Update: July 6, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
I am pleased to announce that State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson has approved Buffalo State College’s plan to restart operations this fall with a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online courses. We are Ready to Roar again!
Based on guidance from Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health, we submitted our re-start plan to SUNY for review on June 23, and it was approved by the chancellor on July 1. I must note that Buffalo State’s plan remains subject to change based on evolving health and safety information, guidance, or direction from the State of New York and the Governor’s Office.
As students prepare to return to residence halls and classrooms, and faculty and staff to classrooms and offices, I would encourage everyone to review Buffalo State’s coronavirus website for up-to-date information, protocols, and guidance. Our re-start plan has also been added to the website, including information about our careful strategy to repopulate campus ahead of the fall semester, how we will monitor COVID-19 infections in our community, and efforts to contain and limit exposures, as well as guidelines to follow if it should become necessary to return to remote instruction.
While we should all be proud of the steps New Yorkers have taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our state, we must remain vigilant. Full compliance with face coverings and social distancing will be imperative to a safe semester. Wearing a mask protects not only you; it protects your fellow Bengals. We are in this together. Please do your part to keep your friends, classmates, faculty, and colleagues safe. Wear a mask.
As we inch closer to the fall semester, I must also call attention to the new mandatory 14-day quarantine period for any individuals returning to New York from a growing list of states with high COVID-19 infection rates. The mandatory quarantine period applies to all new and current members of the Buffalo State community, including faculty and staff. If you are planning to travel to any of these states this summer, you must quarantine for 14 days upon return before resuming normal activities and returning to Buffalo State. If you are a resident student who resides in a state on this list, the Residence Life Office will work with you to arrange quarantine housing upon your return to campus. The list of affected states, found on the Department of Health website, is expected to change and will be updated frequently. Please continue to monitor your state’s status.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Be well and roar on!
President, Buffalo State College
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