CANCEL CLASSES UNTIL MARCH 19th

CANCEL CLASSES UNTIL MARCH 19th

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Thomas Narley started this petition to Harvey Stenger

While President Stenger has expressed concern over the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus, the current state of affairs calls for further precautionary measures to be taken here at Binghamton University.  Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency, mandated that SUNY and CUNY classes go online starting March 19, and urged the public to "reduce large gatherings." Moreover, with 216 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in New York—second only to Washington State—the spread of the virus shows no signs of slowing down.  As expected, many universities have opted to err on the side of caution and cancel classes until online instruction can be efficiently implemented.  However, rather than taking a proactive approach and cancelling classes, the administration has decided to take its chances with the looming health crisis.  

Despite the urgency of this request, it is, of course, imperative to remain calm and composed in such troubling times.  As such, this petition is not meant to incite hysteria in the student body.  However, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff should be of the utmost importance.  In the midst of a global pandemic, having upwards of 16,000 students congregating for classes poses a serious health risk for all those involved.  Why then, as Governor Cuomo asks, "would you risk bringing thousands of people together knowing this is a virus that is easily communicable?”

Sacrificing a week of classes in exchange for the safeguarding our community's well-being is a small price to pay.  Sign this petition if you feel that the administration is not taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.  Moreover, if you feel that the wisest course of action is to cancel classes until a smooth transition into online instruction can be made.  

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