Updated: August 04, 2020 07:33 AM
Created: August 04, 2020 05:14 AM
HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Some students returning to campus at local colleges and universities are facing new rules and new costs due to the coronavirus.
It's mainly affecting students coming from states on New York's travel advisory list.
Some students from the Rochester Institute of Technology emailed News10NBC regarding the cost of getting back on campus.
Currently, state guidelines require students coming from 34 states, Puerto Rico and D.C. to quarantine for 2 weeks. These students will be required to complete their quarantine off-campus.
Additionally, all students will be required to fill out a travel form prior to their arrival.
RIT has made space available for students at its hotel, but at an additional cost of nearly $800 for a room and meals. In addition, guidelines require students from those advisory states to have a negative COVID-19 test by Aug. 23 to return to campus and keep their housing contract.
Students say the additional cost is too much and the rules are too strict.
News10NBC’s Lynette Adams spoke with Seth Britton, an RIT student who has opted to stay off-campus this year and take classes strictly online. He's not convinced the measures in place will be enough to prevent the virus from spreading.
"It's a decision of putting my health before anything else,” Britton said. “I feel safer at the mall with all the masks and security guards and hand sanitizer stations and I won't feel that safe on campus, so it's just not the right call."
RIT spokesperson Ellen Rosen says RIT is doing everything it can to mitigate the spread of the virus and has set up these contingency plans, but it going in with eyes wide open.
Rosen goes on to say students deserve and have come to expect a high-quality educational experience and RIT is doing its best to deliver.
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