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Ithaca College Community Agreement

As the higher education environment continues to respond to and evolve with the COVID-19 pandemic, Ithaca College will continue to take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and members and the broader Ithaca community.

By becoming or continuing as a member of the Ithaca College community – whether a residential student, off-campus student, employee, visitor, or other participating community member – you are agreeing to abide by the College’s policies, guidelines, and expectations related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The policies and guidelines referenced herein and provided on the Health, Safety, and Prevention website, are fully incorporated into the Student Conduct Code, employment obligations, and other applicable rules maintained by the College. We will take reasonable steps to update you with timely information about specific health and safety guidance important for all our community members as such guidance is available.

1. COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAW

Whether on or off campus, all members of the College Community are required to comply with applicable public health law requirements, including New York State and Tompkins County guidelines. Mandatory health and safety guidance from government authorities will be incorporated into College policies as appropriate and will continue to evolve throughout the public health crisis.

2. COMPLIANCE WITH COLLEGE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND PREVENTION PROTOCOLS

We expect all members of the College Community to act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members throughout the public health crisis. All Community Members are REQUIRED to read and comply with the applicable COVID-19 public health instructions and guidelines from the College, including those published on the College’s Health, Safety, and Prevention website as updated. Note that additional requirements may apply to you based on your role, interactions, or responsibilities within the College as conveyed to you by appropriate College officials or official communications. Requirements and protocols related to the COVID-19 vaccine are available on the College’s Vaccine information page.

3. COMMUNICATION

Those who are unable to, or uncertain as to how they will, comply with any health and safety requirements are expected to provide early, clear and regular communications with appropriate personnel. Appropriate personnel may include a supervisor, Dean of Students, instructor, or office. Additionally:

  • The Health, Safety, and Prevention website may include requirements for Daily Health Screenings, or other measures, to ascertain whether an individual may safely proceed to enter or remain upon campus. Employees and students who do not live on campus must keep the College informed of their updated local address and contact information.
  • Information required from the College may include medical information related to COVID-19, only to the extent necessary to maintain campus safety.  Any information will be requested exclusively in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law.

4. ACADEMIC PROGRAM DELIVERY

Ithaca College will adhere to its regular tuition refund policies as long as academic courses continue to be delivered.

5. ACCOMMODATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

The College is committed to facilitating the full participation of people with disabilities in all campus programs, activities, and events. For this reason, individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the appropriate office or event organizer to request modifications to existing safety protocols.  Appropriate offices include:

  1. For Students: Students who have an underlying health condition which precludes them from following health and safety requirements and expectations may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Student Accessibility Services.
  2. For Employees: Employees who have an underlying health condition which precludes them from following health and safety requirements and expectations may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Office of Human Resources.

6. VIOLATIONS

COVID-19 safety-related requirements and guidelines set forth by the College, including those referenced herein, are fully incorporated into the rules and policies applicable to each and every community member.

  1. Residential and Off-Campus Students: Violations of the guidelines, including off-campus conduct that is detrimental to health and safety, will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Conduct Code.
  2. Employees: Violations by Faculty, Staff, or Administration will be subject to disciplinary processes in accordance with the respective policies in the Ithaca College Policy Manual or collective bargaining agreement covering the individual.
  3. Organizations: If a recognized or unrecognized club or organization authorizes violation of these guidelines, it may be subject to penalties including rescissions of permission for that organization to operate at Ithaca College.
  4. Visitors: Violations by non-community members may result in the offender’s immediate removal from College property and possible barring from the premises.

*Please Note: The 2020-2021 Community Agreement remains effective for the 2021-2022 academic year.