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Message from the President


Michael Alan Bernstein

To Stony Brook Community,

As China and many nations around the globe take measures to address the Coronavirus, I send my best wishes to the students and families who have been impacted by the illness. I recognize that this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones, and want to reaffirm Stony Brook’s commitment to you and your wellbeing. Stony Brook University is closely monitoring new developments and adhering to guidance from SUNY, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. At present, there are no known cases of the Coronavirus in New York State, and the risk to the campus and community is extremely low.

Stony Brook University takes pride in its diversity and welcomes all international students from around the world. We are the home away from home for many Chinese students. As one of the first universities in the United States to warmly welcome students and scholars from mainland China through efforts by professor emeritus C.N. Yang, our connections to China run deep. Many eminent scholars and leaders in China studied or graduated from our university.

The global scale and uncertainty surrounding this new virus have caused concern on the Stony Brook campus and throughout the local community. We understand the value of the diversity and new ideas our international students bring to campus, and are actively working to promote an environment where all students feel safe and supported, and are treated with respect.

Stony Brook has developed a website for students, faculty, and staff to answer frequently asked questions and provide tips to avoid the spread of any virus, including the flu and Coronavirus. For students affected by travel restrictions, we are developing alternatives for the Spring semester. I encourage anyone with questions or needing assistance to reach out to the Office of Global Affairs at

On behalf of Stony Brook University, I extend support and encouragement to all those affected by the Coronvirus. The Stony Brook community stands with you. We look forward to welcoming all students back soon.

Michael A. Bernstein, PhD

Interim President

Feb 18, 2020