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SUNY Brockport students react to shift to online classes

Andrew Hyman
Updated: March 11, 2020 11:44 PM
Created: March 11, 2020 11:40 PM

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — Some students at SUNY Brockport say they are working to figure their next steps as the college prepares to transition to “distance learning.”

The college announced it will join other SUNY and CUNY schools as part of a response to the spread of the novel coronavirus in New York State.

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In a series of tweets, the college spelled out its policy, which included a transition to “alternative delivery formats” wherever possible, a restriction on non-student guests, and a limited attendance policy for on-campus events, among other changes.

"It'd definitely be hard to speak with [a professor],” Janelle Scott, a freshman, said. “If you have personal questions you'll have to email them and have to wait on their time to get an answer back, and with finals and stuff like that it'd definitely be harder."

The campus will remain open for the rest of the semester, as faculty and staff are still required to be at work. 

Though the college's Residential Life/Learning Communities sent out an email, which encourages students who leave for spring break to not return after, and to take along any sort of personal belongings.

"Everyone's calling their families and seeing what they should do,” Julia Aronica, a junior, said. “Some people have farther travel than I do too, so that makes it difficult."

Students like freshman AJ Cybulski told us leaving the dorms could leave money on the table, both for room and board, but also for meal plans. 

“I want a refund, I’m not paying, and I’m paying to get my education here, not take online classes," Cybulski said.

While the college is ultimately leaving it up to students to decide on what to do, the students feel the college needs to either keep everyone off or everyone on.

A SUNY spokesperson told News10NBC refunds are being considered by campuses part of their planning, though no further details were added.


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