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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Elmira College officials continue to follow the COVID-19 situation closely and are working hand-in-hand with our state and local Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control to make sure that we have the necessary information and resources.

March 22, 2020 Update from President Charles Lindsay

March 19, 2020 Update from President Charles Lindsay

March 13, 2020 Update from President Charles Lindsay

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or up to 14 days after exposure.

For the latest, most up-to-date information about the virus, please call or visit:

Centers for Disease Control1 (800) 232-4636
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

New York State Department of Health1 (888) 364-3065
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Chemung County Health Department(607) 737-2028
http://www.chemungcountyhealth.org/usr/Fact_Sheets/cv_fs_2.pdf
How to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough/sneeze
  • Stay home/ in your room if you are feeling ill
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Disinfect common areas that are touched frequently (door knobs, keyboard, phone)
Students: If you are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness, you should limit contact with others. You should immediately make an appointment with the Clarke Health Center office by calling (607) 735-1750 or emailing Director of Health Services, Wendy Fiscus, at wfiscus@elmira.edu.

Employees: Any employee who is experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness should refrain from coming to work until the symptoms have resolved. Employees who miss time at work should consult their immediate supervisor regarding the use of benefit time. Supervisors are asked to send employees home if they are exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory illness. Employees experiencing symptoms are encouraged to contact their primary care provider or seek emergency treatment.
All Term III travel for 2020 has been cancelled. Students were notified via email. If you have any questions related to a scheduled Term III trip, please contact the appropriate faculty member for that trip:

The Centers for Disease Control is monitoring this situation globally and issuing travel advisories based on their latest data.

College officials will continue to review and follow recommendations related to travel issued by local and state authorities and the Centers for Disease Control.

COVID-19 INFORMATION SESSION: 03-12-2020

COVID-19 Information Session 03-12-2020 Transcript


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will the Coronavirus Affect My Application?
Our Admissions and Financial Aid staff are actively reviewing and processing applications and financial aid information for Fall 2020 enrollment. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Admissions or Financial Aid staff. Staff is available to answer questions via email, phone and video conferencing.

Can I Visit Campus?
The College has suspended campus tours and overnight visits until further notice. We encourage you to explore the website to learn more about EC and to reach out to an Admissions Counselor for additional information.

What About the April 4 Accepted Student Day?
The April 4 Accepted Student event has been postponed; registered students and families will be contacted with additional information, including a Virtual Accepted Student event. Be sure to visit our Accepted Student page for a list of "Next Steps."

I'm Already Enrolled, What Should I Do?
Congratulations! You can access our Enrolled Students page to complete your housing and health forms and to learn more about life at EC. At this time, we are still planning to offer two Summer Orientation Programs on July 13-14 and July 17-18. If anything changes, we will let you know!

How Will Online Classes Work Beginning March 16?
Students should check their email for specific information from their professors. The IT Help Desk remains accessible via helpdesk@elmira.edu or (607) 735-1915. Additional IT resources are listed on this page under "Academic & Business Continuity Plan".

How Does This Affect the Term?
Classes for Term II will still conclude on April 4. Final exam week will remain April 6-10. Details for Term III will follow at a later date.

Do I have to Move Out of My Residence Hall?

The College will close the residence halls for the remainder of Term II on Sunday, March 22. Students who meet specific criteria will be permitted to stay in the residence halls. For those students, limited dining options will be available. The Office of Residence Life will be communicating directly with all remaining students.

Once students leave their residence hall, they will not be permitted to re-enter the building or their room, for safety and security reasons, until such a time that the campus is reopened.

Access to the Gannett-Tripp Library will be limited. Please be sure to check the library’s website and Facebook page for updated information. Library staff is still available to assist via phone: (607) 735-1862; email researchhelp@elmira.edu; or text: (607) 953-6060. Only the computers and printers on the first floor will be available in order to help our Buildings & Grounds staff ensure adequate cleaning.

The Clarke Health Center will remain open, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any student may contact the Clarke Health Center with health-related questions, or if prescription refills are needed, while away from campus. Call (607) 735-1750, or email Director of Health Services, Wendy Fiscus, at wfiscus@elmira.edu.

What Should Commuter Students Do?
Commuter students will continue their studies online. If you need to access the Gannett-Tripp Library, we strongly encourage you to call before traveling to campus to ensure access. The Clarke Health Center will remain open, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Scaled-down food operations will be available only to those individuals who must remain on campus.

During This Period, What Additional Cleaning Measures is the College Taking?
In addition to regular cleaning procedures, an "above and beyond" approach to disinfecting various touchpoints is being conducted. These touchpoints include light switches; door knobs and handles; push plates on doors; classroom desktops; countertops; and water fountain buttons. In addition, an increased focus on high-traffic areas, including restrooms and locker room facilities, is also underway.

How are Athletic Events Being Affected?
On March 12, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. Elmira's primary conference, the Empire 8 Conference, also released a statement regarding the cancellation of E8 regular season and conference tournament competition. To that end, all athletic competitions are cancelled for the remainder of the year, effective March 13, 2020.

Will On-Campus Events Continue for Term II?
All on-campus events are cancelled or postponed to a later date. Please regularly check the elmira.edu website and your email for updates.

Will Staff Continue to Report?

In order to remain in compliance with Governor Cuomo's executive order, the College will move to a work-from-home and essential employees only mode beginning at the close of business on Friday, March 20.

In general, essential employees include those within Campus Safety, Buildings & Grounds, the EC Post Office, the Clarke Health Center, and some within Residence Life. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please contact your direct supervisor.

It is anticipated that some employees may need to return to campus periodically to complete specific tasks. All employees should communicate and coordinate their work situation with their direct supervisor to ensure adequate coverage and continuity of daily operations. Directions for transferring office lines to a cell phone and checking voicemail remotely are available in the Academic & Business Continuity Plan on the website.

This is NOT a "layoff." Employees impacted will have job protection and maintain any of their current benefits. If you are unable to work from home, there are alternative options available to you, such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. In addition, since the College administers its own benefits plan, there is some flexibility for employees. Questions can be answered on a case-by-case basis, by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (607) 735-1812 or (607) 735-1810 or hr@elmira.edu.

Graduate assistants who are currently in campus housing may stay in that housing and, if applicable, work from that "home."

How Does Covid-19 Affect Employee Travel?
All College-related travel is suspended.

If an Employee Does Not Have Sufficient Paid Leave Time and Needs to be Off for an Extended Period Due to Sickness, What Should They Do?
If you are sick, you should stay at home. If you do not have sufficient paid leave time to use, contact the Office of Human Resources, hr@elmira.edu or (607) 735-1810, to see what options are available.

Will Employees in My Department be Notified if a Colleague is in Self-Quarantine Due to COVID-19?
Due to privacy issues, this information will not be shared other than in situations where it is believed other employees may also need to self-quarantine.

If a Child's Daycare or School is Closed, may an Employee Work from Home?
It is a possibility if your job responsibilities are compatible with working from home and your duties are determined to be essential for business continuity reasons. However, depending on the age of your child, you may not be able to effectively work while at home due to caregiving responsibilities. There are other options available to you. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at hr@elmira.edu or (607) 735-1810, to discuss these options.

What Happens if an Employee is Not Permitted to Work from Home or Telecommute and Not Able to Come to Work Based on a Self-Quarantine or Care for a Family Member?
You are eligible for temporary paid leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed on March 18, 2020. You may also qualify for short-term disability or New York State Paid Family Leave. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at hr@elmira.edu or (607) 735-1810.

Possible Pay Interruptions
As a reminder, paper paychecks are not mailed. It is strongly encouraged that all employees utilize the direct deposit payment option to ensure there is no interruption in pay distribution. Direct Deposit Authorization forms are available by emailing hr@elmira.edu or by stopping by the Office of Human Resources in 115 McGraw Hall.

What Resources are Available to Help Me Prepare to Take My Course to an Online Format?
A variety of IT resources are listed on this page under "Academic & Business Continuity Plan", and the Office of Information Technology is available to assist with IT needs. Contact the Office at helpdesk@elmira.edu or (607) 735-1915.

Will My Students Have Library Access?
Access to the Gannett-Tripp Library will be limited. Please be sure to check the library’s website and Facebook page for updated information. Library staff is still available to assist via phone: (607) 735-1862; email researchhelp@elmira.edu; or text: (607) 953-6060. Only the computers and printers on the first floor will be available in order to help Buildings & Grounds staff ensure adequate cleaning.

How Does Covid-19 Affect Faculty Travel?
All College-related travel is suspended.

How Does This Affect My Salary or Benefits?
This is NOT a "layoff." Employees impacted will have job protection and maintain any of their current benefits. If you are unable to work from home, there are alternative options available to you, such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. In addition, since the College administers its own benefits plan, there is some flexibility for employees. Questions can be answered on a case-by-case basis, by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (607) 735-1812 or (607) 735-1810 or hr@elmira.edu.

Additional information and resources for faculty in regards to leave and possible self-quarantine are available by contacting the Provost.

What Happens to Donations I Mailed to the College?
Donations received via mail will continue to be processed. If you plan to make a gift in the coming weeks, we invite you to use our online donations form.

What about Reunion?
At this time, Reunion 2020 is still scheduled for June 25-28, 2020, and online registration is available. Over the coming weeks, College administration will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on the health and safety of our EC community. If there is a change to Reunion 2020, alumni will be notified as soon as the decision is made.