University of Rochester

The state education department has approved a continued relationship between the University of Rochester and the Rochester City School District. 

The university has run East High School in partnership with the district for the last five years. The Rochester Board of Education, in a split vote, approved an extension a few months ago. 


The University of Rochester is looking at some more cost-cutting moves, driven by the impact of the recent economic downturn.

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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. 


Add the University of Rochester’s annual Meliora Weekend that will not be held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That event includes reunion and homecoming activities and usually features nationally known speakers in politics, arts and entertainment.


Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) is a new illness associated with COVID-19 that doctors in Rochester are trying to understand.

There have been more than 100 cases of PMIS in New York state, mainly pre-teens and younger children.

“We’re working with multiple federal and state agencies to document and try to identify all the symptoms and signs that bring kids to us with PMIS,” said Dr. Patrick Brophy from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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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.


The University of Rochester, like a number of colleges and universities, had to put its in-person commencement activities on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Several local researchers and public policy experts got together in a televised virtual forum seen and heard on WXXI TV, radio and online on Thursday night to talk about COVID-19.  They had some answers but also a lot of questions.

WXXI News hosted a COVID-19 forum with researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health to discuss COVID-19 vaccine development, treatment, and research.


Rochester’s largest employer is announcing steps that it will take to deal with financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Rochester officials posted a note to the campus community on Wednesday talking about things like short-term furloughs, and a hiring freeze.