Fall 2020 reopening plans
Update | Oct. 22
Tompkins Cortland Community College COVID cases
There was an in-person positive exposure in a class on Monday, Oct. 19 that resulted in one faculty member and three students placed in mandatory quarantine. The exposure locations were deep-cleaned.
There is a potential exposure from an in-person class on Thursday, Oct. 15 that is still being investigated by the Health Department. One faculty member and several students will likely have to quarantine.
We currently have three positive cases (all students) and they all are in isolation off-campus.
As of today, we have one person in mandatory quarantine in the residence halls and eight off campus.
SUNY COVID tracker
For our latest data, please follow the SUNY Dashboard.
Community COVID news and updates
Cortland County has been identified as a micro-cluster but has not yet been labeled a color zone with any additional restrictions.
Today, the Governor also announced the NYDOH has partnered with Cortland County and SUNY Cortland to open new rapid testing sites, starting Friday, Oct. 23 in Cortland County for free community testing.
Testing is open to the public and will be available noon - 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25. Sign up through the New York State Department of Health.
Tompkins County is seeing an uptick from community spread and is monitoring closely.
SUNY required sanctions for violation of COVID policies
As of Oct. 1, SUNY has established required sanctions for students who do not follow the campus COVID policies as outlined.
The policy sets required minimum sanctions for the behaviors listed below. Minimum sanctions include a removal from campus housing, exclusion from campus while allowing participation in virtual classes only, as well as suspension and expulsion from the college. View the full SUNY policy.
Intentional violations of COVID-positive students
For students who know that they have tested positive for COVID-19 or know they have had close contact to someone who has tested positive or been treated or is symptomatic for COVID-19, and then intentionally expose other students. Students in this category will be suspended or expelled and cannot gain admission to other SUNY campuses during the time of their sanction.
Failure to self-isolate
For students who fail to self-isolate (because they are COVID-19 positive) as directed by the College or the state or local department of health. Students in this category will be suspended or expelled and cannot gain admission to other SUNY campuses during the time of their sanction.
Failure to quarantine
For students who have been directed by the College or the state or local department of health to complete a quarantine period, on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such quarantine order.
Prohibited on-campus or off-campus gathering (hosts)
For students who host an on-campus gathering of more than five individuals in an apartment or individuals who do not live in the building’ have off-campus guests or off-campus gathering that exceeds the current limitation published by executive order, or the state or local department of health.
Prohibited on-campus or off-campus gathering (attendees)
For students who attend an on-campus gathering of more than five individuals in an apartment or attend an off-campus gathering that exceeds the current limitation published by the SUNY campus, executive order, or the state or local department of health.
Violations of face mask and social distancing requirements
For students found to have committed repeated and/or intentional violations of face mask/covering or social distancing requirements of the campus, executive order, or the state or local department of health.
For students who repeatedly fail to comply, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Failure to comply with campus health protocols
For students who fail to submit their daily health screening via the campus’s portal for at least three consecutive days, the College will enforce an interim suspension until student complies.
Quaranteam for quarantined student support
If a student is required to quarantine on campus, the College is ready to provide support. The Quaranteam will assist in anything needed to get through the quarantine.
Reopening our Campus Community
Tompkins Cortland Community College will be open this fall with on-campus housing and in-person, fully online, and hybrid (online and in-person) classes. This page will be continuously updated with relevant dates and information.
A Shared Responsibility
Tompkins Cortland Community College is committed to providing an excellent education for every student in an environment that maintains the health, safety and well-being of our entire campus community. The many challenges posed by COVID-19 require a commitment to shared responsibility: We are all accountable to one another and must engage in behaviors that ensure the health and wellbeing of the entire community.
It is critically important that students and visitors familiarize themselves with all COVID-19-related requirements and procedures on campus – particularly those related to health and safety – and adhere to these protocols, so that we can remain safe and on campus.
These guidelines are continually being reviewed, updated and are subject to change, so please continue to check this page for updates
Employees who fail to follow these rules also will be held accountable.
The College has created a COVID-19 Complaint Form that allows any community member to submit a formal complaint against someone on campus who is not following the Campus Policies and Procedures for Fall 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This form is not intended for use in emergency situations. In an emergency, immediately call the Campus Police by dialing 911.
Reports will be routed to the one of three offices:
• Complaints against students will be sent to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
• Complaints against faculty and staff will be sent to the supervisory Executive Council Member.
• Complaints against visitors will be sent to Campus Police.
Masks and Social Distancing
All students, staff, and visitors will be expected to wear masks in common areas of the campus, including classrooms. Masks will be provided for students and will be required in all buildings and classrooms, except for personal living quarters. The Health Center will keep extra disposable masks on campus for anyone who forgets one.
College closed to the public
The College is closed to the general public – student and staff are allowed – with the exception of visitors who are conducting official business with the College or who have an appointment in Enrollment Services.
In the main building, the main lobby will be open, as well as the yellow side door. One door of the student center and one door of the athletic facility will also be open. Signage will be posted directing traffic to these doors.
COVID testing for students and staff
All resident students were tested for COVID-19 through our partnership with Cayuga Health System before moving into their room.
Commuter students are not required to be tested.
Staff members are not required to be tested, but are strongly encouraged if they plan to work on campus regularly.
Mandatory daily health screening before entering buildings
Students coming to campus must complete an online self-check form before coming to campus and email the form to a designated address for verification. Any student who fails the self-check will be directed to a telemedicine appointment through Cayuga Health System and should NOT report to campus.
Staff coming to campus will be required to complete an online self-check form to be verified by their supervisor before coming to campus. Any faculty or staff member who fails the self-check will be directed to a telemedicine appointment through Cayuga Health System and should NOT report to work.
New York State travel advisory information on restricted states
Individuals are subject to the travel advisory if they have visited states identified as having a seven-day rolling average of more than 10% of all COVID-19 tests producing a positive result, or the number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents. This list will be continually evaluated based on cases in each state over time.
Please refer to the state's restrictions website for updates regarding impacted states.
Students traveling from any restricted states are mandated by New York State to self-quarantine for 14 days.
What does quarantine mean?
The requirements to safely quarantine include:
- The individual must not be in public or otherwise leave their rooms
- The individual must be situated in separate quarters with a separate bathroom facility for each individual or family group. Access to a sink with soap, water, and paper towels is necessary.
- Cleaning supplies (e.g. household cleaning wipes, bleach) must be available in any shared bathroom.
- Food and/or groceries must be delivered. Anyone in quarantine should not go out in public for food or supplies.
- For students in the Residence Halls, anyone traveling from an affected state will be required to self-quarantine in their assigned suite. Roommates will not be allowed to move in until the quarantine period has ended.
Anyone traveling to New York from a restricted state must complete this form.
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 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.
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.
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.
Course Types for Flexibility
The College is offering six course types beginning Aug. 31. Registering students will see the course type in myINFO under the “Registration Info” column.
For more detailed descriptions of each Course Type visit Course Search.
COURSE TYPE 1 | ON-CAMPUS MEETINGS
Class instruction is 100% on campus classes/labs.
COURSE TYPE 2 | ON-CAMPUS AND LIVE ONLINE MEETINGS BLEND
Class instruction is a blend of on-campus classes/labs and live online class meetings/labs. In person may be optional for some courses.
COURSE TYPE 3 | ON-CAMPUS AND ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS BLEND
Class instruction is a blend of on-campus classes/labs and online asynchronous (instruction not occurring at a specified meeting time). In person may be optional for some courses.
COURSE TYPE 4 | LIVE ONLINE MEETINGS
Class instruction is 100% live online classes/labs.
COURSE TYPE 5 | LIVE ONLINE AND ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS BLEND
Class instruction is a blend of live online class/labs and online asynchronous (instruction not occurring at a specified meeting time).
COURSE TYPE 6 | ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS
Class instruction is 100% online asynchronous (instruction not occurring at a specified meeting time).
The admissions office continues to operate virtual assistance through the Admissions page. The office will open with limited staffing in August and will see students by appointment only.
For information on registering for classes, contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 607.844.6580.
The TC3 Card Office is following all campus safety guidelines regarding the reopening of campus.
NO PHOTOS will be taken for ID Cards in the Card Office.
To obtain your new TC3 Card:
- for a new card, submit your picture via email from your TC3 email account
- email the card office
- include your name and TC3 ID number
- plain light color background
- must be in color
- recent (no older than 6 months)
- JPEG (JPG) file format, less than 1 MB in size.
- portrait style, eyes to camera, head-centered with extra space on all sides
- NO other people, hats, profile shots, sunglasses, gestures, or face coverings allowed
- only photos emailed from a TC3 account will be accepted
- photos that do not meet these requirements will not be processed
- If your photo was not accepted, you will be notified via email
Be sure you like your photo. There is a $10 fee for a replacement Student ID/Dining Card.
Receiving your TC3 Card
Commuter students may pick up their card in the TC3 Card Office beginning the first day of classes.
Resident students’ cards will be available during move in. Please submit your photo at least one week before your scheduled move in to allow card processing.
Arrival to Dryden
Students arriving to live in the College’s residence halls will be tested through a partnership with Cayuga Health System.
Testing for residence students
Students living in residence halls will be tested upon arrival and during the semester at dates yet to be determined. Like all students, they will also be required to complete a daily symptoms check and adhere to regulations.
To reduce the density of students living on campus, the number of students in each housing suite in the residence halls will be lowered from a capacity of four to two in each suite.
All buffets and "serve-yourself" stations will be eliminated. Hot and cold food will be available in pre-packaged "grab-n-go" formats. There may also be select buffets that are served by AFV behind glass while students remain 6 feet away with masks.
The bookstore will operate following social distancing and mask guidelines as set forth by the College. Only a limited number of people will be allowed into the store at one time. For your convenience, you may place your order for textbooks and supplies online and have them shipped to your home.
Students will not be allowed into the textbook area and store staff will get textbooks for you. This may cause a longer wait time than usual. Students are strongly encouraged to place online orders.
You can obtain a list of needed materials online with your student ID number. Book deferrals were available August 21. In-store pick-up is also available for online orders.
Orders may be placed on the Bookstore's site.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Student support services
The College’s various student support services will be provided face-to-face when possible within the COVID-19 limitations. Services will also continue to be provided remotely. Students should contact the individual office to make appointments.
Access and Equity Services
Students with disabilities in need of Access and Equity Services should email email@example.com or call 607.844.8222, Ext. 4415 if they need to provide documentation of a disability, modify an access plan, or have other questions. Remote appointments will be the standard. In-person appointments will be scheduled when appropriate.
Tutoring Services will be available online on a drop-in basis and in person by appointment, as well. In-person tutoring will take place in the Baker Commons. To make an appointment, students will email Scott Bennett or call 607.844.8222, Ext. 4416.
International Students/Study Abroad
Services for international students or students interested in studying abroad are available remotely or on campus by appointment. Students can email the Global Initiatives office or call 607.844.8211, Ext. 4522 with questions or to set up an appointment.
Helping Hands Student Fund
The Helping Hands Fund offers help to students navigating changes due to the pandemic by providing financial support for technology needed for online learning, such as computer tablets, internet connectivity, and specialty software needs – in addition to its traditional assistance with emergency expenses such as unanticipated medical and transportation needs. SUNY has also offered to match donations up to $50,000 - donate here.
Current Tompkins Cortland students in need of financial help can apply for assistance by emailing the Vice President of Student Services.
The Arthur Kuckes Childcare Center is open at reduced capacity. All guidelines from Reopening New York and the Department of Health will be followed. Contact the center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4477 for questions about availability.
The College has postponed most fall athletics competitions to the spring. Coaches and staff will work with student-athletes during the fall semester in preparation for competition in the spring.
Compliance with College regulations
Students who fail to follow our COVID-19 guidelines will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards as a failure to comply with the reasonable requests of any College employee violation.
Any staff member who would like these signs for their campus area(s) can either print from these PDF files or email communications to request additional signs through the print center.
For local updates and guidance, visit the Tompkins County Health Department
For additional information about testing and support, visit the Human Services Coalition
For federal updates and resources, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention