ONEONTA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — 2 weeks ago, hartwick college decided to have the first 2 weeks of classes done remotely. Since then, 15 residental students have tested positive for covid-19, 8 are active and none are hospitalized. On wednesday the college will resume in person classes.
“When we go back to face to face, it’ll be about 70% that’s face to face and approximately 30% will be remote.” – Paula Lee Hobson, Vice President for College Advancement, Hartwick College
Before students could return to campus they had to bring proof of a negative test from the last 72 hours. They were tested again on-campus. All students, faculty and staff were required to sign a social compact, to say they will follow the college’s rules and take matters seriously. In addition, everyone must get tested every other week until the end of the semester.
“You must wear a mask at all times when you’re on our campus except when you’re in you’re personal residence hall or in your car. We require every student to take out food. We can no longer offer dining in the dining hall. . . People can no longer come on campus to walk their dogs or just to hike. We are trying to make sure that we limit the number of potential vectors.” – Paula Lee Hobson, Vice President for College Advancement, Hartwick College
Hobson says, for the most part, students have followed the rules, but they won’t tolerate those who don’t.
“We have had a handful that we had to ask to leave which is unfortunate but we had to stand behind. You say this is the rule, and there’s a 2 strike rule, you have to go home when you break it.” Paula Lee Hobson, Vice President for College Advancement, Hartwick College
Under the state’s guidelines, the college will close if 5% of their student body tests positive, which equates to 55 of their 1,100 students. Should things get worse, hartwick has their full covid-19 remote learning plan available on their website. Hobson says keeping classes in-person will depend on students behave.
“It’s obviously going to continue to rest on whether or not our students follow that social compact and simply follow the rules. They wanted to be back in the classroom, they wanted to be back on campus so we’re going to do everything we can to make that happen for them.” – Paula Lee Hobson, Vice President for College Advancement, Hartwick College