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Nine students, three organizations at SUNY Geneseo suspended for COVID-19 protocol violations

SUNY Geneseo
Posted at 2:31 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 13:17:00-04

GENESEO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Nine students and three student organizations at SUNY Geneseo have been suspended relating to violations of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

In an email sent out to students and parents that was obtained by 7 Eyewitness News, the school says the Sigma Delta Tau sorority and Theta Chi and Zeta Beta Xi fraternities and nine students were placed on interim suspension pending a Student Code of Conduct review.

A letter sent from SUNY Geneseo President Denise Battles said the following

We have all seen examples from around the country of institutions having to move to online learning after an unsuccessful in-person start. No one wants that outcome for Geneseo. It is therefore critical that we all work together to ensure we are doing all we can to stop the spread of coronavirus.
SUNY Geneseo President Denise Battles

The school is advocating for these measures for students and staff

  • Wearing face masks in public locations where six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained, as well as in all instructional spaces including, classrooms, lecture halls, and laboratories, and all common areas including in residence halls and all buildings.
  • Restricting residence hall access to those who are assigned to that building. Residents are not permitted to visit another resident’s room (even within the same residence hall).
  • Ensuring that all gatherings, including those off-campus, adhere to proper mask wearing, physical distancing, and occupancy limits.

The school only has one active COVID-19 case according to the school's COVID-19 dashboard which you can find here.

The school did not say what these students and organizations are accused of doing.