Fall 2020 reopening plans

Students walking on Dryden Campus

Update | Sept. 11, 2020

College resumes Fall Operating Plan on Saturday, Sept. 12

The College will resume its original Fall 2020 Operating Plan, including face-to-face instruction, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The temporary switch to remote instruction successfully gave the College time to identify students associated with a COVID cluster in our community, and it stopped at least one student who later tested positive from attending classes on campus. College health protocols have worked to help thwart the spread of COVID-19, and the College will continue to act swiftly and decisively to help keep our community safe.

The College will be offering additional testing opportunities on campus, including one on Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. More information about who should be tested and how to register will be sent separately from this email.

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.

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.

The Guidelines

SUNY Approved Reopening Plan | as of 9/15
Campus Policies and Procedures for Fall 2020 | as of 8/13


General Information
Student Life/Housing/Support Services/Quaranteam
Campus Signage

COVID-19 Resources

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.

COVID testing for students and staff

Resident students
All resident students must be tested for COVID-19 through our partnership with Cayuga Health System before moving into their room. Register for your COVID test time BEFORE ARRIVING to campus.

Resident students’ TC3 Cards will be available during move in. Please submit your photo at least one week before your scheduled move in to allow card processing. Check the Orientation Schedule for more details on your photo requirements.

Commuter students
Commuter students are not required to be tested. If they choose to be tested, they should register for an available time on August 18. If the student cannot make the 18th, they can register for either August 23 or 29 but should do so only if it is truly impossible to make the 18th. Those days are reserved for incoming residence life students. 

Staff members are not required to be tested, but are strongly encouraged if they plan to work on campus regularly. Staff members should also register for August 18. 

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.

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.


COVID 19 Stay Safe Mask

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.


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.

Class instruction is 100% on campus classes/labs.

Class instruction is a blend of on-campus classes/labs and live online class meetings/labs. In person may be optional for some courses.

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.

Class instruction is 100% live online classes/labs.  

Class instruction is a blend of live online class/labs and online asynchronous (instruction not occurring at a specified meeting time).

Class instruction is 100% online asynchronous (instruction not occurring at a specified meeting time).


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.

TC3 Card

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

Photo requirements:

  • 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.


COVID 19 Social Distancing Poster

Student Life/Housing/Support Services


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.

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.


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 will be available August 21. In-store pick-up is also available for online orders.

Orders may be placed on the Bookstore's site.

The bookstore will be open for reduced in-store traffic beginning Monday, August 17, 2020.

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.

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 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.

COVID 19 Visitor Information Sign

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. 


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.

Campus Signage

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. 

COVID-19 Resources

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