Decisions and steps to implement each component of the Ithaca College Pandemic Plan will be guided by pandemic stage and disease severity as measured by US governmental and WHO criteria, but can only be linked to those measures as triggers within the specific context of a disease outbreak.
Closing and Evacuation
In recognition of its primary responsibility for the safety and well-being of its students, and recognition that its healthcare resources will be inadequate to care for a large number of individuals during a severe pandemic (that is, a pandemic of severity sufficient to warrant suspension of classes), Ithaca College will make every effort to suspend operations and enable students to return home before widespread illness occurs.
- The President will make the decision to suspend college activities, with advice from the CERT, the Director of Health Services, and local, state and national health authorities. An effort will be made to time the suspension of operations so as to maximize the success of student evacuation.
- The College’s decision to suspend operations will be communicated to other area educational institutions, (Cornell University and Tompkins Cortland Community College, e.g.) the Tompkins County Department of Health, Cayuga Medical Center, and other area organizations as required, but will be made independently of any decisions made by those organizations.
- Students will be required to vacate residence halls and campus apartments, and will be asked to take only necessary belongings with them initially in order to maximize opportunities for students to share transportation. Arrangements for students to retrieve the remainder of their belongings will be made later.
- Students whose departures are delayed for reasons beyond their control, such as health-related travel restrictions or actual illness, may be temporarily housed on campus at the College’s discretion, in locations and under circumstances to be determined by the College according to the circumstances of the prevailing public health emergency.
The College will encourage dialogue amongst students and their families to identify ride-sharing and other options for emergency transportation before the need arises, and may investigate and support various approaches to voluntary temporary housing within the IC community.