Updated: March 21, 2020 06:12 PM
Created: March 21, 2020 04:30 PM
BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — Some quarantined students are free to go home after they were ordered to return from study abroad programs earlier this month over concerns about the coronavirus and the outbreak in Europe and other countries.
“I was excited and really happy!” student Sabrina Diaz said.
Diaz was one of 18 original students staying in Gordon Hall for two weeks as they were monitored for any symptoms.
"My homework was a focus and I was able to catch up because in Florence since schools were closing earlier we were actually really behind so that gave us time to catch up,” Diaz said.
All the students were screened and showed no signs of the coronavirus. Diaz said she's glad to be able to go back to a somewhat normal life.
“I was trying to remain positive so I tried doing whatever I normally would and I would wake up and try not to lay in bed all day,” Diaz said.
SUNY Brockport President Heidi Macpherson said the whole community rallied together to make the process as smooth as possible.
“We’re part of the SUNY family and we step up when we’re asked to and we made sure that those students who were part of our SUNY family were as comfortable as they could possibly be,” Macpherson said.
She said they are working with as a SUNY-wide system basis to make sure anyone affected gets a partial refund and an education that won't go interrupted.
“As far as tuition, we're continuing to ensure they have the best educational opportunities they can,” Macpherson said.
Macpherson said the students who haven't finished their 14 days will still stay on campus and be leaving early next week.
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