Cleaning and Disinfecting

Ithaca College will be following cleaning and disinfecting best practices as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants. College community members are expected to contribute to cleaning and disinfecting practices as described below, using college-provided EPA approved disinfectants.

In Classrooms

Either wipes or disinfectant spray and paper towels will be available in all classrooms. Faculty members and students should wipe down all surfaces upon entering the classroom. In addition, while sharing objects is discouraged, if sharing of objects does occur during a class period those items should be wiped down in between each use. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their own dry erase markers and other needed materials to the classroom with them.

In Buildings

High “touch points” in all buildings are one of the highest priorities to be disinfected throughout the day and include the following:

  • Entranceways
  • Light switches
  • Door handles
  • Sinks
  • Drinking fountains
  • Handrails
  • Desks
  • Counters
  • Chairs
  • Elevator buttons

Public spaces and gathering spaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily across campus. College community members are encouraged to use wipes or disinfectant spray located in various places on campus to disinfect public areas prior to use.

In Restrooms

Residence hall restrooms will be cleaned twice daily and public restrooms will be cleaned daily. In addition, every residence hall bathroom will be supplied with paper towels and a spray bottle containing disinfectant to enable students to sanitize sinks, faucets, etc., prior to each use.

Hand dryers in restrooms will be turned off with signage to inform patrons that they have been disable to help prevent the spread of COVID-19; paper towel dispensers will be added to such locations.

In Dining Areas

Any seating area indicated as reserved for campus dining will be cleaned and disinfected after every use. Seating in the dining areas will have signs to indicate when the table and chair have been cleaned and disinfected (and are thus available for use). Staff will be identified and charged with cleaning and disinfecting any common areas and items (including door handles).

In Offices

Common office areas will have either wipes or an alternative EPA-approved disinfectant spray product available for cleaning. A supply of wipes and disinfectant will be maintained in a central location in each building. If the supply in a particular room is low, individuals should retrieve supplies from the central location. 

When leaving a shared workspace, use sanitary wipes and disinfectant to thoroughly wipe down instruments, keyboards, or any other surfaces that were touched. Office cleaning will occur monthly during pandemic periods so that custodial efforts can be applied to residence halls, common areas, and restrooms. Employees will be asked to place their trash and recyclables in public receptacles or outside their office door for pickup. 

Students and employees should provide their own supplies for cleaning their personal spaces, and are encouraged to regularly disinfect their personal spaces.

If COVID-Positive Individual

In the case of a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, the college will temporarily remove from service areas that individual occupied (e.g., residential hall room, classroom, dining, etc.) based on guidance from the Tompkins County Health Department.

The Office of Facilities will follow CDC protocol for cleaning and disinfecting after persons suspected/confirmed to have COVID-19 have been in a facility. More specifically, facilities will wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting contaminated areas, if possible. Cleaning staff will clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by the infected persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.

If it has been more than seven days since a person who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has visited or used a facility, additional cleaning and disinfection will not occur. However, routine cleaning and disinfection will continue.

Enforcement of Cleaning and Hygiene Requirements

Non-compliance with cleaning and disinfection requirements is a violation of the community agreement and can be reported here. Violations by faculty or staff will be subject to disciplinary processes in accordance with the respective policies in the Ithaca College Policy Manual or collective bargaining agreement covering the individual. Violations by students, both residential and off-campus, will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Conduct Code.