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Campus Reopening Plans

Fall 2020 Reopening Plans

SUNY and all 64 schools have developed plans to resume on-campus activities and in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. With guidance from Governor Cuomo, the New York State Department of Health, NY Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board, and NY Reimagine Education Advisory Council, and pursuant to the Phase 4 Industry Guidelines for Higher Education, the SUNY system has carefully prepared these plans over the course of several months.

In April, SUNY established a COVID-19 Resume and Restart Task Force, with seven working groups focused on specific areas integral to a safe and successful restart:

  1. Academic Continuity
  2. Physical Preparedness
  3. Research Enterprise and Science of Reopening
  4. Student Wellness
  5. Community Colleges
  6. Community Engagement
  7. Resources

Each SUNY campus formed a similar task force to carry out planning for restarting on-campus operations and developing individual campus plans. Executive summaries of these plans were provided to the SUNY Chancellor in early June. Plans were thoroughly reviewed and evaluated by SUNY leadership, with frequent communication with all campuses.

Final certification of each campus plan was delegated to SUNY by the Governor on June 18, 2020. Each plan was required to meet the strict mandates set forth in the Higher Education Guidelines and published by New York Forward for Phase 4 Industries (

In addition, the campuses were asked to include elements in their plans that conformed to the following checklist:

1. Plans to repopulate the campus should include consideration of:

2. Monitoring for COVID-19 on campus must include:

3. Containment plans should provide a response to positive or suspected cases, as well as policies and practices that prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as:

4. Contingency plans for ramping down and/or returning to remote operations ("Shutdown") should include:

Each campus plan was rigorously reviewed by SUNY and in some instances, revised to ensure compliance with state mandates. Some "best practices" were encouraged, but not required. This has led to variations in reopening among the campuses, which is fully permitted under the Higher Education Guidelines.

Each plan remains subject to change as facts and guidance are modified.

Below are the detailed plans of each of the 64 SUNY colleges and universities

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Undergraduate teaching, research and advanced graduate and professional studies are top priorities for the University Centers and Doctoral Degree Granting Institutions. All campuses are research institutions and offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through a broad range of academic programs. Undergraduate research and honors programs provide students with opportunities to interact one-on-one with renowned national and international faculty.
University Colleges are leaders in undergraduate instruction and provide bachelor's and master's degrees in liberal arts and sciences and professional disciplines. These campuses are mostly situated in small cities and towns. Student success is the primary focus as evidenced by faculty and staff interactions through honors programs, independent study opportunities, research and study abroad.
Cutting-edge, hands-on training for in-demand careers is the focus of Technology Colleges. Over 300 academic programs are available through certificate programs, associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in technical, as well as traditional, disciplines. Excellent campus support services, investments in the latest equipment, and state-of-the-art facilities complement the classroom instruction. Internships and on-the-job training provide students with hands-on experience that is sought after by employers.
As leaders in higher education - in New York State and throughout the nation - community colleges respond to the educational needs of all people and their local, state and global communities. SUNY's 30 Community Colleges provide access to higher education by offering certificate programs and associate degrees, as well as transfer and career services. Many of the community colleges also offer on-campus living. Students benefit from smaller classes, flexible course scheduling and affordable career exploration.