SUNY Cortland outlines spring reopening plan

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SUNY Cortland has issued reopening plans to keep the community safe during the Spring semester.

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Move-ins start next week in residence halls, but some students already began their leases in off-campus housing.

All students are required to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to school.

Each will also be tested once a week, along with all faculty and staff members.

Communications director Fred Pierce addressed city leaders at last night’s meeting of Cortland Common Council:

“We will continue to enforce mask and social distancing protocols,” Pierce said. “We are also going to extend our discipline into neighborhoods and make sure these rules are enforced away from campus, as well.”


Press play below to hear Pierce’s full update last night:


More details are outlined in the full re-opening plan, which recently got approved by SUNY Administration.

University president Erik Bitterbaum followed up on Pierce’s comments in a statement issued this afternoon.

“We live in a time of extraordinary challenges, so we are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety and success of our students,” Bitterbaum said. “By limiting the spread of the virus, we can provide an engaging and rewarding educational experience despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19.”

In-person and online classes start up on February 1.

Two wellness days are scheduled in lieu of any extended breaks.

As during the fall semester, students may not invite guests to campus and members of the community are not allowed to use campus facilities.

Statistics on COVID testing and case numbers are available through the daily SUNY COVID-19 Tracker.

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