Frequently Asked Questions about Our Move-In Process

  • Testing: A cornerstone of the Ithaca College return to campus plan is the use of initial and ongoing testing to identify COVID-19 cases.
  • Daily Screening: To comply with NYS guidelines, Ithaca College is requiring all faculty, staff, and students complete an electronic screen daily.
  • Contact Tracing, Isolation, & Quarantine: COVID-positive individuals will be isolated and are expected to fully participate in contact tracing efforts & prevention measures.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting: IC will be following cleaning and disinfecting best practices as recommended by the CDC and using EPA approved disinfectants.

General FAQs

With the health and well-being of our campus community paramount, there are strict guidelines for how move-in will take place. We strongly encourage you to limit what you bring to campus for the spring semester, as you will need to be able to move all items into your on campus housing without helpers. There will be no move-in assistance available and visitors are not permitted to enter residence halls and on campus apartments. You may consider shipping items in advance to minimize the volume of what you bringing at move-in if desired.

IC Mail Services is accepting advance packages for residents (such as bed linens, large shipments being sent long distance from home to Ithaca, etc).  As long as packages arrive prior to December 18, 2020, college staff will work to place them in students' spring room assignments prior to move-in.  Any items received after that date will need to be picked up by students using the normal package delivery process. Learn how to address your mail and packages here.

​​​​​​The Office of Residential Life will communicate with each roommate after move-in sign-ups are complete. Note that a variety of factors will play a role in deciding which student goes where (academics, timing, building occupancy, etc.).  More information about move in procedures for roommates.

Yes. All students should complete a self-quarantine for 14 days at home before traveling to Ithaca. In addition, we strongly recommend that you obtain a COVID-19 test before traveling to Ithaca. If you are positive, you should not travel until released from isolation. You will be tested again upon arrival, and will enter Ithaca College’s precautionary quarantine (either on campus or in an Ithaca College-provided hotel room) overnight or until you receive a negative test result.

For Information related to countries with a CDC No Travel Health Notice or Level 1 designation, please click on the links.

Students from all other states, U.S. Territories, and CDC Level 2 or Level 3 countries must plan to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York State to satisfy the Travel Advisory guidelines, or go through the test-out option. Review adhering to state guidelines for specific information on the test-out option and how it relates to move-in.

Students will receive an email on Monday, December 7 with instructions for how to sign up for a move-in time slot.

If you are living on campus for the spring semester, your belongings will be placed in your spring room prior to your arrival. If you will be living off-campus for the spring semester or will be in the Ithaca area, you may arrange a pick-up appointment by emailing General Services at generalservices@ithaca.edu. General Services asks that you arrange pick-up appointments at least two business days in advance. If you will be remote for the spring semester, more information is coming soon.

Yes, you can rent or bring your own. If you are considering renting from Refrigerator Leasing Company, we encourage you submit a request early as the company will pre-delivered them to residence hall rooms between January 6th-8th. Learn more about your options here.

All members of the IC community (students, faculty, and staff) must sign and agree to the IC Community Agreement. Students who may not be following expectations will be followed up with by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards. If there is a concern about behaviors taking place, any member of the IC community or members of the general public may also submit a concern through the Community Agreement Reporting Form.

For more information, also visit the Student Conduct & Community Standard COVID-19 FAQs.