An October opening gives our returning and new students the space they need to get ready for the upcoming year, to engage in a creative slate of undergraduate summer session classes and experiences and remain engaged with IC to make sure no one misses a beat in their learning.
This carefully thought-out timeframe provides our faculty with the opportunity to fully prepare to deliver the strongest educational experience, and for our staff to fully map out their work and put solid, responsive plans in place around our emergency health and safety management.
The senior leadership team and I will unpack this major announcement with faculty and staff this week, during our All-Staff Gathering later today, and our All-Faculty Gathering to be held on Wednesday. We are also planning to hold a few virtual student gatherings, to focus on our move-out plan and discuss the new academic year.
Finally, I want to be very clear that our 2020-21 academic year will be a full academic year, which begins on Monday, Oct. 5. I know you will have specific questions about the academic calendar and the student experience, which will be answered as we continue to hone and finalize our plans to return to campus. I also know many of you will have questions about our athletics programs this fall. Please be assured that our athletics department staff, sports medicine staff, and the director of medicine for IC are working collaboratively to determine a plan and process to re-engage in intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports, and that IC will continue to follow NCAA, NATA, and Liberty League guidelines.
Ithaca College has weathered many storms since we began as a small music conservatory in 1892, and survival in the face of significant challenge is in the DNA of this place. Throughout this particular storm, our community has continued to demonstrate creativity, grit, and solidarity as we’ve pushed forward and continued to serve our students. It’s this type of innovative, student-centered approach that makes us so distinctive as an academic institution.
I thank all of you for being a part of the IC family, and I am proud to walk alongside you during this critical time as we build the future of Ithaca College.
I look forward to seeing you all back on South Hill soon.
Shirley M. Collado