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The global pandemic will continue to reshape our daily lives and how we engage with the world around us, including each other. We are still here to support you as we adjust and take necessary precautions for safety and wellness.
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In early March 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued a letter to all colleges and universities across the nation regarding concerns of discrimination and bias related to the global pandemic of COVID-19, aka "coronavirus." The letter cites increased reports regarding stereotyping, harassment, and bullying directed towards students and faculty perceived to be of Chinese-American or, more generally, Asian descent.

In this time of global crisis, it is important that we lift up and model our commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social change within our campus community.


Stigma and discrimination may occur when people associate an infectious disease, such as the coronavirus, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is infected or at risk for the disease. Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is the root of this issue. Please refer to our college's website or the CDC website for additional guidance.

  • Viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds.
  • People—including Asian identifying folk—who have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of COVID-19 or been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 than other Americans. 
  • Share the need for social support for people who have returned from affected countries or are worried about friends or relatives in the affected region

(Language Adapted from the CDC and the University of Utah)

Hate Crimes

Article 485 of the New York State Penal Law highlights that the legislature finds and determines that “criminal acts involving violence, intimidation, and destruction of property based upon bias and prejudice have become more prevalent in New York State in recent years”.

Whether you have the potential of being the victim of a hate crime or of giving support to someone who has been a victim, the College is committed to educating all students about procedures for reporting offenses, the laws, and penalties related to them, available resources, and steps to prevent discriminatory behavior within the Ithaca College community.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Ithaca College's Hate Crimes Policy.

Resources for Students
Compiled by the East Coast Asian American Student Union
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COVID-19 Info | Multilingual
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LGBTQ+ People and COVID-19
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