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Cleaning and Disinfecting

Ithaca College will be following cleaning and disinfecting best practices as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants. 

In Classrooms

There are no longer wipes or disinfectant spray in all classrooms. We continue to discourage sharing objects whenever possible. 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. 

In Restrooms

Residence hall restrooms and public restrooms are cleaned daily. 

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). 

In Offices

Offices may provide wipes or an alternative EPA-approved disinfectant spray for cleaning, although it is not required.  

Offices with shared workspaces may want to continue to 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.