COVID-19 Employee Resources

Important information and resources for Ithaca College staff and student employees during the coronavirus health crisis.

A Message from Hayley Harris

Thank you in advance for your patience as we continue to work through the myriad questions and issues arising from this situation. If there is something we are missing, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can address it. Above all, please take the necessary measures to keep you, your families and our community safe and healthy and let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Read the March 16 Message from VP Hayley Harris

Personal Preparedness

All employees are urged to take basic preventive measures to prepare themselves and their families to avoid exposure to or infection by the virus causing COVID-19. 

Non-essential employees should give thought now to how they can most effectively work remotely, potentially for an extended period of time, and discuss with their supervisor. 

Employees are encouraged to contact the college's Employee Assistance Program at 800-327-2255 for help with feelings of stress or anxiety about these events. 

Well Employees

Well employees are those who are considered able to work, even if they have been in contact with or are caring for someone who is ill with an ordinary respiratory illness — in which case, typical preventive measures are recommended for them as caregivers. 

While affording for maximum flexibility, well employees are expected to continue working remotely, and well employees who are essential personnel and have supervisory and VP approval to continue to work on campus may be asked to come to work unless they have been: 

  • Caring for someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, in which case their local health department will require that they self-quarantine. 
  • In a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice or Japan in the last 14 days. 
  • In the same household as someone who is quarantined. 

Workers at Higher Risk 

Employees who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health. These may include requesting a temporary change in job location, hours, assignment or duties, or implementation of additional protective measures to reduce their risk of infection. 

As stated above, we will be completing an assessment over the next few days to determine options for remote work. All employees not designated essential personnel are expected to continue working remotely. As specified in our email from March 13, non-essential employees who found themselves unable to work from home on March 16 will not be required to use paid time away for that day, but are expected to work with their supervisors to determine ways to begin remote work promptly. If the employee’s work may not be accomplished remotely, they may use medical time, personal leave, or vacation accruals if they wish to stay out of the workplace entirely. 

If an essential employee is at risk for complications from COVID-19 and their physician agrees that increased social distancing in the workplace is prudent but does not feel that full removal from the workplace is needed, the employee should contact the Office of Human Resources to formally request a temporary change. Human Resources will confidentially evaluate the request, explore alternatives, and attempt to appropriately address the employee’s health concerns while maintaining appropriate operations. A doctor’s note may be required. 

More information regarding expectations of essential employees can be found in Pay Policies and Work Practices.  

The Office of Human Resources

Please email the Office of Human Resources with any questions regarding the above information.