Fall 2020 reopening plans

Students walking on Dryden Campus

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. We are eager to have our students return, but also need to ensure that we all work together to follow safety regulations and keep our campus healthy. 

We know it will be a challenging year, but we also know we grow stronger together. 

Masks and social distancing
All students, staff, and visitors and staff 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

Updates

This page will be continuously updated with relevant dates and information.

General Information
Academics
Student Life/Housing/Support Services
Admissions
Athletics

General Information/Facilities

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.

Limited entrances

In the main building, one door of 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.

Before entering any campus building

Students
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
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.

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.

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.

Academics

Fall 2020 classes begin Monday, August 31.

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).

Admissions

Virtual help

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 admissions@tompkinscortland.edu or by calling 607.844.6580.

Student Life/Housing/Support services

Housing

Arrival to Dryden
Students arriving to live in the College’s residence halls will be tested through a partnership with Cayuga Medical Center. Any student testing positive on arrival day will be sent home.

Students will receive their arrival date and arrival information in early August.

Testing for residence students
Students living in residence halls will be tested upon arrival and during the semester and dates yet to be determined. Like all students, they will also be required to complete a daily symptoms check and adhere to regulations.

Housing density
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.

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.

Academic Records
Academic Records can best be reached at acadrec@tompkinscortland.edu or by phone at 607.844.6500 (fax: 607.844.6550). Student appointments can also be made if needed.

Access and Equity Services
Students with disabilities in need of Access and Equity Services should email bcl@tompkinscortland.edu 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
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 contact Scott Bennett at smb066@tompkinscortland.edu or 607.844.8222, Ext. 4416.

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 at VPSS@tompkinscortland.edu.

Child care

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 cg069@tompkinscortland.edu or by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4477 for questions about availability. 

Athletics

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.