Union representing faculty at SUNY schools calls for widespread testing of staff, students before fall semester begins

The union that represents public college and university faculty across New York is calling for widespread testing of campus staff before the fall semester begins.

They want widespread testing of students, too.

United University Professions President Fred Kowal says this massive testing capacity needs to be expanded now to safely start the school year, according to Spectrum News.

“There must be testing, it must be mandatory, in order to get the semester off to as healthy and productive a semester as possible,” Kowal said.

“The campus becomes more of a regular community, almost like a city. When there are an outbreak, those individuals get contacted and tested.”

SUNY campuses were among the first to close in mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic began.