NY public university president resigns after 700 students test positive for COVID-19

By: | October 16, 2020

The president of the State University of New York at Oneonta abruptly resigned after the school experienced the worst coronavirus outbreak at a public university in the state.

SUNY- Oneonta reported 712 coronavirus cases since the start of the fall semester in August, and it is currently conducting classes remotely. The school said in a statement that university President Barbara Jean Morris has resigned to “pursue other opportunities.” Dennis Craig, who had been acting president of SUNY-Purchase, will be temporarily stepping in until a permanent president is found.

The Oneonta campus announced on Sept. 3 that it was transitioning to fully-remote learning after nearly 400 students tested positive for the coronavirus after several parties were thrown. The outbreak forced the state to send a virus control crew to the university to keep the spread from reaching the rest of the city, according to the New York Times.

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