SUNY Chancellor Malatras Statement on Tompkins Cortland Community College Action

September 2, 2020

"I spoke with Tompkins Cortland Community College President Montague who, out of an abundance of caution, decided to go to fully remote learning for the remainder of this week. Currently, six of TC3's students have tested positive for COVID-19 and the college is investigating whether the students violated the college’s code of conduct. President Montague implemented a robust testing protocol as part of TC3's reopening plan, and as a result of these cases will continue surveillance testing by using Upstate Medical University's innovative new pool testing to monitor and contain any spread of COVID-19. I applaud President Montague and her team for developing a comprehensive response plan, their quick and decisive action, and expanding surveillance testing in order to keep the entire college community safe."

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