NEW YORK – All 64 SUNY campuses across New York State plan to fully reopen with in-person classes this Fall.
Chancellor Jim Malatras says that vaccination rates for SUNY students are outpacing the general state population, meaning schools like Binghamton University and SUNY Corning Community College will return to the classroom with no capacity limits.
The only restrictions will be for those who remain unvaccinated, who will be required to continue masking and social distancing, as well as be subject to weekly COVID testing. They may also be barred from sports and special events.
Malatras says Binghamton University and SUNY Broome have done quite well with student vaccination rates.
“I think Binghamton University as of a couple of weeks ago, had 80% of students had been vaccinated. In Broome, like 77% of their students had been vaccinated. So, that’s good. We’re finding some issues on the faculty and staff side actually. For instance, at Broome Community College, I believe only 40% of their faculty and staff have been vaccinated so far. So, part of what we’re doing is not just focusing on our students, we want everybody to get vaccinated because we want everybody to be able to enjoy the college experience,” says Malatras.
A SUNY Broome official says that the 40% number is derived from a voluntary survey taken over a month ago and that the school expects vaccination rates for faculty and staff to be much higher come the start of the semester.
The SUNY system has launched a 30-day vax challenge, using social media messages, many by fellow students, to encourage the unvaccinated to get their shot.
Watch the full interview with Malatras below: