On Sunday, New York officials announced students at SUNY Oneonta would move to remote learning for at least two weeks after 100 students tested positive for the coronavirus.
It took five more days for those confirmed cases to balloon to more than 300 students on the campus of about 6,000 students. And on Thursday, SUNY officials announced the fall semester would have in-person classes canceled entirely.
"While this is sudden news and something no one wanted, the risk to our campus and Oneonta community is too great," SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris wrote in a letter to students.
"I know the vast majority of our students have been diligent in protecting our campus since day one. We [are] committed to do everything we could to mitigate this situation, and today, that means ending residential housing for this semester."
State officials have said off-campus parties coincided with the rapid spread of the virus among the student body.
More information is expected this afternoon, when SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras gives a news briefing. Jean Morris, in the letter, said the chancellor is expected to help the college to "develop and implement a plan to send on-campus students home" for the rest of the fall semester.