Prior to Arriving on Campus

The community agreement is now available online. To sign the agreement log into the Housing Portal (via HomerConnect) and you will be auto-prompted to sign it. The community agreement must be signed prior to selecting a move-in time slot.

Students will receive an email Monday, December 7, with instructions for how to sign up for a move-in appointment via the Housing Portal in HomerConnect ahead of the spring semester.

All students are strongly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test at home approximately two weeks prior to arriving in Ithaca. In addition, students are asked to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus, even if the COVID-19 test is negative. Students from contiguous states who complete these steps may proceed to campus. We note that students may be traveling from areas where robust testing is not available. We strongly encourage students to obtain testing; however, we will not prohibit a student from returning to campus if testing is not available in their location.

Students in non-contiguous states, U.S. territories, and CDC Level 2 or higher countries must plan to self-quarantine in NY state for 14 days prior to their move-in appointment, or follow the steps to complete the test-out option prior to their move-in appointment.  Students will receive an email from the college the week of November 16, requesting that they verify their quarantine plans and, for residential students, requesting that they apply for an on-campus quarantine space if they need one.

Students who have a positive COVID-19 test are expected to seek guidance from their primary care provider and remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications, and that any other symptoms have improved. It is possible that isolation could be longer depending upon the severity of symptoms. Once the student is released by their local health department from isolation, and the student has followed New York’s travel entry requirements, the student can proceed to campus.

While the flu shot does not prevent COVID-19, it does protect your respiratory health and minimizes the severity of flu illness. It also helps to save limited health care resources so that we can dedicate those to the fight against COVID-19.

There will be no move-in assistance provided at the residence halls and apartments. Ithaca College will deliver items already in storage to students’ housing assignments prior to their spring arrival.

Other items may be shipped in advance of move-in. As early as Monday, November 9, 2020, students may begin shipping items to campus. As long as the packages arrive prior to December 18, 2020, college staff will work to place them in your spring room assignment prior your arrival.  Any items received after that date will need to be picked by the student using the normal package retrieval process.

Only students will be permitted in the residence halls and apartment buildings.

Register with Cayuga Health System on their patient portal.

Upload your photo to the ID Office so you can pick up your ID card when you check in.

Back to Campus Health and Safety Checklist

  • get your flu shot
  • bring a thermometer
  • bring medicine for symptoms (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.)
  • bring disinfection supplies like household cleaners or wipes to keep your residential hall room and items like your phone and laptop disinfected
  • bring your own refillable water bottle
  • bring several washable and reusable face coverings to supplement those provided by the college