Albany – State University of
New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that most campuses have
stabilized in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
While the majority of SUNY’s 64
campuses have returned to a normal class schedule, fourteen in the New York
City, Long Island, and Westchester areas continue to report cancellations or
closures. SUNY Old Westbury, and certain branch locations
of Stony Brook University, SUNY Empire State College, and Suffolk Community
College remain without power.
“SUNY moved quickly from
storm preparation to response and recovery,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Our
emergency teams have been working around the clock to ensure a quick return to
campus for students, faculty, and staff. It’s situations like these that
highlight the deep connections between our campuses and the communities they
serve, and we are providing them with the support and resources they need to
get all of New York back on its feet.”
Members of the SUNY System
Emergency Response Team have been stationed 24/7 at both the State Emergency
Operations Center and at the SUNY Emergency Operations Center to ensure quick,
effective, and coordinated response.
“We evaluated potential needs
early on and positioned resources before the storm hit and, as soon as
conditions allowed, deployed as needed,” said Robert Haelen, vice chancellor
for capital facilities and general manager of the SUNY Construction Fund. “Even
with disruptions in the transportation network, we were able to deliver
generators where they needed to go in a timely manner. We also have a team of
Construction Fund staff at SUNY Maritime helping to evaluate the situation and
get their basic systems back online.”
Other issues campuses are
facing include flooding, downed trees, roof damage, and problems with IT
In addition, several campuses
are hosting shelters for the surrounding communities. These
include SUNY New Paltz, Mohawk Valley Community College, Rockland
Community College, and Suffolk Community College.
“While facilities can be
repaired, what is most important is that our students are safe and our
employees are back to work or able to care for their loved ones,” added
Chancellor Zimpher. “The teamwork and collegiality that comes alive across the
system in these times of need are truly an emblematic symbol of The Power of
The following is
a summary of campus statuses as of Wednesday, October 29, 2012:
Downstate Medical Center college classes are canceled Wednesday.
All Downstate hospital and clinical sites are open and providing full services.
Empire State College centers closed include:
New York City offices (Wednesday and Thursday), Long Island offices, Hartsdale,
Farmingdale classes are cancelled Wednesday.
Fashion Institute of Technology classes are canceled Wednesday,
and are expected to resume Thursday.
Maritime is closed. Students were encouraged to leave campus.
Watercraft and large Maritime and Kings Points ships are being secured. The
roof of their Science & Engineering Building has blown off. Power was
Nassau County Community College has canceled class Wednesday.
Old Westbury is closed. They have lost power and sustained tree
damage due to high winds.
Optometry has canceled classes and scheduled patient care for
Purchase has canceled classes Wednesday. They expect to resume
Rockland Community College is closed Wednesday.
Stony Brook University has cancelled classes Wednesday. The
Southampton campus has lost power and residents have been relocated to the main
campus. The Hospital remains open. They are prepared to accept patients
evacuated from other facilities.
Suffolk Community College is closed Wednesday.
Sullivan Community College is closed Wednesday.
Westchester Community College is closed Wednesday.
campuses are operating as usual.
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than 465,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64
campuses with more than 3 million alumni around the globe. To learn more
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