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New Employee Health & Safety Protocols

Vaccination

We are strongly encouraging that faculty and staff choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19 disease. There are many opportunities for vaccine appointments. If you have not already done so, please place your name on the Tompkins County Vaccine Registry to be notified regarding appointments or visit the “NYS Am I Eligible” tool for information on appointments at state vaccination clinics. Once fully immunized, upload a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card here

Some of the benefits of receiving COVID-19 vaccination include:

  • You will no longer need to complete regular surveillance testing once fully immunized. However, should you become symptomatic please seek medical attention and testing.
  • You will no longer need to enter quarantine if named a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case.
  • We will have expanded opportunities as a campus community to offer and attend athletic events, academics, meetings, and social activities.

Testing

Surveillance testing is restricted to only those faculty or staff approved to access campus who remain unvaccinated. Faculty and staff approved to access campus must provide saliva samples on Tuesday or Thursday only.  Saliva sample collection bins are available in the Campus Center, Athletics & Events Center, and the Farm Pond Road location (for employees in that area). Please ask your supervisor which location is most suitable for you.

Daily Health Screening

Fully vaccinated employees do not need to complete the daily health screening.  Faculty and staff approved to access campus that are not fully vaccinated, must complete the Daily Health Screening every day they access campus. Please make sure that your Daily Health Screening and Testing Registration Form is updated to accurately reflect your access to campus.  Once registered, you will receive an email daily to complete the daily health screen.  If you do not receive the email, you may access the Daily Health Screening through IC Workflow.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required when indoors or outdoors for fully vaccinated individuals who have submitted their COVID-19 vaccination card to Human Resources. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear face coverings indoors at all times and outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.

All faculty and staff who are fully immunized against COVID-19, whether remote or approved to access campus, are permitted to access the Fitness Center, Natatorium, and Wellness Clinic. The Ithaca College Outdoor Pool will remain closed for the summer season of 2021, given the need to keep campus de-densified and reduce costs of operation.  All individuals will be required to follow guidelines for use including the reservation system for each facility. Please check the Fitness CenterNatatorium, and Wellness Clinic websites for hours of operations and policies. 

Your vaccination card must be on file with Human Resources (submit at this link) and you must be in receipt of a confirmatory email from that office. Individuals choosing to use these fitness facilities and areas who are not already approved to be on campus for the summer, must limit their on-campus presence to these facilities only.
 

Travel

Ithaca College's travel policy is as follows:

  • There will be no restrictions on travel for fully vaccinated employees, although College-related travel still requires approval of the appropriate Vice President or the Provost.
  • Travel remains strongly discouraged for unvaccinated faculty and staff. Please comply with the New York State Travel Advisory if you must travel. 

Disinfection

Ithaca College's disinfection practices and policies:

We will no longer be providing disinfecting wipes in all academic classrooms as CDC guidance finds limited concern for surface transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, the use of disinfecting wipes may still be required in certain clinic, practice rooms, or lab spaces. 

  • Hand sanitizer in our wall mount units will continue to be available across campus. Faculty and staff may also carry personal hand sanitizer or use bathrooms to access soap and water for hand hygiene.
  • Facilities will continue to disinfect high touch, public use areas on a regular basis.
  • Residential restroom cleaning will be reduced to one time per day.