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Did Cazenovia College ask for state or federal help before announcing closure? Answer isn’t clear at this point

Cazenovia College is responding to concerns from the community and student body that they didn’t do enough to warn them about closure.

Last week, the College announced that they would be shutting down for good after the 2022-23 academic year.

That meant those who weren’t scheduled to graduate this year were left scrambling. Even some who were slated to graduated felt blindsided by the decision to close, as the College continued recruitment and other admissions efforts through the fall.


“The college was reaching out to everybody including political figures at the state level to try to get some help, and, it just didn’t work,” Cazenovia Town Supervisor Bill Zupan told CNYCentral.

Cazenovia Village Mayor added that he felt confident the college left no stone unturned.

The tipping point was Cazenovia College defaulting on a $25 million bond.

However, despite some elected officials at the state and federal level saying they had spoke with leaders at Cazenovia about their financial situation – closure never came up.

A spokeperson for Senator Rachel May and Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay both indicated that closure wasn’t discussed, and that the College simply never reached out.



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