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The president of a New York college resigns after more than 700 students test positive for Covid-19

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, the president of State University of New York Oneonta, has resigned as the school grapples with hundreds of reported Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the semester.

(CNN)The president of the State University of New York at Oneonta has resigned, as the school grapples with hundreds of reported Covid-19 cases within the university since the beginning of the semester.

In a statement announcing the new interim president on Thursday, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras said that Dr. Barbara Jean Morris had "transitioned from her position as president" and that she wanted to "pursue other opportunities. "

A spokesperson for the university told CNN that Morris resigned.

SUNY Oneonta has reported 712 student cases of Covid-19 since residence halls opened on August 17.

That's more than half the total number of reported cases from campus testing across the entire SUNY system.

It's not like she resigned in the middle of the night while students were testing positive by the dozens. "

University didn't test students on arrival

The resignation of the sitting president of SUNY Oneonta comes after the university decided not to test students or quarantine them on arrival.

Dennis Craig, the former interim president of SUNY Purchase, which only reported three infections since the start of the semester, will serve as acting president of the university.

Eryn Kenney, a junior with a dual major in Adolescent Education and French at SUNY Oneonta who lives off campus, wishes the university had done more to curtail the spread of Covid-19 on campus.

Kenney also said that "there could have also been more restrictions on social distancing," adding that she wished the administration had forced students living on campus to quarantine when they arrived like some other universities did.

SUNY Oneonta has about 6,700 students enrolled, according to its website.

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