Coronavirus Information for Campus Community
College Operating status
The College has transitioned to distance learning, and the main campus remains closed to visitors indefinitely. Some support services are available to students at the main campus and extension centers.
We are opening space on our Main Dryden Campus and extension centers for students in need of reliable computer and Internet access. We are asking that students SIGN UP to use the spaces to help us maintain proper density and distancing.
Students who are ill or have been asked to quarantine ARE PROHIBITED from using these spaces. If this is the case and you need computer access, please work with your faculty members.
We will continue to update this page as information changes.
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? We sincerely want to celebrate the accomplishments of our students in person, but we will rely on guidance from SUNY, the state, and our county health department throughout the spring.
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.
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.
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 to not return. Students currently on campus will be permitted to remain. This policy includes ALL TRAVEL OFF CAMPUS. Once you leave campus, you are not permitted to return.
Students will be allowed to return for their belongings after spring break, by appointment only. Details on this process will be announced later this week. Please check your e-mail and the TC3 website for details.
If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to VPSS@tompkinscortland.edu.
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 BIZ@tompkinscortland.edu 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
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.