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Testing

The use of safe, effective vaccines against COVID-19 disease is the next phase of our shared responsibility for curbing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Ithaca College students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and Ithaca College faculty and staff are very strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Vaccination minimizes the need for surveillance testing, but individuals symptomatic for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to seek advice from a medical professional to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed. 

Fall Testing for the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

Effective September 13, Ithaca College will be instituting a modified surveillance testing program:

  • Unvaccinated students and employees are required to test weeklyUnvaccinated employees (faculty and staff) can now complete this required testing on campus and do not need to utilize the Cayuga Health System site at The Shops at Ithaca Mall. 
  • Vaccinated students and employees accessing campus will be randomly selected throughout the semester for testing. Individuals who are randomly selected to participate in surveillance testing will receive a direct message to their IC email address on Monday morning of each week notifying them of their selection.

Blue collection bins will be available for test kit drop-off and additional test kits will also be available for pick-up at these locations:

  • Campus Center Lobby 
  • Peggy Ryan Williams Lobby 
  • A&E Center Lobby 
  • Farm Pond Road (Employees Only Location) 

Beginning September 13, test kits will be picked up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Selected individuals will only have to submit a test collection once during the week in which they are selected. 

If you are symptomatic for COVID-19, do not access campus to drop off a saliva sample (students should remain in their residence and contact Hammond Health Center at 607-274-3177). Instead, register for an appointment to visit one of Cayuga Health System's off campus sampling site collection locations. 

Faculty and staff should update your Daily Health Screening and Testing Registration Form in IC Workflow to accurately reflect your campus access. 

Student Saliva Self-Collection

How saliva self-collection works and where you can pick up and drop off your kit.

Cayuga Health System has prepared a sample video so that you can familiarize yourself with the saliva collection process.

Please collect your sample on the day you plan to drop it off in a collection bin. Do not eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke for 30 minutes before providing the sample. 

Follow the instructions provided on the collection kit. These are as follows:

Collection instructions:

  • No food or drink 30 minutes before saliva collection
  • Wash/sanitize hands before collection.
  • Spit 3 mL of saliva up to line in the tube with the QR code.
  • Label your name, date of birth, and collection date on the provided label and affix label to the tube.

Registration/Drop-Off instructions:

  • Open your smartphone Camera App (or download from the App or Play Store) and scan the QR code.
  • COMPLETE the REGISTRATION by clicking Register Sample.
  • Place Tube in bag.
  • Drop off your sample in Campus Center.

The saliva self-collection method does not require you to preregister for a testing appointment.

Effective September 13, blue collection bins will be available for test kit drop-off and additional test kits will also be available for pick-up at these locations:

  • Campus Center Lobby 
  • Peggy Ryan Williams Lobby 
  • A&E Center Lobby 
  • Farm Pond Road (Employees Only Location) 

Beginning September 13, test kits will be picked up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Vaccinated students selected for testing will only have to submit a test collection once during the week in which they are selected. 

Unvaccinated students must continue to submit a test weekly. 

Test results typically take approximately 24-48 hours to be shared after your sample is received by the laboratory. Cayuga Health System will notify Ithaca College when individuals are cleared to access campus, and employees and students will receive an email notification from Ithaca College once this occurs. 

If you would like to access your test results yourself, or need to print them out, you can do so through your patient portal with Cayuga Health System

A contact tracer from Ithaca College or the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) will notify any person who tests positive and will initiate contact tracing.

Testing Frequency for the SARS-COV-2 Virus

Read more about how often students and employees must be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

All unvaccinated students must provide a saliva sample one time per week

Effective September 13, vaccinated students will be randomly selected for testingIndividuals who are randomly selected to participate in surveillance testing will receive a direct message to their IC email address on Monday morning of each week notifying them of their selection.

Blue collection bins will be available for test kit drop-off and additional test kits will also be available for pick-up at these locations:

  • Campus Center Lobby 
  • Peggy Ryan Williams Lobby 
  • A&E Center Lobby 
  • Farm Pond Road (Employees Only Location) 

Beginning September 13, test kits will be picked up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Selected vaccinated individuals will only have to submit a test collection once during the week in which they are selected. 

This is asymptomatic surveillance testing, meaning that you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated do not access campus, and seek medical attention and testing from the Hammond Health Center by calling 607-274-3177.

Register for a testing and screening frequency

Please complete the Daily Health Screening & Registration form on IC Workflow.

Vaccinated Employee TESTING

Vaccinated employees should indicate on their Daily Health Screening & Registration form that they are vaccinated. Effective September 13, employees accessing campus will be randomly selected throughout the semester for testing. Individuals who are randomly selected to participate in surveillance testing will receive a direct message to their IC email address on Monday morning of each week notifying them of their selection.

You are required to continue completing the Daily Health Screening. Should you become symptomatic for COVID-19, you must not come to campus until you seek medical advice from the Cayuga Health System's telemedicine service or your own health care provider. 

UNVACCINATED EMPLOYEE TESTING

Population Description Testing Frequency
Unvaccinated Employees in High/Direct Contact Positions 
  • Administrators in high-contact positions
  • Admissions staff (with public contact)
  • Athletic Coaches
  • Dining staff 
  • Faculty - teaching face-to-face 
  • Faculty - conducting close contact research
  • Facilities staff 
  • Health Center staff
  • ID Office staff
  • Information Technology - Endpoint, AV, and Network Technicians; Service Desk Employees; TLT staff
  • Mail Center staff
  • Residential Life – all on-campus staff
  • Public Safety staff
  • Warehouse staff
Weekly.
Unvaccinated Employees in Low/No Direct Contact Positions 
  • Administrators in low-contact positions
  • Admissions staff (if no contact with public)
  • Campus Store staff
  • Faculty - approved to access offices/classrooms only 
  • Faculty – conducting solo research
  • Network Engineers
  • Residential Life – live-in partners
  • Print Shop staff
Weekly.

 

If you need to temporarily halt (e.g., for paid time off or a leave of absence) or change your testing frequency, you can do so by visiting apps.ithaca.edu and using IC Workflow to access the Daily Health Screening and Testing Registration Form.

In addition to the being tested when you have no symptoms (asymptomatic surveillance testing), anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms during the semester, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, should not access campus and is expected to seek medical advice and testing. 

Employees

Employees should register for an appointment to access one of Cayuga Health System's off-campus sampling centers and contact their primary care provider. You should not access campus to drop off a saliva sample if symptomatic.

Students

Students should remain in their residence hall room, apartment, or off campus living arrangement and contact Hammond Health Center by calling 607-274-3177 for medical attention and symptomatic testing. Should a student need testing or medical attention when the Health Center is closed, the normal process of seeking care at one of the urgent care centers in Ithaca or at the Cayuga Medical Center should be used.

Testing Positive for the Sars-CoV-2 Virus

Information about students and employees testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the spring semester.

Individuals who are not cleared to access campus due to a positive test result must isolate until cleared by the local health department. If you test outside of the Ithaca College testing system, you are required to notify Human Resources of a positive test if you are an employee and Hammond Health Center if you are a student.

Employees 

Employees must follow the Human Resources protocol for notifying the college when testing positive. Employees will isolate in their own residence and will receive guidance from the Tompkins County Health Department or the local health department of their permanent residence.

Residential Students

Residential students, whether in a residential hall or apartment, who are not cleared to return to campus must temporarily relocate to Emerson Hall or a local hotel arranged by the college. When in isolation in Emerson Hall or other location designated by the college, you may not:

  • Leave your room, unless directed to by college personnel
  • Access campus
  • Access the broader Ithaca community
  • Have visitors or guests

Students must remain in isolation until release is approved by the Tompkins County Health Department. Ithaca College will provide support to ensure that daily needs (e.g., food, medication, sanitation, laundry, medical, and mental health services) are met.

Off-Campus Students

Off-campus students must isolate in their own independent living arrangement or other arrangements that they make individually in consultation with the health department. Please refer to our Off-Campus Living Quarantine and Isolation webpage for information on how to prepare your household to manage isolation should it need to occur. These preparations should occur in advance. When in isolation, you may not:

  • Leave your residence (and should remain confined to a separate room and bathroom whenever possible if you have roommates)
  • Access campus
  • Access the broader Ithaca community
  • Have visitors or guests

You must remain in isolation until the Tompkins County Health Department notifies the college that you are cleared.

Enforcement of Testing Requirements

Non-compliance with testing requirements is a violation of the community agreement and can be reported here. Violations by faculty or staff 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. Violations by students, both residential and off-campus, will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Conduct Code. 

Questions?

If you are a student with questions about testing, vaccination, or your badge, please email healthcenter@ithaca.edu or call 607-274-3177.

If you are an employee with questions about testing or vaccination, please email humanresources@ithaca.edu.