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Physical Distancing

Since people can spread COVID-19 before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. This physical distance is especially important to protect people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Ithaca College expects individuals to maintain 6 feet of distance from one another whenever possible, whether on or off campus. We have made changes to campus spaces to facilitate compliance by reducing density, increasing distance, and addressing traffic flow.

In Classrooms

Classrooms will be de-densified to comply with 6 feet of physical distancing. Room diagrams will be posted in all classrooms to illustrate the proper placing of desks or other furniture. These are also accessible to view on 25 Live. Room users are strongly discouraged from re-arranging furniture in the room. If the classroom must be rearranged, six-foot distancing must still be maintained and the classroom should be returned to the same arrangement as in the room diagram upon leaving. The college does not plan to remove furniture from classrooms, so attention to visual cues regarding spacing is important. When possible, faculty members are asked to use seating charts to facilitate contact tracing should that be needed.

When entering or exiting the classroom, faculty/staff and students must follow all recommendations regarding traffic flow. 

For classes where 6 feet of physical distancing is not possible (e.g., hands-on labs), heightened personal protective equipment compliant with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements will be provided.

In Dining Areas

Traditional dining areas will have reduced areas for people to sit and congregate, with more options being made available in different areas of campus including Emerson Suites. In addition, furniture and/or floors have markings congruent with physical distancing requirements. We ask that members of our campus community adhere to 6 foot physical distancing even if a visual marker is not available.

In Meetings and Events

Large gatherings and meetings will not be permitted.

Meetings which typically would be held face-to-face should be held remotely whenever possible. If a face-to-face meeting must occur, participants must wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet of physical distance, and adhere to room diagrams and/or capacity, if applicable, and any floor markings. 

In High Traffic Areas

To reduce face-to-face and bi-directional foot traffic, most buildings will have one entrance, while all other doors will be designated as “exit only” (all doors will be available as exits in the case of fire or other emergency). The college will place rope and stanchion barricades in appropriate locations, as well as reminders of CDC guidelines for social distancing. Where multiple stairways exist within a building, at least one stairway will be designated for traffic going up and others designated for traffic going down. Signage will be posted in all buildings indicating that 6 feet of physical distance must be maintained between persons. Additionally, physical distancing floor markers, identified areas that are acceptable for seating, as well as the distribution of furniture in congregation areas will be implemented.

In Customer-Facing Offices

Plexiglass barriers were installed in customer-facing offices (e.g., IT Help Desk, Campus Center Information Desk, Student Financial Services, Registrar, etc.). Plexiglass transaction shields were installed where necessary in retail and resident dining locations. In addition, special requests from business units and academics for plexiglass barriers will be accommodated wherever possible.

In Elevators or Small Spaces

All tightly confined spaces (e.g., elevators, supply rooms, faculty offices) should be limited to one person at a time where possible, unless all individuals in such space at the same time are wearing face coverings. Even with face coverings in use, occupancy should not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of the space.

Elevator capacity should not exceed two individuals, and all riders must wear a face covering and avoid touching the floor buttons with fingers (use your elbow if possible). Riders should refrain from talking until they have exited the elevator. Use of stairways is preferred when feasible.

Enforcement of Physical Distancing Requirements

Non-compliance with physical distancing requirements is a violation of the community agreement. 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.