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SUNY Brockport announces suspensions over ‘large gathering’

More student suspensions have been announced by the State University of New York system. This weekend, Chancellor Jim Malatras spoke of an incident involving members of the SUNY Brockport men’s soccer team and other student athletes.

“I spoke with SUNY Brockport President Heidi Macpherson about her decision to place their men’s soccer program and several student athletes on interim suspension following a large gathering involving students who were violating safety protocols,” Malatras said. “I fully support the college’s action.

“As we have seen on other campuses, this virus can spread rapidly, causing the suspension of on campus activities and in person instruction for the vast majority of students who are doing the right thing. We cannot let a few individuals ruin it for the entire SUNY community. Therefore, working with our campus leaders across the SUNY system we are finalizing a comprehensive, unified response to address COVID-19 violations on all SUNY campuses. We must continue to send a loud and clear message that we will not tolerate blatant violations during this new normal. It’s unfair to the students, faculty, staff, and families who have done so much to re-open our colleges and universities.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Brockport has only eight reported cases, according to the SUNY tracker. SUNY Fredonia’s number is at 99 since the start of the fall semester.

SUNY Fredonia suspended 13 students earlier this month after large gatherings were reported off campus.

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