Dear IC Community,
After several focused weeks of diligent, thorough effort and collaboration, we are pleased to share the academic calendar for 2020-21.
As you know, creating a firm plan for the coming academic year has been difficult within the context of our ongoing public health crisis, the necessity of compliance with the recently released state guidelines, and challenges that are specific to Ithaca College, including the readiness of our physical plant.
Due to the incredible effort of our students, their families, and our student affairs and facilities teams, our delayed move-out has gone very well and we are able to prepare our physical plant earlier than expected. Additionally, the fantastic, perceptive work of our Return to Campus Task Force and the Academic Success and Student Engagement Coordinating Committee has meant that we are hitting the ground running on our compliance with state guidelines and regulations, even though this information was only recently made public.
We vowed to be nimble, iterative, and metrics-based in our decision-making as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this updated ’20-21 academic calendar reflects that commitment. We want to offer our sincere appreciation to Associate Provost Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson, who has been spearheading this massive effort, and the hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and parents who have provided feedback on this critical work and contributed constructively to carving out a path forward in a time of crisis.
Ithaca College is fortunate to have the benefit of the exceptional management of the pandemic within Tompkins County, where there are fewer than a handful of active cases. However, as we see COVID cases spike around the country, and within the context of the recent travel advisory from the governor’s office, we want to underscore that all plans for the ’20-21 academic year are necessarily subject to change.
Though the national situation around this pandemic evolves, we remain committed to delivering a signature IC experience to our students in the midst of it, and will continue to prioritize flexibility, safety, and the public good.