Updated answers to Frequently Asked Questions and the latest information about the impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on the health of members of the Ithaca College community.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources
New target dates of Aug. 1-2 for Commencement Weekend
"As the public health crisis around the coronavirus continues to have an increasing impact on our college and all of our communities, we have made the decision to extend remote instruction for faculty and students and remote work for our employees through the end of this semester. This decision comes on the heels of important news from the state of New York disallowing gatherings of more than 50 people, as well as guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that these measures stay in place for at least the next eight weeks."
Public Health Response and Testing
Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students
Additional Updates & Resources
The college will continue to periodically communicate with our students and their families, faculty, and staff on this evolving issue.
Important Information About Travel and Health (Students, Faculty, Staff)
Ithaca College officials are actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are closely following the situation in each country where the virus has been widely reported and where there currently are IC students studying abroad. In addition to communicating directly with these students, the college is providing important information and updates here that are designed to be helpful in making informed decisions about travel and health.
Important Information for Returning Travelers (Self-Quarantine)
Students, faculty and staff who return to the United States from countries with a CDC Warning Level 3 Travel Health Notice (Avoid All Non-Essential Travel) will be required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days after last being in the CDC Warning Level 3 country before being allowed to return to the Ithaca campus.
Self-quarantine means remaining at home, not going to classes or work, limiting time outside of the home and monitoring your health for at least 14 days after you were last in any CDC Warning Level 3 country. Additional guidance for self-quarantine includes:
- Do not come onto the Ithaca campus.
- Work or study from home, as possible. The college is currently developing policies and protocols for any remote work and study that may be necessary.
- Avoid non-essential travel outside of the home.
- Do not share cups, utensils, etc.
- Avoid shaking hands, hugging, kissing, etc.
- Avoid close contact (keep more than 6 feet between you and other people).
- Take your temperature twice a day (in the morning and evening), not within an hour of eating a meal.
- Call for medical assistance if you have any symptoms, such as
- A temperature reading of 100.4 F or higher
- Difficulty breathing
- Any flu-like symptoms
Important Information for Prospective Travelers (Students, Faculty, Staff)
We want Ithaca College students, faculty and staff to make informed decisions about travel and health. Because the situation with respect to the coronavirus is so fluid, we encourage you to regularly review the latest information from:
Enhanced Hygiene Protocols (Students, Faculty, Staff)
The CDC recommends using enhanced hygiene protocols, which include:
- Avoid close contact (a minimum of 6 feet distance) with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.
Information About Coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the managing agency in the United States for information about the coronavirus. Please see links below for the most up to date information.