Students who reside at CUNY and SUNY schools have been kicked out of their dorms as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and health authorities eye the campuses as websites for make-shift emergency medical facilities to assist deal with a wave of coronavirus sufferers, officers mentioned.
“New York State is sending its CUNY and SUNY students out into pandemic through dorm closures,” fumed Petra Gregory, a pupil authorities consultant on the College of Staten Island.
Dorm students at CUNY’s Hunter and City College campuses had been additionally ordered to vacate as had been resident-students at a number of SUNY campuses — together with Stony Brook, which the Army Corps. of Engineers has chosen as one in all Long Island’s emergency medical websites.
Stony Brook already has a hospital on campus and already serves as a Suffolk County COVID-19 drive-thru testing middle.
Gregory mentioned dorms residents at CUNY’s Staten Island campus had been abruptly informed that they had been getting the boot Monday night time when a resident assistant knocked on their doorways.
“I am currently being unfairly evicted out of my dorms, and I have a mother who is immunocompromised and a 6-month-old baby sister. My family is unable to pick me up, and I have to travel with my support animal and pack for him on this short notice as well,” one of many school’s resident-students, Jasmine Shaikh, mentioned.
The sixth flooring hallway at Hunter College’s Brookdale dormitories.David McGlynn
A CSI official despatched an e-mail to students on Tuesday confirming the state ordered the students booted to make room.
“Governor Cuomo has asked private and public universities across New York State to be ready for the possibility that dormitories might need to be converted into temporary emergency medical centers,” mentioned Jennifer Borrero, CSI’s vp of pupil affairs.
Borrero mentioned she was “sorry” that students’ lives had been being upended, however that the universities had to do their half in serving to stem the unfold of the “global pandemic.”
“It was only after careful consideration and consultation with public health experts that we determined these measures to be the best and safest option for our students,” she mentioned.
Cuomo had already issued an edict requiring schools to cancel courses and transfer to distance studying/on-line programs to fight the coronavirus.
But dorm students got the choice to proceed dwelling on campus — till now.
CUNY spokesman Frank Sobrino mentioned CUNY students who want housing shall be allowed to transfer to a dorm at Queens College, and the college on Thursday will assist transport them and their belongings.
“CUNY is doing all it can in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, including making dormitories available for use as medical facilities, as requested by the state. Students residing in these facilities who are unable to go home are being offered placement in a dormitory at Queens College, where they will continue receiving full services,” Sobrino mentioned.
More than 30,000 New Yorkers statewide have examined optimistic for the coronavirus and 285 have died, Cuomo mentioned earlier Wednesday. Cuomo mentioned the state is all doing all it will probably to enhance mattress capability to deal with a wave of COVID-19 sufferers.