ONEONTA, N.Y. — Students will return to in-person learning at Hartwick College Wednesday, after going fully remote for two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak at SUNY Oneonta.
Hartwick officials say there are currently seven active cases among students, and they are all in isolation. There are no cases among faculty and staff.
Several students remained on campus throughout the two-week remote period, and Hartwick President Margaret L. Drugovich says they followed the guidelines during that time.
“Our students have made it clear that they want to return to the classroom, and the vast majority have demonstrated they can and will honor the rules we’ve put in place to control the spread of COVID-19,” said Drugovich. “Now, our ability to continue in-person instruction is dependent on every member of our community taking responsibility for themselves and others by following our comprehensive guidelines. We have articulated a bright line for what behavior is acceptable for our community and what is not, and we will continue to hold everyone accountable. We believe there is a direct relationship between the exemplary behavior of nearly all members of our community and our infection rate of less than one percent.”
Any students who chose to do their remote learning off campus, can return by appointment only from Sept. 16 – 23.
College officials say students must complete a form, and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, before returning to campus. Those students who spent the remote period in a New York area designated a “hot spot” by the state, will not be allowed to return to campus this semester.
While the positivity rate at Hartwick is below 1%, all students, staff and faculty on campus are required to get a coronavirus test every other week through Nov. 20.
SUNY Oneonta announced it would go remote for the remainder of the fall semester, after confirming nearly 400 cases the first week of September. The college now has more than 700 positive cases.