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Monroe Community College Interim President Kate Douglas said she doesn’t like the term “reopening,” because she said the college never really closed. Classes moved online in mid-March due to the pandemic. 

Douglas said different work groups filled with more than 70 staffers are discussing how to safely bring students back in person this fall.

“One of them is called the facilities and operations work group and they have been going through every room on campus and revising what the room capacity would be,” Douglas said. 

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Local colleges and universities are cautiously optimistic about a fall campus reopening, although what that may look like is still up in the air.

Campuses emptied in March as the pandemic went into full swing, with schools switching to online learning and directing most students to go home. But as the state moves to slowly reopen portions of the economy this month, schools are looking ahead to the next academic year and most are preparing to reopen their campuses.

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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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Another 13 State University of New York students who were studying abroad are now waiting out a two-week voluntary quarantine period at a dorm on the campus of The College at Brockport. 

That brings the total number of quarantined students in at Gordon Hall to 31. The latest group included students who were studying in Italy, South Korea, and Japan -- countries that are considered coronavirus hot spots. 

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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.

Cephas Archie was fired from his position as the chief diversity officer for the SUNY Brockport last month. The college has not disclosed why, despite outcry from the public, including Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

For the first time, Archie sits down at length to discuss his work and what he understands about his dismissal. We're also joined by Shaun Nelms, superintendent of East High School, who addresses the value of diversity work. In studio:

  • Cephas Archie, former chief diversity officer at SUNY Brockport
  • Shaun Nelms, superintendent of the East EPO, and associate professor and William & Sheila Konar Director of the Center for Urban Education Success at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education

SUNY Brockport declined an invitation to join this discusson.

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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.

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