Students electing to be in Tompkins County for the spring semester are expected to remain in Tompkins County for the entire semester (unless you are a commuter from a nearby county). This applies whether you have declared remote status for academics or will be attending classes in person. Once you arrive in the Ithaca area, you must remain here until the end of the semester - please do not travel home or other locations to visit family or friends or invite individuals into the Tompkins County area to visit. If you have a family emergency that necessitates that you travel out of the area, please contact the Bonnie Prunty, Dean of Students regarding a re-entry process to campus. This will require testing and precautionary quarantine until your test results are available regardless of where you are traveling.
The status of individual locations, as reported by the CDC, is changing rapidly and may be reclassified during travel, creating potential travel issues and the possibility of required testing and/or quarantine upon return. Individuals choosing to travel to non-contiguous states, U.S. Territories, or Level 2 or higher countries internationally should be mindful of New York State requirements for testing and/or quarantine, which will be enforced by the college at the individual’s cost. Travel significantly increases the risk of importing the virus into the Ithaca area, potentially compromising our collective goal of completing an on-campus experience.
Residential students should be aware that the option to quarantine on campus, which is being offered during the January 2021 move-in process to facilitate the return of students to South Hill, is not available during the semester to satisfy the New York State Travel Advisory. Students choosing to travel for non-emergencies must make off-campus arrangements at their own cost to satisfy testing and quarantine requirements.