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UNIVERSITY: State can’t delay on return date

Higher education continues to ponder the next steps to reopening buildings and a campus following the COVID-19 crisis that has impacted a state and nation. Locally, the State University of New York at Fredonia is making plans while awaiting guidelines from Albany.

Don’t look now, but time is running out.

With classes scheduled to begin in August, the fall semester is only two months away. That is not much time.

At the last College Council meeting, one plan was heard about opening in August and not having a break until Thanksgiving. At that time, students would go home and finish the semester with more online courses. “A number of campuses are doing that (finishing classes before Thanksgiving) in case there will be a second wave (of COVID-19),” said interim President Dennis Hefner. “We are expecting to reopen.”

Now, New York state needs some urgency to make this happen.

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