Binghamton University closes after coronavirus outbreak, University at Buffalo defies guidelines to remain open | #students | #parents

The State University of New York (SUNY) system saw two colleges—Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo—reach 100 new COVID-19 cases this week. One hundred cases within a two-week period is the state threshold for a temporary 14-day pause on in-person learning.

SUNY Administration building (Wikipedia Commons)

This marks the second time in the fall semester that Binghamton has been forced to close due to an outbreak of COVID-19. The university closed on October 8 after 89 students became infected within a two-week period and it became apparent that 100 cases would be reached in a matter of days.

The fact that Binghamton has had two major outbreaks this semester is an indictment of the bipartisan campaign to reopen schools and colleges, and a warning of the general upsurge in cases around the country. Binghamton University has closed its campus until the Thanksgiving holiday, when all SUNY students will return home for the rest of the semester. The University at Buffalo, however, has decided to remain open until November 24.

On Tuesday, Binghamton President Harvey Stenger announced that the campus would be halting in-person instruction beginning Wednesday. He stated that core campus facilities would remain open and that staff should continue with their normal work. In-person academic exams that had been scheduled for next week will now be held online.

With the suspension of in-person learning, Binghamton will move into the post Thanksgiving remote learning period early. All SUNY schools have agreed to move to full remote after the holiday in order to avoid transmission to and from the campus.

Per state guidelines, all students will be required to receive a negative test before they can leave for home. Stenger encouraged all students to remain on campus or in their off-campus housing until the scheduled break and to report for their scheduled coronavirus test.

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