Twenty five State University of New York campuses have canceled some classes Monday as the state prepares for approaching Hurricane Sandy.
SUNY Purchase in Westchester County has canceled classes Monday and Tuesday, and SUNY New Paltz in Poughkeepsie has canceled classes Monday. Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess and Ulster counties’ community colleges have canceled Monday classes, as well.
“To ensure the safety and well being of SUNY’s more than half a million students, faculty, staff and the communities they serve, campuses are canceling classes as necessary and offering shelter and services in communities where possible,” Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said in a statement. “SUNY leadership continues to be in constant contact with state emergency management officials as well as their counterparts on every campus.”
Senior SUNY officials have been staffing the state emergency management operations center since Saturday and will continue to do so for the duration of the storm and in its aftermath, according to SUNY.
Campuses in New York City and Long Island are taking more extreme measures.
Students at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx have been asked to leave campus, and officials are working to secure the institution’s ships.
Stony Brook University in Suffolk County and Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn canceled classes Monday, but the hospitals remained open and preparing to accept patients evacuated from other facilities. Residents of Stony Brook’s Southampton campus have been relocated to the main campus.
Suffolk Community College has canceled classes Monday and Tuesday and is serving as a staging area for out-of-state ambulances.
SUNY Old Westbury in Nassau County has suffered tree damage due to high winds. Classes there have been canceled Monday.