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 SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras Visits SUNY New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian (far right) November 20, 2020
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SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras was at SUNY New Paltz Friday as mandatory COVID-19 testing for students continued. The so-called exit testing is required of all SUNY students before they leave for Thanksgiving and complete the rest of the semester remotely. Malatras spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the testing and what to expect for the spring semester.

SUNY Chancellor Jim SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras Visits SUNY New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian (far right) November 20, 2020Maltras Visits SUNY New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian (far right) November 20, 2020
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SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras was at SUNY New Paltz Friday to review mandatory COVID-19 testing for students. The so-called exit testing is required of students before they leave for Thanksgiving and complete the rest of the semester remotely.

After a fall semester marked by some campus shutdowns and other localized COVID-19 problems, the State University of New York system is establishing a system-wide return plan for the Spring 2021 semester. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras says every student returning to campus will be tested, quarantined for a week, and required to wear masks at all times.

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SUNY says it will test about 140,000 students for COVID-19 before they're allowed to go home for Thanksgiving. The 64-campus system announced the policy Tuesday, saying it's a vital public health step before students travel across the country for the extended intersession period. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras spoke with WAMC's Ian Pickus about the project.

RCC President Michael Baston and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras on the Rockland campus, October 23, 2
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On Friday, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras traveled to Suffern to meet with Rockland Community College President Michael Baston. It’s one of the SUNY colleges that recently expanded its weekly COVID-19 pooled surveillance testing program as the 64-campus system proceeds through a fall semester marked by local coronavirus spikes and shutdowns. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s color-coded COVID zones have raised new questions about transmission for college towns and commuting students.

Just before arriving on campus, Malatras spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about pooled testing, the abrupt leadership change at SUNY Oneonta, and plans for the Spring 2021 semester.

SUNY Taps New Acting President At SUNY Oneonta

Oct 15, 2020
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The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed a new acting president for SUNY Oneonta, whose campus has been largely shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak.