2020 Residence Hall Move-Out Process

The timeline of our move out process will be directed by New York State Governor Cuomo and the Tompkins County Health Department. Our plan is in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s phased reopening plan. The move-out process will be invitation-based in phases, by regions and based on the identified re-opening metrics Per the guidance of the Tompkins County Health Department, phase 1 of the move-out process began on Monday, June 8, 2020.

  • Phase 1, starts June 8th. Invite NYS regions that meet their state metrics for re-opening to return to campus to move-out.  As of Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the following regions have met their metrics and are part of Phase 1: Capital, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, New York City (NYC), North Country, Southern Tier, and Western New York.
  • Phase 2, starts June 23rd. Invite students in regions that meet metrics within a 4-hour drive of Ithaca College to return to campus to move-out.  
  • Phase 3, starts June 30th. Invite all other regions that meet the re-opening metrics to return to campus to move-out.  
  • All other regions: For students who cannot return to campus to retrieve their items (due distance or does not meet the re-opening metrics to be invited back), we will provide moving support through Free Packing and Free Storage 

Sunday, July 19th, will be the last day to sign up for a Move Out shift.

We will be following each state's reopening guidelines that identify when a region meets the required metrics.  These criteria will be checked each week on Wednesday so we can update regions that are meeting opening standards and will allow individuals from those areas to sign up for move out beginning the following Monday. When your area is available to travel back to campus, you will be notified via Ithaca College email and be permitted to sign up for a move out time slot.  Please note you can arrive any time after the time frame but not before.   

 We have developed procedures to allow you to safely retrieve your belongings still in the residence halls.  These procedures adhere to social distancing guidelines giving everyone maximum flexibility to accomplish move out. We are asking that individuals entering the buildings to wear face masks when in public spaces.  If you do not have a face mask, there will be some individually wrapped in each residence hall lobby area for you to take, use, and keep. There will be staff available across campus to answer your questions or assist you if something should come up.  
(updated 6/18/2020)

Archive of messages, videos, and documents related to the move-out process.
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Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ provides answers to many of the questions we have been receiving related to the move-out process.
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Move-Out Options
Overview of move-out options including, in-person, shipping, and storage.
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Move-Out Registration in Engage
Students in housing during Spring 2020 needing to retrieve their belongings are invited to register their move-out option.
Move-Out Resources
Information about area office support, retrieve/return items from academic buildings and move-out safety while on campus.
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Shipping and Storage
Not able to return to campus? Find some options for packing, shipping and storage.
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Residential Student Gathering: Updates to the Move Out Process (6/4/2020)

file-outline Tompkins County Health Department Response - TCHD_Response.pdf (301.63 KB)