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Cephas Archie, the former Chief Diversity Officer at the College at Brockport has been hired by the City of Rochester to be its Chief Equity Officer.

Archie’s firing in January from the Brockport position created an uproar on campus, including criticism from Mayor Lovely Warren who had said at the time that it was “unfortunate when the people that work toward diversity and inclusion across the collegiate spectrum also face it themselves.”

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Students from the first group of study-abroad SUNY and CUNY students under voluntary quarantine at the College at Brockport went home on Saturday.

Officials say 14 of the students were released. They were part of a group of more than 30 SUNY and CUNY students from various campuses choosing to quarantine at Gordon Hall, which had been a vacant dorm, on the Brockport campus.

The students had been returning from various study-abroad programs, and were quarantined for 14 days. They had all tested negative for the virus, but agreed to remain in isolation for the two weeks.

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UPDATE: As of Monday afternoon, Town of Sweden Supervisor Kevin Johnson says he has learned from state officials that another 14 students from study abroad programs in South Korea and Japan will also be quarantined at Brockport. Four others will go to Stonybrook.

The addiitional students will arrive either Monday night or Tuesday. The students have been screened, and are not believed to be infected.--------------------earlier story: 

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The State University of New York is working on a plan to quarantine hundreds of returning study-abroad students on several campuses, and it might include the College at Brockport. 

The two-week quarantines would affect people returning from certain countries that were hit hard by novel coronavirus outbreaks. 

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There are some new questions being raised about how the firing of a diversity official at the College at Brockport has been handled.

The law firm representing Cephas Archie, the college’s former chief diversity officer who was fired from his job three weeks ago, says that last Friday the Chief of Police at the college had contacted Sabrina Lewis, who had previously worked with Archie at a community college in Houston.

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The head of the SUNY system has written to Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, responding to concerns she has raised about diversity issues at the College at Brockport.

Warren wrote to SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson late last month, expressing what she called her “grave concern and frustration” about the situation involving former Chief Diversity Officer Cephas Archie.

Archie was fired last month, although Brockport officials say they were not able to provide detail over why he was let go, because it was a personnel matter.

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The College at Brockport won’t be called that, at least not officially beginning in July.

Brockport is part of the State University of New York, and it was called that for years until 2007 when it was renamed The College at Brockport.

But apparently that name didn’t resonate with students and prospective students.

A statement released by Vice president for University Relations Dave Mihalyov said that while it made sense to change the name from SUNY Brockport to The College at Brockport more than a decade ago, it now makes sense to change it again.

College at Brockport

The chief diversity officer at The College at Brockport has apparently been fired, and it’s resulted in a barrage of criticism of that move on social media.

The Democrat and Chronicle says that Cephas Archie confirmed that he was fired on Friday.

A spokesman for the college, John Follaco issued a statement saying that: