Coronavirus Information for Campus Community

COVID-19 update

College Operating status

The College has transitioned to distance learning continuing for Summer 2020, 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 planning to celebrate our graduates at a later date, yet to be announced. Visit the College's commencement page for more information. 

We will continue to update this page as information changes. 

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, all residence halls are closed to visitors at this time.


We are now scheduling appointments for students to collect their belongings the week of June 8. Students with belongings in their room received an email from the Office of Residence Life with more information.  
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.  

COVID-19 Health Guidance

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.