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CICU Cites Private Colleges' Strong COVID-19 Response

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), last week released testing data for its members, 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities across New York State. According to the CICU report, more than 854,000 tests were conducted from August 1 through October 27, with just 1,354 positive results, a positivity rate of 0.16%. 

“The meticulous planning and diligent protocols that New York’s Independent colleges and universities put in place at the beginning of this fall semester – a time when many questioned whether colleges could reopen at all – continues to pay off, as is evidenced by this data,” said Mary Beth Labate, President of CICU. “As other colleges across the country have struggled to safely maintain in-person learning models, CICU institutions continue to be driven by data and science and focused on putting the health and safety of their students, faculty, staff, and local communities first.”

CICU has been an important partner to its members in preparing for and maintaining robust responses to the pandemic. All of the New York Six institutions are active members of CICU.