Dear Students and Families,
As we have all been aware could happen, a change in New York State policy has led us to modify our previously announced move-in plan for students for the spring 2021 semester. The good news is that we believe the new policy will make it easier for more of our students to participate in an on-campus academic and residential experience this spring.
While the timing of residence hall move-in for some students will be adjusted from what we had announced on Oct. 27, the academic calendar will not change.
The updated travel advisory announced on Oct. 31 by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo no longer lists “restricted states.” It instead provides differing rules for states that are contiguous and non-contiguous with New York, U.S. territories, and countries with a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means that students from states that are contiguous with New York (Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont), or students from countries with a CDC No Travel Health Notice or Level 1 designation, do not need to quarantine.
Students from all other states, U.S. territories, and CDC Level 2 or 3 countries now have the option to “test out” of quarantining for 14 days after arriving in New York. They can accomplish this by doing all of the following:
- Obtaining a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival in New York;
- Completing a 3-day quarantine, measured from the time of arrival, within New York; and
- Obtaining a COVID-19 test on the 4th day. If that test is negative, they may exit quarantine.
Anyone arriving from a non-contiguous state, U.S. territory, or CDC Level 2 or 3 country must also complete New York’s Traveler Health Form.
While travelers from contiguous states are not subject to the quarantine requirements, the Travel Advisory specifically discourages all non-essential travel to these states.
These measures are critical in helping limit the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the region, the community, and the college. They reinforce our previous statements that any travel outside the immediate Ithaca area during the spring semester is strongly discouraged, as are any visits by family or friends to our campus. During the semester, we will not provide quarantine space to satisfy the Travel Advisory for students who elect to travel.