SUNY Canton Announces Timeline to Re-open Buildings to Students and Faculty

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced today the re-opening timeline for nearly all campus buildings that were closed as a precaution following last Friday’s fire in Cook Hall.

The New York State Department of Health has released air, swipe and field test results on the buildings that confirm they are safe to re-occupy. Cook Hall is the only building that will not re-open next week.

“Throughout this process, we have been exceedingly cautious in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said President Kennedy. “Although there was only one building that actually sustained fire damage, we wanted to make sure the others did not sustain any smoke damage or have any air quality concerns. There has been a barrage of tests to confirm that there are no health concerns, problems or safety concerns in any of those buildings.”

Students will be allowed to return to campus on Sunday (Feb. 19) and all classes will resume Monday (Feb. 20). Individual courses may be subject to time and location changes, particularly the science labs normally conducted in Cook Hall that have been relocated to St. Lawrence University.

The following buildings will re-open at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19:

  • Heritage Residence Hall
  • Rushton Residence Hall

The following buildings will re-open at 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20:

  • Payson Hall
  • Wicks Hall
  • Faculty Office Building (FOB)
  • Richard W. Miller Campus Center

“Each of these buildings is safe and secure,” confirmed Kennedy. “Students will be allowed access to their rooms and belongings when the return on Sunday. With the exception of the Cook Hall offices, faculty and staff will be allowed access to their offices as well.”

Cook Hall will remain unavailable. A time for allowing access to the building has not yet been determined. Faculty members with offices in Cook Hall have been relocated. Classes scheduled in Cook Hall have also been relocated.

“There are an incredible number of people we would like to thank for assisting us in getting back on our feet so quickly,” said Kennedy. “Without their outstanding efforts and dedication, we would not be announcing the re-opening of our campus today. There are many individuals who have not seen their families for a week, and we can’t thank them enough.”

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