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Calls for universal COVID-19 policies across SUNY campuses grow louder

Students, advocates, and roughly 500 members of the United University Professions are rallying for campus safety measures this fall across the board at SUNY schools.

This comes as the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to threaten the academic year.


The “Virtual Rally for a Safe SUNY Reopening” is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to mandate stricter on-campus coronavirus safety measures.

“We must prioritize the health and safety of our students, our members, and our communities. We have watched the devastating impacts of the coronavirus on our state and nation,” reads UUP’s website. “The reopening plans being released by campuses do not go far enough to protect our communities and abandon the consistent messaging of Governor Cuomo and Dr. Zucker that we have heard for five months.”

No statewide policies in education and health have been established, which has been cause for concern among some on campuses across the state.


The rally is demanding that resources be found to support reopening safely. Speakers will include:

  • UUP President Frederick E. Kowal
  • Legislators from Albany, Buffalo and Long Island.
  • SUNY students from SUNY Fredonia and UAlbany
  • UUP members
  • Community members from SUNY campus host communities