Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The college will supply personal protective equipment (PPE) depending upon the situation and in compliance with CDC, OSHA, and NYS guidelines. Face coverings will be required for students, faculty, and staff in nearly all circumstances in indoor spaces on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Face coverings are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of COVID-19 and are currently required by New York State for individuals in public spaces. Face coverings are required in every indoor location on campus (with the exception of one’s own office while alone or in a residence hall room with your roommate). This includes faculty and students when in a classroom. We recommend that you carry a spare face covering with you at all times in case your primary one is compromised.

Public transportation and local businesses in the Ithaca area also expect individuals to wear face coverings, so campus members should have a face covering on when in off-campus locations as well. Additionally, in outdoor venues, face coverings are required whenever 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Yes. At the beginning of the semester, employees and students will be provided with three (3) cloth, reusable face coverings produced by IC Print Services. Face coverings are effective at capturing respiratory droplets from individuals reducing the likelihood of person-to-person transmission. Replacement face coverings will be available as needed at various locations on campus. 

Personal face coverings can be used as well. Acceptable face coverings will include, but are not limited to, cloth-based face coverings (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandanna) or surgical masks. Please note that face shields cannot substitute for a face covering; they can be worn in addition to an acceptable face covering.    

Any face covering must be worn to cover both your nose and your mouth and should be tied and secured behind your head or both elastic bands should be secured behind your ears.

Face coverings must be worn by anyone on campus when indoors, and when in the presence of others where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. The following exceptions apply:  

  • Students will not be required to wear face coverings when in their residential hall room with their roommate or when eating in a designated dining location.
  • Employees will not be required to wear a face covering when in their own office with the door closed.

Face coverings, in addition to six foot of physical distance and heightened cleaning and hygiene protocols, will be the primary mechanism for reducing person-to-person transmission on campus. Our Office of Environmental Health and Safety is identifying situations where more significant personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required for students or employees.

Gloves: Gloves are not required for disinfecting work stations. Gloves are mainly recommended for individuals working with chemicals (i.e., facilities personnel) or where close physical contact between individuals is required (i.e., athletic trainers, dining, Hammond Health Center, or clinic spaces such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and likely some other disciplines). In such instances, the College will provide gloves as needed.

Plexiglass: Plexiglass barriers will be installed in high transaction, forward-facing environments such as the IT Help Desk, Student Financial Services, Department front offices, and dining services.

Face Shields and Gowns: We also do not anticipate that face shields or gowns will be required in most circumstances. However, there are some instances where close physical contact between individuals is required (i.e. athletic trainers, Hammond Health Center, clinic spaces, art, theatre, or other disciplines). In such instances, the College will provide face shields or gowns as needed.

Individuals who require additional PPE will receive the appropriate equipment and receive training to use it properly.