SUNY Cortland on pause for two weeks

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SUNY Cortland will pause all in-person classes and activities beginning tomorrow, following an increase in COVID cases that now puts the school over the 100-case threshold set by the DOH.

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Many are from off-campus students, according to SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras who visited campus last night to discuss more with university President Erik Bitterbaum.

“The health and safety of our community has always been our top priority, so making this shift in our operation is the best action to take given our circumstances,” said Bitterbaum. “The next two weeks will be challenging. But it’s what we need to do in order to continue functioning as a campus and a concerned member of the Cortland community. We can’t let up. That’s not what members of the SUNY Cortland family do.”

Residential facilities will remain open and all students will be retested for the virus.

There will also be increased enforcement of new uniform safety standards that Malatras announced last week.

“Now that SUNY Cortland must pause and shift to remote learning the college must redouble its efforts to stabilize and contain the virus on campus,” said Chancellor Malatras. “It’s up to the entire campus community to come together and bend the curve so that every student has the chance to enjoy their campus experience.”

The university currently has 101 active COVID-19 cases within its current two-week window, which began September 26 and runs through this Friday.

Athletics and Greek Life were preemptively suspended indefinitely on September 13, and will remain suspended.

Chancellor Malatras appointed Frank Lawrence, Commissioner of SUNY University Police, to work with Cortland University Police on safety protocol enforcement.

Pursuant to NYSDOH guidance if a campus reaches the 100 or five percent threshold within a two-week period the campus must implement the following:

  • Convert all campus dining and food service options to takeout/delivery.
  • Deliver all classes through remote learning, but may continue to conduct in-person activity such as clinical, laboratory, licensure, and research, in consultation with the local health department.
  • Suspend in-person athletics, extracurricular programs, and non-essential services. Medical services, counseling and other services will continue.
  • Keep all residential facilities open.

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