SUNY Oneonta announces guidelines for students to return to campus

SUNY Oneonta released guidelines for bringing students back to campus for the Fall semester. Dr. Barbara Jean Morris said the college studied 7 different scenarios before ending up with the one they have now.

Posted: Jul 2, 2020 7:18 PM

ONEONTA, N.Y. --- SUNY Oneonta released guidelines for bringing students back to campus for the Fall semester. Dr. Barbara Jean Morris said the college studied 7 different scenarios before ending up with the one they have now.

"We have standards in place that include surveying, monitoring and testing, and isolation if needed when we expect infections to occur and if they occur on campus," said Morris.

The plan was submitted and approved by the State and SUNY system. To limit the potential exposure of the virus to students, the college has set forth the following guidelines.

The college will be limiting in-person instruction. A majority of classes will be held online or a combination of in-person and remote learning.

Students whose learning is solely online will study away from campus. This will decrease the number of students on campus.

Students and staff will be subject to health screenings and will participate in health training. Everyone will need to wear masks when social distancing cannot be possible.

Hands-on labs will also be held in larger rooms.

The academic calendar for the fall semester is also changing. Classes will resume on their normal date of August 24th and end on December 15th.

There will be no fall break and in-person teaching on campus will end at the start of Thanksgiving break. The college will be doing remote learning for the remainder of the semester including finals.

Residential life will also see its fair set of changes. Students will be moving in starting on August 18th. Move-ins will be spaced out over several days to limit the number of people on campus at one time.

The college announced that it will be closing two residence halls to provide 160 beds for isolation in case students contract the virus. President Morris said that this is possible because there won't be as many students on campus due to online learning.

President Morris said that there will be a lot of change, but said she's looking forward to seeing the campus come back to life.

"With regards to our fall semester we couldn't be more excited to welcome our students back to campus," said Morris.

The college's full list of reopening guidelines can be found here.

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