ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — As the 2019-20 academic year comes to an end for the university's students, Tom Missel, SBU’s chief communications officer, explained a handful of updates to TAPinto Greater Olean. 

When SBU decided on March 19 to move classes online for the remainder of the semester, it required most students to move out of residence halls by March 23 at 8 p.m.  However, 36 students were granted permission to stay on campus. Those students will have to move out by May 15, according to Missel.

“They will be departing by May 15 when their housing agreement with the university ends for this academic year,” Missel wrote in an email to TAPinto Greater Olean. “Since the university has made the decision to make all classes online for Summer Session I, we are not offering on-campus housing beyond mid-May for Session I.”

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Missel added that residence halls will be professionally cleaned and sanitized over the summer. 

SBU administrators remain hopeful that the university can still host summer events on campus, including freshman orientation. The first of three overnight orientation sessions starts on July 9. Other sessions start on July 13 and July 16. 

Plans can change quickly, though. If the large group gatherings are not possible by July, SBU’s  First-Year Experience team will conduct virtual orientations on the same schedule as the on-campus orientations.

“Yes, we’re still hopeful, and continue to take registrations from incoming freshmen. But, of course, the First-Year Experience team is actively developing contingency plans to conduct Orientation “virtually” if our hands are still tied,” Missel wrote.

The university has not yet made a final decision on commencement, which was scheduled for May 17. In March, SBU President Dr. Dennis DePerro promised seniors that they would have a commencement ceremony at a later date. Missel said discussions are ongoing, and SBU hopes to announce something in the middle of May. 

On May 17, SBU will post a pre-produced video for seniors on YouTube, and graduates will receive a gift package in advance of the day, according to Missel.

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