Chancellor Jim Malatras of the State University of New York is mandating that all students using on-campus facilities must test negative within the 10 days prior to leaving campus for Thanksgiving break. The order is estimated affect 140,000 students at SUNY’s 64 colleges.
“By requiring all students to test negative before leaving, we are implementing a smart, sensible policy that protects students’ families and hometown communities and drastically reduces the chances of Covid-19 community spread,” Malatras said in a statement.
The university system said that nonresidential students who test positive or who are exposed to COVID-19 must follow the strict quarantine and isolation guidance from their respective county health department.
Both colleges and universities must submit a plan comprehensive plan no later than Nov. 5.
“While we understand there is a lot of focus on plans for the spring semester, we must first finish this semester safely,” Malatras said. “I want to thank our students for the phenomenal effort during these difficult times as well as SUNY health policy experts for helping us create this guidance that ensures a safe wind down of the fall semester.”
Many SUNY schools, including the University at Buffalo, are ceasing in-person classes and activities as of Thanksgiving break.