ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — More than 60 university students from states with high rates of coronavirus began arriving on campus Wednesday to start their mandatory 14-day quarantines, SBU’s Chief Communications Officer Tom Missel told TAPinto Greater Olean.
SBU estimates at least 130 students from 34 states and Puerto Rico will be required to follow Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s June 24 executive order that requires individuals traveling to New York from states with high COVID-19 rates to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Missel said the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York had hoped the governor would modify the policy for college students.
The university communicated with students impacted by the travel restrictions in an email on July 30 and indicated that students living on campus could move into their residence halls on Aug. 5.
Students quarantining on campus who have meal plans will be entitled to three daily meals provided by the university at no additional cost, according to the July 30 email. They need to pick up their meals under a large tent between the Richter and Reilly centers, Missel said.
Students quarantining on campus without meal plans were asked to bring enough food to last them 14 days, according to the July 30 email. In an effort to reduce face-to-face interaction, food delivery drivers will not be allowed on campus, Missel said.
Students can leave their rooms to go on walks and get physical activity but only by themselves, according to Missel. Students will also be allowed to leave campus for medical reasons. Each student has been assigned a staff person who will call them once a day to check on their health and to see if they are in need of anything.
Students living off campus, according to the July 30 email, will need to make their own plans and quarantine at local hotels or within New York State with family members or at their off-campus residence. Students who opt to quarantine at local hotels will have to do so at their own expense, according to the July 30 email.
The university requires students traveling from impacted locations to complete New York State’s Traveler Health Form. Students will also be required to sign a St. Bonaventure University attestation, confirming they have complied with quarantine requirements, upon arrival on campus, according to the July 30 email.
According to SBU’s 25-page reopening plan, all students must test negative for COVID-19 within 14 days of returning to campus for the fall semester. In addition, students must fill out health-and-symptom questionnaires within 48 hours of their returns.
SBU will start its fall semester on Aug. 24, one week earlier than originally scheduled. The new fall schedule also removes the Oct. 13-14 fall break. On-campus instruction will end on Nov. 24, and the fall semester will continue on Nov. 30 with three days of online-only instruction, a reading/study day and five days of online final exams.
Only a small group of other students, including men’s and women’s basketball players, freshmen orientation leaders, residence assistants and a handful of others, have been permitted to move into residence halls early, according to page five of SBU’s reopening plan.
Move-in days for the rest of the student body will be staggered. Freshmen and transfer students will arrive on campus Aug. 21. Returning students, meanwhile, will return on Aug. 22 or Aug. 23, depending on their last names.
For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.
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