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SUNY enhances penalties for violating protocol

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SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced new enhanced standards for violators of COVID-19 safety protocols to strengthen penalties for reckless behavior and non-compliance.

Student violators now face immediate academic and housing suspension, as well as possible dismissal, and student organizations in noncompliance face a permanent campus ban.

The policy was drafted in consultation with leaders from campuses across the SUNY system, designed to try and remain open during the pandemic.

Malatras also announced that total campus-administered COVID-19 tests for the fall semester has surpassed 100k.

SUNY’s current overall positivity rate stands at 0.75%. Over the past week, just 0.4% of tests have come back positive.

“I have spoken with our SUNY campus leadership and they know both what is at risk as well as their role in preventing new COVID-19 cases by enforcing health and safety protocols,” said Chancellor Malatras. “Intentional or otherwise, there continues to be some individuals violating these critical measures on campuses, increasing the chances of spreading the coronavirus and shutting down on-campus activity. We want all of our students to have fun and enjoy campus life, but we must do so safely. While a vast majority of our students are complying with the rules, we cannot let a few people ruin it for everyone.”

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