Back to Campus From the Student Perspective

By Deontae Guy, Carlos Abreu and Katie Krom, January 29, 2021
A message from Déontae Guy '23, Carlos Abreu '22 and Katie Krom '23, Student Governance Council

IC Public Health Column video. 

As students, we acknowledge that the Spring 2021 semester at Ithaca College will look a bit different. Residence halls have been adjusted to reduce student density, we are required to wear face coverings at all times (except in our rooms), and we can no longer visit friends for movie nights. However, this does not mean that we have to miss out on our college experience. For example, Resident Assistants have undergone extensive training to prepare weekly events and activities, so that there will be opportunities to learn and interact with friends and floormates. Ithaca College is made up of a community of people who think creatively and are able to rise to the occasion, even amidst a global pandemic. 

Understanding that we are returning to a different situation on campus, we are grateful to be back on South Hill with the opportunity to learn remotely, in a hybrid format, and even face-to-face. We are able to hang out with friends, as long as we remain vigilant and abide by Ithaca College’s COVID 19 Health and Safety Guidelines including wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, and washing our hands for at least 20 seconds.  

One of the many reasons to love spring, especially during the pandemic, is that we don’t need to be confined to our dorms and apartments for too long. You’re at lower risk for coronavirus transmission outdoors, so, while we will still abide by health and safety guidelines, the spring will allow us to be outdoors taking part in fun activities.  

SGC remote meeting

SGC remote meeting.

Members of the Student Governance Council (SGC) have partnered with clubs and campaigns across campus to help decrease the spread of COVID-19 and garner student support for maintaining a safe and healthy campus. Collaborating with the off-campus living coordinator, the Public Relations Student Society of America, and the Masks are Hot Campaign, SGC has promoted material emphasizing how students can return to campus safely.  

Together, we have created a student-centered campaign: IC Students Together, the student-focused aspect of the college's #ICinThisTogether public health campaign, is aimed at encouraging Ithaca College students to respect and maintain the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Through the Instagram account, @icstudentstogether, we have shared resources with the student body about move-in and safety procedures, and will continue to do so throughout the Spring 2021 semester. The campaign’s social media pages will provide up-to-date information regarding school regulations and any other relevant content. 


Varsity Basketball Team six feet apart.

IC student athletes were among the first groups of students to come back for the spring semester. Before they arrived SGC had posted a small “how to” with information about what the student athletes could expect upon arriving on campus and what they should have completed in advance.  

To be allowed to train, athletes must get tested twice a week and complete a cleared health form online. The locker room capacity has been lowered with each student allotted a set amount of time to use the facility. 

Most teams have broken up into smaller “bubbles” or “pods” in order to minimize contact. The athletes are required to wear face masks and stay 6 feet apart at all times, even when training. Many teams have used tape to designate spots 6 feet apart and walkways in and out of the training facility.  

students in a field.

Varsity Swim Team hiking at Taughannock Falls.

Outside of training, social activities within the teams have changed due to COVID-19. With everyone having to stay 6 feet apart with a mask on, it might seem like there is not much to do. Many teams like the Varsity Swim Team have decided to do team hikes at our local gorges and falls. By being outside, they are able to reduce their risk while also having a great bonding experience.  

Overall, this semester is going to be a team effort. It is going to take the action and responsibility of every member of our college to keep our campus safe this semester, along with the efforts of IC Students Together. We are truly living in unprecedented times as college students. The pandemic has introduced us to many challenges, but it has also enabled us to be innovative and creative. The reality is that our day-to-day decisions will dictate how long it will take for life to return to normal. The Ithaca College community is known for its resiliency and vibrancy. Let’s not lose the qualities that make us such a unique community. 

Students looking to get involved in efforts to keep our campus safe, please contact or join SGC at one of our weekly meetings every Monday at 7 p.m.  

Let’s keep our numbers low, and our spirits high! 


Déontae Guy '23
Vice President of Communications 
Student Governance Council 

Carlos Abreu '22 and Katie Krom '23 
Student Governance Council Communications Committee