Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that beginning March 19, all classroom instruction across SUNY will move to other modalities, such as online delivery. In response to his announcement, SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris released a statement to the campus community:

“So that we may prepare to meet the governor’s directive, I have decided to extend students’ spring break for a week. During that time, we will work with our faculty to implement this academic transition. Classes will resume on Monday, March 23.

While our campus will remain open and we will welcome students back, we also recognize that some students may choose not to return to their residence halls following spring break, but rather complete the spring semester from home. The college supports this decision and is discussing with SUNY whether this would trigger any refund. This is one of many issues that we already have begun to consider.

All of us at the college recognize the uncertainty and anxiety that COVID-19 brings and understand that today’s announcement raises many questions for students and their families. We are moving as quickly as we can to address these, ensure the continuity of instruction, and be ready to work alongside the Department of Health, should there be a case of COVID-19 at SUNY Oneonta.

We will share updates as they become available via email to the campus community and on our Coronavirus Information webpage. Again, I must ask for your patience. We are hard at work, and there is much to do in the coming days and weeks.”