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SUNY approves Buffalo State College plans for fall semester

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:28:51-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo State College says SUNY has approved the reopening plan for the fall semester.

Officials say the college will resume on-campus classes, as well as continuing some hybrid and online courses.

“We intend to prioritize on-campus instruction for courses, labs, studios, and practicums where in-person interactions and hands-on experiences are critical to student learning,” says Katherine Conway-Turner, president of Buffalo State College, in a statement back in June. “Core and signature experience courses will also be targeted and prioritized for in-person instruction, while other classes may be offered in a true hybrid format—that is, with lectures offered online and supplemental in-person instruction in smaller groups. Many classes that can be effectively delivered 100 percent online will remain remote to help reduce density on campus. Course schedules will be finalized and posted to Banner in late July.”

The college says residence halls will also be operational in the fall semester, but with reduced occupancy.

The academic calendar will also be modified, according to officials. Classes are set to begin at the end of August and in-person instruction will end before the Thanksgiving holiday, then transition into finishing the remainder of the semester online. The fall break will be canceled.

Everyone on campus will be required to wear a mask until further notice when social distancing is not possible.

"Buffalo State’s plan remains subject to change based on evolving health and safety information, guidance, or direction from the State of New York and the Governor’s Office," says Conway-Turner in a statement.