Ithaca College switches to Orange: moderate risk level, finals conclude


ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College campus community received a updated December 15, 2021, that the college had moved to “Orange: Moderate risk”COVID-19 operating status, due to the increase in positive cases among the student body.

The moderate risk management means the academics would continue in person for the remainder of the finals and move online after the conclusion.

All computer labs and program clinics are closed; sports activities will be suspended, fitness and wellness clinics closed; no undergraduate research will be permitted and faculty and staff may continue; students must remain in their residences and apartments, except when leaving for meals or solitary exercise in the open air; social gatherings are not permitted and guests and visitors traveling to Tompkins County are not permitted in the buildings but may enter the campus to pick up students for winter vacation. Travel outside of Tompkins County is permitted and pre-departure testing is available at Emerson Hall. The library, fitness center and wellness center are closed until further notice.

This move to orange means that unstructured off-campus gatherings are strongly discouraged. The college attributes the rise in cases to social gatherings that took place on the weekend of December 10-12, particularly the off-campus Santacon event. The college encourages everyone who has participated to get tested as soon as possible.

Final exams ended at 10 p.m. on December 10, and the college encourages all students to return to their permanent addresses for winter break as soon as possible, as well as to observe a voluntary quarantine upon arrival home. , testing as needed to confirm a negative status. .

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be contacted at [email protected] … More by Zoë Freer-Hessler


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