Interim President Michael Bernstein has released a new message to the university community regarding meeting the challenge of coronavirus. The message reads as follows:
In the midst of a very challenging situation due to the spread of COVID-19, I recognize that there is enormous anxiety, concern, and confusion about the weeks and months ahead here at Stony Brook. The choices before us, regarding the remaining weeks of our Spring Semester and beyond, are complex. Precisely because whatever decisions we make affect so many people and so many activities, my colleagues and I in the University administration have been determined to make careful, prudent, and thoughtful choices.
This has taken us time — and it will take us a little longer still while following SUNY guidance and required timetables. Your patience, dedication, and hard work have made — and they make — all the difference.
I am convinced that the ultimate decisions we frame for this semester and beyond, in response to COVID-19, will be for the best. They will be focused first and foremost on the health and welfare of our students, staff, faculty, and community partners — and they will insure the on-going integrity and excellence of our University missions in education, research, scholarship, art-making, and professional service.
Please continue to monitor our website and your email for updated information and announcements regarding our responses to COVID-19.
With my sincere gratitude for your hard work and devotion to Stony Brook, and with warm regards, Michael.