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SUNY Cortland closes campus for rest of Spring Semester

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Governor Cuomo has directed all SUNY institutions – including Cortland – to close their campuses and use distance learning to complete the remainder of the spring semester.

SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum says no decision has been made on the school’s 2020 Commencement, currently scheduled for May 15-16.

Check outs begin this Saturday (March 21), with all students required to submit an intent form and either schedule a time to remove belongings or request to remain on campus.

According to Bitterbaum, students leaving on-campus housing are expected to vacate by next Sunday (March 29).

The process is capped at 50 residents per time slot for each building as per County Health guidance.

All residence halls will be closed on April 13 with the only exceptions made for students who fall into one of these categories:

  • International students and others for whom SUNY Cortland is their primary housing
  • Students who do not currently have a safe or healthy home environment
  • Students who have limited or no access to technology at home

Bitterbaum says students who return in the fall can use credit from unused room and board fees on their next student bills.

Those who are graduating in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 will be credited refunds to their student account.

More details about this process are expected in the coming days.

Thousands of students living in off-campus apartments in the city of Cortland and surrounding areas.

“We know many of you feel you have no choice but to return to Cortland. We appreciate that, but urge you to reconsider, if possible,” President Bitterbaum said addressing off-campus students. “If you do return to Cortland, please remember that your actions are likely to impact the health of others, including fellow students, older adults and those with underlying health issues who are likely to be more severely affected by the virus.”

Cortland County is currently under a State of Emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATE (03/20 – 9:28 AM)

TC3 is not closing under the same conditions as SUNY Cortland.

The college has been under an emergency closing lasting March 18-20 and will be changing the delivery of most courses beginning when Spring Break ends on March 30.

Exceptions for labs and clinicals may be considered, as appropriate.

To help reduce population density, the Dryden campus is closed to visitors until further notice.

Residence halls and campus services will remain open for students, however those who leave for Spring Break will be quarantined when they return, in consultation with the Tompkins County Health Department.

Stay tuned with WXHC News for updates on this developing story.

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