SUNY Cortland Switching to Online Classes Only Due to Outbreak
The school has passed the 100 COVID-19 case threshold.
According to News 10, SUNY Cortland is now switching to online classes starting on Wednesday October 7th because the school has passed the 100-case threshold within a two week time period. The two time period for the school started back on Saturday September 26th and was set to end on Friday October 9th.
The school has reported that they are dealing with 101 active cases of COVID-19 since the time period started, with most being students that live off campus. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras has said that "this is an off-campus issue. Students who are off-campus are mostly the ones who are contracting the virus."
In response to breaking the threshold Malatras said, "Now that SUNY Cortland must pause and shift to remote learning the college must redouble its efforts to stabilize and contain the virus on campus. It’s up to the entire campus community to come together and bend the curve so that every student has the chance to enjoy their campus experience."
New York State has given guidance to any school that reaches the 100 or five percent threshold within a two-week period, and if they reach it, they must do the following:
Make all campus dining and food service options takeout and delivery
Change all classes to online-only, but may do in-person activities like clinical, laboratory, licensure and research, in consultation with the local health department
Stop in-person athletics, extracurricular programs and non-essential services; Medical services, counseling and other services will continue
Keep all residential facilities open
As of today, there is no word on how long the school will be "online only" but when it changes we will update this story.
As far as any student not following safety protocols that have been put in place to prevent the spread, SUNY Cortland President has made it clear that any student not following guidelines will "face immediate academic and housing suspension and possible dismissal, loss of athletic eligibility, and ineligibility for admission at every other SUNY college."