Colleges and universities will receive guidance from the state to allow some in-person instruction and on-campus housing and for the fall semester, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday during his daily coronavirus briefing.

“New York state is issuing guidance today for colleges and universities that are planning September full reopenings,” Cuomo said. “We are asking them to develop plans. We still need more data between now and September to make a definitive determination, but we want to make sure we’re starting to prepare.

“We’re starting to prepare plans for K-12,” the governor said. “We’re doing the same with college guidance, and colleges can go and get examples of considerations, but we need reopening plans, monitoring plans, containment plans, and shut down plans.”

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who visited businesses in Olean and Cuba Thursday, called Cuomo’s announcement “a very positive step forward.”

Hochul said colleges should look at safety measures already in place, such as masks and social distancing, and then address issues such as housing students and managing large lecture halls.

“We are asking for all the colleges to give us their plans and submit them by early July for us to take a look at,” she told TAPinto Greater Olean.

On Friday, the St. Bonaventure University Faculty Senate will consider a proposal to start the fall semester on Aug. 24, one week earlier than scheduled.

The proposal also calls for canceling the fall midterm break, scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13, and ending in-person instruction on Nov. 24. Courses would resume online on Nov. 30, and the semester’s exam schedule would end on Dec. 9.

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