COVID-19 Policies and Updates

Students walking on Dryden Campus

Spring 2021 COVID Plans

Tompkins Cortland Spring 2021 Information for Students
Tompkins Cortland Spring 2021 Opening Plan for Students and Staff
Tompkins Cortland Spring 2021 SUNY Opening Plan

COVID-19 Testing Reminders and Regulations

Important: Anyone who comes to campus for any reason is expected to test once per week. 

We have migrated to a system using testing kits. We provide the kit, you provide the sample and return the kit. 

Kits available here

Main entrance table
Health and Wellness Room 188A on a table outside the office door

Kits returned here

Health and Wellness Room 118A in the big bin outside the office door

Make sure your kit "counts"

You MUST write your information on the label on the bag. If you don't, we won't know you returned your kit.

DO NOT eat, drink, or smoke for 30 minutes before providing the saliva – the lab rejects kits as they find non-saliva substances in the sample and you will have to retest. You have to register online each time you drop off a sample. This generates the patient ID barcode so you and the College can access your test results.

Thank you for doing you part to keep our community safe!

Room assignments and check in

Room assignments will be shared via email beginning Jan. 19. Students who are new to campus or who are switching rooms for the spring should plan to move in on a weekday between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you’re able to do so, go directly to the Office of Residence Life in Tioga Hall to check in.

Evening or weekend arrival

Students arriving in the evening or on the weekend can call the RA on Duty at 607.280.0640 when they arrive to campus for help with check in. Please note that due to limited staffing, students may experience a wait time when checking in during the evening or weekend.

Positive tests

Residential students
Residential students who test positive at any point in the semester will be mandated to move to a designated isolation room. The Tompkins County Health Department will work directly with the Vice President of Student Services and the Residence Life staff on contact tracing. Residence Life is developing a detailed plan for residential students who test positive and students who are exposed.

Commuter students
Commuter students who test positive at any point in the semester will be mandated to stay home in isolation. The Tompkins County Health Department will work directly with the Vice President of Student Services on contact tracing.

Staff
Faculty or staff members who test positive will be mandated to stay home in isolation. The Tompkins County Health Department will work directly with Human Resources on contact tracing. Human Resources is working on an updated leave time policy.

COVID 19 Stay Safe Mask

If I have a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test, does that mean I can come out of quarantine?

No. Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear as late as 14 days after exposure. Therefore, a negative test cannot guarantee that you will not become sick. The full 14 days of quarantine are required.