Coronavirus Information for Campus Community

COVID-19 update

College Operating Status
Student Resources
Campus Visitor Information
COVID-19 Health Guidance

Other Information

College Operating status

The College has transitioned to distance learning, and the main campus and extension centers are CLOSED indefinitely. 

Commencement 2020: The College has made the deeply difficult decision to not hold our May 2020 commencement ceremony. We are hoping to celebrate our graduates in August. Visit the College's commencement page for more information. 

We will continue to update this page as information changes. 

Student Resources

The College has created a Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide for students. ALL students should read this guide and use it throughout the Spring 2020 semester. 


How will classes move online? We are working with our faculty and campus technology to ensure a smooth transition. We are also working to address concerns with labs and clinicals. Please fill out the Online Learning and Campus Services Survey to help us assess our students’ capabilities and needs regarding technology and availability of other campus services. 

Will this impact my ability to graduate? The College is committed to ensuring that students can successfully complete their coursework. However, it is vital that you continue to maintain communication with your instructors and complete appropriate assignments.  

Will the College hold a commencement ceremony in May? The College is not holding the May commencement ceremony, but is hoping to celebrate our graduates in August, conditions permitting. More information is available on the College's commencement page

I’ve never taken an online class. Will there be help? Yes. Most importantly, communicate clearly and frequently with your individual faculty and advisors. They are your best resource. In addition, there is a Blackboard online orientation through “Web Courses” in myINFO. 

What if I don’t have online access off campus? First, fill out the Online Learning and Campus Services Survey. We are in the process of identifying areas on campus that could be used for small-group access to computers. We are committed to ensuring our students’ continued access to their classes. 

What about off-site nursing clinical experiences? Clinicals will happen for as long as off-site locations allow. 

Financial Aid

Will my financial aid be affected? Your current financial aid status will not be affected by a move to online classes. You will still need to participate in classes and complete work. 

Helping Hands Fund

Helping Hands fund logo

The Helping Hands fund, founded by former College Trustee and local community leader Beverly Baker, has helped countless numbers of students and families, allowing them to continue their education and work toward a better future during tough times. Helping Hands has expanded to include needed technology for online learning, such as computer tablets, internet connectivity, and specialty software needs.

Current Tompkins Cortland students in need of financial help adjusting to the new technological demands of remote learning can apply for assistance by emailing the Vice President of Student Services at

Anyone interested in helping to continue the work started by Beverly Baker can support the Helping Hands fund by donating to the Foundation. SUNY has also committed to matching any gift to fund up to $50,000. 


In response to the rapidly changing nature of COVID-19 in the state of New York, and per directives from Governor Cuomo, effective immediately, any resident student who has left the campus will not be permitted to return to the halls.  

We ask that all students who are currently off campus not return. Students currently on campus will be permitted to remain, and will be allowed to travel to Dryden or Cortland for essential needs.

We greatly appreciate your patience, as we are awaiting approval from local health departments to allow students to return to collect their belongings.  

If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to

Support Services

Will the childcare center remain open? Per Tompkins County, all childcare facilities are closed until further notice.  

Campus Visitor Information


I’m planning to come to campus for an event this spring, is it still happening? Most events on campus have been cancelled. Please contact the event organizer for specific details.  

I'm signed up for a Tompkins Cortland BIZ workshop. Is that still scheduled? Please visit the BIZ for an updated class schedule.  BIZ has reached out to all participants registered for a spring workshop with updates. Please email with questions or to inquire about a workshop. 

Athletics and Recreation

Will spring athletics continue? Following guidelines from the NJCAA, the College has cancelled its intercollegiate athletics spring seasons.

Are the fitness center, pool, or disc golf courses open? No, per state and health department guidelines, the fitness center, pool, and disc golf courses are all closed until further notice.

TCAT Bus Service

TCAT has reduced service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes to Route 43, which services the College:

Outbound from Green St. Station in Ithaca | first trip 6:40 a.m., then 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Inbound from TC3/Dryden | 7:15 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 2:20 p.m., and 6:45 p.m.

COVID-19 Health Guidance

Students off campus | If you live off campus and develop any flu-like symptoms, it is recommended that you practice voluntary home self-quarantine and contact your health provider.

Students on campus | If you live on campus and develop flu-like symptoms (respiratory illness, fever) should also self-quarantine and call the UCM Telemedicine service at 844.484.7362. This is the College’s healthcare provider for students. They will be able to assess and provide direction on next steps. 

Additional information about public health guidelines related to the virus can be found online:
•    SUNY Coronavirus Information and Updates
•    World Health Organization (WHO) information about Coronavirus
•    US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Situation Summary
•    Tompkins County Health Department 
•    Cortland 211 Coronavirus info
•    Tompkins County Human Services Coalition Coronavirus help and info

Other questions

If you have other questions or concerns that were not addressed here, know that we are continuing to develop our plans and response, but also please email your question or concern to the Vice President of Student Services at VPSS@tompkinscortland.