SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras has announced that he is directing SUNY Oneonta to send all on campus students home and cease all in person classes and activities for the rest of the fall semester.

In the statement from the college announcing the shutdown, the school said that the action was being taken to “contain the virus and prevent further community spread.”

All classes for Friday will be cancelled to allow students to prepare to move out.

SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris issued this statement in the college release:

Although this situation is unsettling, I must ask for patience and cooperation from students and families as we work to help students get home to resume remote learning as safely and quickly as possible. We will soon ask all students who have tested negative for COVID-19 to sign up for a move-out time from Friday, Sept. 4, to Monday, Sept. 7. There will also be a process for students who wish to remain on campus to request permission to do so.