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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. 

Requirement to Complete Arrival Quarantine if Testing Positive within 90 Days of Move-in or Arrival

  • Students who test positive within 90 days of move-in or arrival 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. 

  • Students who have submitted all required information to Hammond Health Center do not have to complete arrival testing or quarantine. Residential students will proceed directly to their spring housing assignment after completing the check-in process at Athletics & Events. 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 testing positive are exempt from surveillance testing requirements for 90 days from their positive test date, after which they must begin surveillance testing again. They are not exempt from following all other requirements of the Community Agreement or critical public health measures such as wearing a face covering, maintaining six feet of physical distance, or practicing good hand hygiene.

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.
  • Collect your sample on the day you plan to drop it off. 
  • Do not eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke for 30 minutes before providing the sample.
  • 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 - 7:00 am - 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Samples must be dropped by 11:30 am.
    • Campus Center - 8:00 am - 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Samples must be dropped by 11:30 am.
    • Terrace 13 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Samples must be dropped by 11:30 am.
    • Designated location for Farm Pond Road employees (ask your supervisor). Samples must be dropped by 11:30 am.
    • Beginning on Monday, January 25th: Additional collection bins will be available in the Circles Community Center and Peggy Ryan Williams Lobby. 
  • Collect your saliva sample on a day that is convenient for you, consistent with your required testing frequency, and drop it in the collection bins. 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. 

The nasopharyngeal swab will no longer be offered on campus. Cayuga Health System is also phasing out offering the nasopharyngeal swab at the Sampling Site at the Shops at Ithaca Mall, and will be switching to a saliva-only collection method at that location. 

Student Arrival Testing

Details on how residential, off-campus, and commuter students complete required arrival testing.

Residential students will complete arrival testing as part of your scheduled move-in date/time. You do not need to register separately for arrival testing. Students will remain in a precautionary quarantine either in a residence hall or a local hotel until results are available. Hotels will be assigned on the day of student arrival. More information is available on our Residential Life COVID Testing & Check-In page.

Students approved to quarantine in Emerson Hall to satisfy the New York State Travel Advisory will be administered their "Day 4" test while in Emerson Hall. Please remember that you must also complete a test within 72 hours of traveling into New York State (results do not have to be available prior to travel) and complete the New York State Traveler's Health form. Both your pre-travel test and your Day 4 test must be negative to be released from quarantine in Emerson Hall.

Once released from quarantine, please plan to adhere to a testing frequency of two times per week moving forward using the saliva self-collection process described below. 

If you test positive within 90 days prior to your move-in date, please review the information in the "Testing Positive for the SARS-CoV-2" section below on the process to follow. 

All off-campus students should complete arrival testing as soon as possible after their return to the Ithaca area, and must complete arrival testing by February 3 or you will be unable to access classes on February 8th. Please review the "Returning for Spring 2021" webpage for off-campus students if you have not already done so.

Terrace 13 (open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) is the preferred location for off-campus students to obtain and drop off saliva self-collection kits prior to classes beginning given the availability of parking and limited accessibility to other areas of campus. However, you may pick up or drop off at any of the designated locations.

Once you are in the area and have completed an arrival test, please plan to adhere to a testing frequency of two times per week moving forward. We recommend that you adhere to a schedule to drop off your samples on a Monday and Thursday morning or Tuesday and Friday morning. 

All commuter students must test by February 3 or you will be unable to access classes on February 8th

Terrace 13 (open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) is the preferred location for off-campus students to obtain and drop off saliva self-collection kits prior to classes beginning given the availability of parking and limited accessibility to other areas of campus. However, you may pick up or drop off at any of the designated locations.

In addition, Cayuga Health System offers several testing sites in Tompkins County and surrounding areas. You must register for an appointment to test at these locations HERE. On the last registration page, you will have an option of selecting the location. There is no cost to students for testing at these locations.

Once you complete an arrival test, please plan to adhere to a testing frequency of two times per week moving forward. We recommend that you adhere to a schedule to drop off your samples on a Monday and Thursday morning or Tuesday and Friday morning. 

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, and wipe tube with alcohol wipe.
  • Label your name, date of birth, and collection date on the provided label and affix label to the tube.
  • Discard Tube 2 & alcohol wipes 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 am 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.  

Beginning on January 4, 2021, kits can be dropped off and picked up at the following locations Monday through Friday before 11:30 am:  

  • Athletics & Events Center – in the lobby, by the front desk (opens at 7:00 am) 
  • Campus Center – in the lobby, by the information desk (opens at 8:00 am) 
  • Terrace T13 – first floor. Use the lakeside entrance facing the Terraces (opens at 8:30 am) 
  • 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. 

In addition to the areas noted above, the following locations will be available beginning on January 25, 2021 Monday through Friday before 11:30 am:  

  • 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 am) 

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