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Testing

A cornerstone of our return to South Hill is the use of arrival and ongoing testing to identify COVID-19 cases and to monitor the prevalence of the virus within our community. All faculty, staff, and students having any on-campus presence are required to participate in the college's COVID-19 testing program at the frequency requested. In addition, we expect that individuals symptomatic for COVID-19 seek advice from a medical professional to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed immediately. If so, campus community members are expected to obtain that testing and refrain from accessing campus while awaiting test results and until cleared by a medical professional. 

Spring Semester Testing for the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

Ithaca College, in partnership with Cayuga Health System, will be using a saliva self-collection process for the spring semester. Some key points to know about this process:

  • You will collect your own sample using a saliva self-collection kit.

  • Do not eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke for 30 minutes before providing the sample.

  • Collect and register your sample on the day you plan to drop it off. 

  • Drop your sample to a locked collection bin Monday through Friday by 11:30 am. You can pick up another saliva self-collection kit for your next submission when you drop off your sample.

  • There are designated pick up/drop off locked collection bins across campus for the saliva self-collection kits. Saliva samples are only collected Monday through Friday at approximately 11:30 am so please make sure your sample is in the bin by that time on the day that you are providing your sample. Do not drop your samples on weekends or other times:

    • Athletics & Events - Monday through Friday. Samples must be dropped by 11:30 a.m.
    • Campus Center - Monday through Friday. Samples must be dropped off by 11:30 a.m.
    • Terrace 13 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Samples must be dropped off by 11:30 a.m.
    • Designated location for Farm Pond Road employees (ask your supervisor). Samples must be dropped off by 11:30 a.m.
    • Circles Community Center (Circles residents only). Samples must be dropped off by 11:30 a.m.
    • Peggy Ryan Williams (downstairs) - 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Samples must be dropped off by 11:30 a.m.
    • Terraces Dining Hall (second floor) - Monday through Friday. Samples must be dropped off by 11:30 a.m.
  • Students must drop their samples on Monday/Thursday OR Tuesday/Friday.
  • Employees should collect your saliva sample on a day that is convenient for you, consistent with your required testing frequency. Please try to be consistent about the day of the week that you are dropping your sample. 
  • Make sure to register your sample by labeling the vial and scanning a QR code with your smart phone. There is a web-based URL to register your sample if you do not have a smart phone or ability to scan a QR code. 
  • If you are symptomatic for COVID-19, do not access campus to drop off a saliva sample (students should remain in their residence and contact Hammond Health Center at 607-274-3177). Instead, register for an appointment to visit one of Cayuga Health System's off campus sampling site collection locations. 

Saliva Self-Collection

How saliva self-collection works and where you can pick up and drop off your kit.

Cayuga Health System has prepared a sample video so that you can familiarize yourself with the saliva collection process.

Please collect your sample on the day you plan to drop it off in a collection bin. Do not eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke for 30 minutes before providing the sample. 

Follow the instructions provided on the collection kit. These are as follows:

Collection instructions:

  • No food or drink 30 minutes before saliva collection
  • Wash/sanitize hands before collection.
  • Spit 3 mL of saliva up to line in Tube 1 (the tube with the QR code)
  • Put preservative contents of Tube 2 into saliva tube. DO NOT INGEST!
  • Tightly cap Tube 1, tighten invert it to mix contents.
  • Label your name, date of birth, and collection date on the provided label and affix label to the tube.
  • Discard Tube 2 in ordinary trash.

Registration/Drop-Off instructions:

  • Open your smartphone Camera App (or download from the App or Play Store) and scan the QR code (the “” symbol affixed to Tube 1).
  • COMPLETE the REGISTRATION by clicking Register Sample.
  • Place Tube 1 in bag.
  • Return your sample to designated drop-off location at your organization.

The saliva self-collection method does not require you to preregister for a testing appointment. Vials must be dropped off Monday through Friday by 11:30 a.m. in the collection bin at one of the designated locations below. You can pick up a new self-collection kit each time you drop off your sample.  

Kits can be dropped off and picked up at the following locations Monday through Friday before 11:30 a.m.:  

  • Athletics & Events Center – in the lobby, by the front desk (opens at 7:00 a.m.) 
  • Campus Center – in the lobby, by the information desk (opens at 8:00 a.m.) 
  • Terrace T13 – first floor. Use the lakeside entrance facing the Terraces (opens at 8:30 a.m.) 
  • Employees on Farm Pond Road will have a designated drop off/pick up location in that area that will be shared with you by your supervisor. 
  • Circles Community Center - in front of Circles Market Place (Circles residents only with card access, 24 hours a day) 
  • Peggy Ryan Williams (PRW) Center Lobby (opens at 8:00 a.m.) 
  • Terraces Dining Hall (second floor)

Test results typically take approximately 24-48 hours to be shared. Cayuga Health System will notify Ithaca College when individuals are cleared to access campus, and employees and students will receive an email notification from Ithaca College once this occurs. 

If you would like to access your test results yourself, or need to print them out, you can do so through your patient portal with Cayuga Health System

A contact tracer from Ithaca College or the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) will notify any person who tests positive and will initiate contact tracing.

Testing Frequency for the SARS-COV-2 Virus

Read more about how often students and employees must be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the spring semester.

Students must provide samples two times per week

All students, commuter, off-campus, or residential, whether taking coursework in a face-to-face, hybrid, or remote format must provide a saliva sample two times per week. We recommend that you adhere to a schedule to drop off your samples on a Monday and Thursday morning or Tuesday and Friday morning. This is asymptomatic surveillance testing, meaning that you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, do not access campus, and seek medical attention and testing from the Hammond Health Center by calling 607-274-3177.

Prior to Spring Return to Campus

All employees, faculty and staff, should test before having an in-person presence on campus in the spring semester. If you are an essential employee and are not able to access testing before your start date, supervisors will work with you to provide a saliva sample on the first day that you report to campus.

Register for a testing and screening frequency

Please register for a testing and daily health screening frequency by completing the Daily Health Screening & Registration form on IC Workflow.

During the Semester

Population Description Testing Frequency
Employees in High/Direct Contact Positions 
  • Administrators in high-contact positions
  • Admissions staff (with public contact)
  • Athletic Coaches
  • Dining staff 
  • Faculty - teaching face-to-face 
  • Faculty - conducting close contact research
  • Facilities staff 
  • Health Center staff
  • ID Office staff
  • Information Technology - Endpoint, AV, and Network Technicians; Service Desk Employees; TLT staff
  • Mail Center staff
  • Residential Life – all on-campus staff
  • Public Safety staff
  • Warehouse staff
Weekly - please select one day, Monday through Friday, to consistently drop your sample before 11:30 am in one of the designated collection bins. If you do not work regularly scheduled shifts, please adhere to as close to once a week as possible.
Employees in Low/No Direct Contact Positions 
  • Administrators in low-contact positions
  • Admissions staff (if no contact with public)
  • Campus Store staff
  • Faculty - approved to access offices/classrooms only 
  • Faculty – conducting solo research
  • Network Engineers
  • Residential Life – live-in partners
  • Print Shop staff
Every other week. Please select one day, Monday through Friday, to consistently drop your sample before 11:30 am in one of the designated collection bins. If you do not work regularly scheduled shifts, please adhere to as close to once every other week as possible.

 

If you need to temporarily halt (e.g., for paid time off or a leave of absence) or change your testing frequency, you can do so by visiting apps.ithaca.edu and using IC Workflow to access the Daily Health Screening and Testing Registration Form.

In addition to the being tested when you have no symptoms (asymptomatic surveillance testing), anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms during the semester should not access campus and is expected to seek medical advice and testing. 

Employees

Employees should register for an appointment to access one of Cayuga Health System's off-campus sampling centers and contact their primary care provider. You should not access campus to drop off a saliva sample if symptomatic.

Students

Students should remain in their residence hall room, apartment, or off campus living arrangement and contact Hammond Health Center by calling 607-274-3177 for medical attention and symptomatic testing. Should a student need testing or medical attention when the Health Center is closed, the normal process of seeking care at one of the urgent care centers in Ithaca or at the Cayuga Medical Center should be used.

Students and employees must continue to test at the required interval even after being vaccinated against developing severe COVID-19 disease.

Testing Positive for the Sars-CoV-2 Virus

Information about students and employees testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the spring semester.

Off-Campus Students 

  • Students who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 within 90 days of February 5 are exempt from arrival testing, once verified by Hammond Health Center. 

  • Students who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 within 14 days of their arrival date in Ithaca, however, may not travel to Ithaca until cleared by Hammond Health Center. 

  • Students must provide test results to Hammond Health Center (healthcenter@ithaca.edu or fax to 607-274-1844) and, if available, notification from health department that isolation was completed. 

  • Hammond Health Center will review the information and establish when the student must begin surveillance testing. 

  • Student must clarify if they are traveling from a contiguous state or non-contiguous state. Students traveling from a non-contiguous state must still complete the Traveler’s Health Form, but they do not have to complete the pre-travel test, Day 4 test, or quarantine required by the Travel Advisory. 

Residential Students

  • Students who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 within 90 days of move-in date are exempt from arrival testing and quarantine, once verified by Hammond Health Center. 

  • Students must provide test results to Hammond Health Center (healthcenter@ithaca.edu or fax to 607-274-1844) and, if available, notification from health department that isolation was completed. 

  • Hammond Health Center will review the information and establish when the student must begin surveillance testing. 

  • Student must clarify if they are traveling from a contiguous state or non-contiguous state. Students traveling from a non-contiguous state must still complete the Traveler’s Health Form, but they do not have to complete the pre-travel test, Day 4 test, or quarantine required by the Travel Advisory. 

  • Residential students who test positive within 90 days of move-in, and have submitted all required information to Hammond Health Center, do not have to complete arrival testing or quarantine. After completing the move-in check-in process at Athletics & Events, may proceed directly to their housing assignment for the spring 

  • If students are part of a roommate pair, they can go to the room together – one student does not have to go to the hotel for quarantine.  

  • Students coming from non-contiguous states, must still complete the Traveler’s Health Form, but they do not have to complete the pre-travel test, Day 4 test, or quarantine. 

  • If you were approved to complete your travel advisory quarantine in Emerson Hall, please email caremanager@ithaca.edu so that they are aware that you no longer require quarantine and can coordinate with Residential Life to reschedule your move-in date.

  • Students who test positive within 14 days of their selected move-in date must provide test results to Hammond Health Center (healthcenter@ithaca.edu or fax to 607-274-1844) and, once available, notification from health department that isolation was completed. 

  • Students with a positive test result who have not completed isolation may not travel to Ithaca or be on campus until cleared by Hammond Health Center. 

  • Once released from isolation, students coming from non-contiguous states, must still complete the Traveler’s Health Form, but they do not have to complete the pre-travel test, Day 4 test, or quarantine. 

  • If you were approved to complete your travel advisory quarantine in Emerson Hall, please email caremanager@ithaca.edu so that they are aware that you no longer require quarantine and can coordinate with Residential Life to reschedule your move-in date.

  • If you are cleared to return to campus after Friday, February 5, Residential Life will reach out to you with instructions on your arrival. 

Individuals who are not cleared to access campus due to a positive test result must isolate until cleared by the local health department.

Employees 

Employees must follow the Human Resources protocol for notifying the college when testing positive. Employees will isolate in their own residence and will receive guidance from the Tompkins County Health Department or the local health department of their permanent residence.

Residential Students

Residential students, whether in a residential hall or apartment, who are not cleared to return to campus must temporarily relocate to Emerson Hall or a local hotel arranged by the college. When in isolation in Emerson Hall or other location designated by the college, you may not:

  • Leave your room, unless directed to by college personnel
  • Access campus
  • Access the broader Ithaca community
  • Have visitors or guests

Students must remain in isolation until release is approved by the Tompkins County Health Department. Ithaca College will provide support to ensure that daily needs (e.g., food, medication, sanitation, laundry, medical, and mental health services) are met.

Off-Campus Students

Off-campus students must isolate in their own independent living arrangement or other arrangements that they make individually in consultation with the health department. Please refer to our Off-Campus Living Quarantine and Isolation webpage for information on how to prepare your household to manage isolation should it need to occur. These preparations should occur in advance. When in isolation, you may not:

  • Leave your residence (and should remain confined to a separate room and bathroom whenever possible if you have roommates)
  • Access campus
  • Access the broader Ithaca community
  • Have visitors or guests

You must remain in isolation until the Tompkins County Health Department notifies the college that you are cleared.

Enforcement of Testing Requirements

Non-compliance with testing 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. 

Questions?

Bridget McCann

Testing Coordinator

Terrace 13