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Strict new policies for SUNY students violating COVID-19 guidelines

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SUNY students who violate COVID-19 safety protocols now face immediate academic and housing suspension, as well as possible dismissal, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced on Friday. (WRGB file photo)

SUNY students who violate COVID-19 safety protocols now face immediate academic and housing suspension, as well as possible dismissal, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced on Friday.

Universities must put the new policy into effect no later than October 1 and remain in place until further notice. This follows a rise in coronavirus cases at several SUNY campuses across the state, including SUNY Oswego and Oneonta.

Under the new policy, students violating COVID-19 safety protocols face a range of sanctions, from suspensions to permanent dismissal from the college or university.

Sanctions can be enforced for intentional violations of students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and intentionally expose themselves to other students, students who fail to self isolate, failure to quarantine, hosts or attendees of prohibited gatherings at locations on or off campus, students who repeatedly and/or intentionally violate face mask and social distancing requirements, students who repeatedly fail to comply with contact tracing, and students who do not show up for at least two scheduled appointments for COVID-19 testing or fail to submit daily health screening via the campus’s portal for at least three consecutive days.

The full stipulations and details of the new policy are posted on the SUNY website.

“Intentional or otherwise, there continues to be some individuals violating these critical measures on campuses, increasing the chances of spreading the coronavirus and shutting down on-campus activity," Malatras said in a statement. "We want all of our students to have fun and enjoy campus life, but we must do so safely. While a vast majority of our students are complying with the rules, we cannot let a few people ruin it for everyone."

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