Ithaca College is relying upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health, and Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) in developing its operational plans. In addition, we are working closely with Cornell University and Tompkins Cortland Community College, as well as county government officials, to ensure that our plans consider the health and safety of our broader community. Our local hospital, Cayuga Medical Center, has been a critical partner in our discussions and will play a significant role in our testing strategy and medical response, as needed.
The title of each section below provides a link to the appropriate section of the Return to Campus website that contains additional information.
Testing and Screening
A cornerstone of our return to campus strategy is ongoing testing and regular self-screening for symptoms.
Contact Tracing, Isolation, and Quarantine
Any student who tests positive for COVID will be notified directly by TCHD, which will also notify our campus medical director. COVID-positive individuals will be isolated and are expected to fully participate in contact tracing efforts. Anyone TCHD identifies as a close contact of a COVID-positive case will also be notified by TCHD and must go into quarantine for 14 days. TCHD will retain the primary responsibility for contact tracing efforts and for setting the timeframes for isolation or quarantine.
Distancing, Density, and Traffic Flow
Individuals will be expected to maintain a six-foot distance from one another whenever possible on campus. We will be implementing changes to campus spaces to facilitate compliance by reducing density, increasing distance, and addressing traffic flow.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The college will supply personal protective equipment (PPE) depending upon the situation and in compliance with CDC, OSHA, and NYS guidelines. Face coverings will be required for students, faculty, and staff in nearly all circumstances in indoor spaces on campus.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
The college will be following cleaning and disinfecting best practices as recommended by the CDC and using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants. Restrooms and high “touch points” throughout the campus will be cleaned on an enhanced schedule.
Visitor and Travel Guidelines
The enhanced health and safety protocols require significant changes to our visitation and travel policies. While it is impossible to entirely close off our campus, there will be critical changes that will be implemented for the fall semester. This includes limiting access to our campus to current members of the Ithaca College community (students, faculty, and staff) and those who have been invited by the college as approved by a vice president.
We want to impress upon our campus community the significant impact our actions have on the Tompkins County area. While the health and safety guidelines described above delineate what will occur on campus, our expectation is that individuals associated with Ithaca College also demonstrate behaviors that are consistent with public health guidelines while off campus. All members of our campus community will be required to sign the Ithaca College Community Agreement mentioned above, which acknowledges this commitment to abide by health and safety guidelines. Noncompliance by just one person can have tremendous negative consequences for all. Through our individual and group behaviors, we will be able to achieve our common goal of successfully completing the fall semester and opening once again in the spring semester for on-campus instruction.