While it may be tempting to make a weekend trip to beautiful South Hill, we are asking that everyone respect our remote status and remain away from campus unless approved to be here. As COVID-19 continues to spread, and hotspots emerge even within New York State, travel in and out of our community – to visit campus or friends living here – is a significant contributor to the positive cases we are experiencing. Furthermore, the continued attempts to access campus by individuals who should be remote, is taxing our current infrastructure.
Only a few hundred students are approved to access campus this fall, about 9 percent of our usual student population. As President Collado previously announced, this includes students in select cohorts of health professions programs (specifically athletic training, occupational therapy, and physical therapy) where hands-on coursework is required by accreditation standards and/or preparation for licensure. Graduate students in our education, business, and music programs may also access campus for some coursework. Student workers designated as essential for business continuity are on campus, as are about 130 residential students approved through our exceptions process for extenuating circumstances.