ONEONTA, NY - Hartwick College announced Friday that it is changing its visitor policy and limiting access to campus, including barring most visitors until further notice.
The college says only students, employees, delivery drivers, scheduled visitors, and those with written permission will be admitted to campus. Violators of this policy will be charged with trespassing.
Hartwick says these changes are precautionary and there are no reported cases of coronavirus on its campus.
“We will continue to take every necessary step to ensure that you can remain on campus through November 20, and receive face-to-face instruction whenever possible. Our collective success will depend on your actions," said Vice President for Enrollment & Student Experience Karen McGrath in an email to students.
The college also reminded students to wear masks at all times while in public areas on campus, and limit their time off campus out of respect for the Oneonta community. Those who refuse to wear masks on campus will be sent home.
SUNY and the City of Oneonta announced Friday afternoon at least 20 SUNY Oneonta students have tested positive for COVID-19, and steps are being taken to change testing procedures and stop the spread of the virus.