Cleaning and Disinfecting

Ithaca College will be following cleaning and disinfecting best practices as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants. 

In Classrooms

There are no longer wipes or disinfectant spray in all classrooms. Individuals may bring personal wipes with them to wipe down surfaces if they prefer. We continue to discourage sharing objects whenever possible. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their own dry erase markers and other needed materials to the classroom with them.

In Buildings

High “touch points” in all buildings are one of the highest priorities to be disinfected throughout the day and include the following:

  • Entranceways
  • Light switches
  • Door handles
  • Sinks
  • Drinking fountains
  • Handrails
  • Desks
  • Counters
  • Chairs
  • Elevator buttons

Public spaces and gathering spaces will be cleaned daily across campus. 

In Restrooms

Residence hall restrooms and public restrooms are cleaned daily. 

In Dining Areas

Any seating area indicated as reserved for campus dining will be cleaned and disinfected after every use. Seating in the dining areas will have signs to indicate when the table and chair have been cleaned and disinfected (and are thus available for use). 

In Offices

Offices may provide wipes or an alternative EPA-approved disinfectant spray for cleaning, although it is not required.  

Offices with shared workspaces may want to continue to use sanitary wipes and disinfectant to thoroughly wipe down instruments, keyboards, or any other surfaces that were touched. Office cleaning will occur monthly during pandemic periods so that custodial efforts can be applied to residence halls, common areas, and restrooms. Employees will be asked to place their trash and recyclables in public receptacles or outside their office door for pickup. 

Students and employees should provide their own supplies for cleaning their personal spaces, and are encouraged to regularly disinfect their personal spaces.