Following investigation into reports of large student gatherings in the City of Oneonta, the college has suspended five students alleged to have served as hosts. We have also suspended one organization and anticipate interim suspending two others later today. More suspensions are likely as investigation into off-campus parties continues.
Despite these actions, I must underscore that I know most members of our campus community are doing their part to contain COVID-19 by wearing masks, maintaining social distance and avoiding situations that increase the risk of transmission. Thank you for being vigilant and keep it up.
Thanks also to the Oneonta Police Department for sharing information with the college and helping identify those whose behavior is not acceptable. Law enforcement officials here on campus and in the City of Oneonta will continue working together to put an end to situations that compromise students’ and residents’ safety. As part of that ongoing effort, University Police Chief Jennifer Fila will ride along with an Oneonta Police Department patrol this evening.
City of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig and I are striving to ensure your well-being. Now, more than ever, we all must take seriously our collective responsibility to contain the pandemic. Again, I recognize that the majority of us are doing just that. However, the city and the college will take action against those who do not appear to share this commitment.