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SOARING FORWARD AT EC!

The College received approval from the Chemung County Health Department on October 19 to transition students and employees back to campus. However, on Wednesday, October 21, Governor Cuomo identified parts of the City of Elmira, including the Elmira College campus, as being in a micro-cluster Orange Zone. As long as the area remains in an Orange Zone, the College is not permitted to return to in-person classes. Members of the EC community should check their email for additional information.

This page serves as a resource for information and guidelines related to Elmira College and the coronavirus. In addition to the Term I Academic Calendar below, site visitors can also access the College's COVID-19 Dashboard, COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form and 2020-2021 Coronavirus Guidelines utilizing the links in the right hand navigation.

For resources specific to EC employees and students, along with the latest updates and College communications, visit MyEC.

Questions? Email covid19@elmira.edu. This email is managed by members of the Emergency Management Committee.


ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Date(s) Academic Event
Nov 20 Final Day of Classes
Nov 30-Dec 4 Online Final Exams
Dec 5-Jan 18 Student Winter Break
Jan 19 Term II Classes Begin

** Click here for full Acacemic Calendar **


FAQ's

**Please note: All information is per NYS and local health guidelines; information will be updated as needed.

For additional information on the coronavirus and prevention measures, visit our Coronavirus Information page.

What measures will the College use to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

Campus healthcare personnel will closely monitor and assess the potential spread of the virus, as well as existing policies and procedures to mitigate it. The College is working closely with the local health department, and that department will manage contact tracing, if necessary.

How will classrooms be cleaned and disinfected?

Buildings and Grounds will clean high-touch areas daily in addition to the overnight cleaning of office and workspaces based on CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection and Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) protocols. B&G will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances and high-traffic areas.

In addition, it is important for faculty, staff, and students to take responsibility for wiping down surfaces before use with supplies that will be available in academic buildings.

What will initiate a change in operating status?

Changes in operating status will occur if the local Health Department or if the Governor's office issues changes in stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders. The focus remains to keep students on campus and manage the infection rather than returning them to a different community where further infection could take place.

Have your recommendations been vetted by health care experts?

Yes. The safety and health of all students and employees is our primary concern. We are in regular contact with staff at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center and the Chemung Co. Health Department, along with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, to ensure we are meeting all local health guidelines. In addition, the College continues to follow all guidelines from the CDC and state and local health departments.

Will Elmira College provide faculty and staff PPE to keep them safe?

Employees may utilize their own, homemade masks, but masks also will be available to all employees through the Clarke Health Center. The CHC will assure proper levels of personal protective equipment are kept in stock in the event there is a need to care for persons suspected or known to have COVID.

What if I have a disability?

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves guidance from public health authorities and CDC are likely to change. The College will continue to follow the most up to date information on maintaining workplace safety. We will work with students to address all concerns for the most equitable educational experience possible. Any student with questions or who needs additional assistance is encouraged to contact Carolyn Draht, Associate Registrar/Academic Accommodations Coordinator by emailing cdraht@elmira.edu or calling (607) 735-1857. Similarly, our employees expect and deserve the safest work environment. Employees needing additional assistance are encouraged to contact Human Resources at hr@elmira.edu.

How is the College addressing social distancing in the classrooms?

Given our small class sizes, we are able to arrange classrooms in a way that promotes social distancing. Desks will be either removed or marked as unavailable. Specialty areas such as labs, clinics, research spaces, and simulations that have specific limitations will have proper protocols posted outside those designated areas.

What happens if the College has to go fully online again?

As we did in Spring 2020, Elmira College is fully ready to keep providing a quality education no matter what the delivery mode. All faculty are prepared to deliver classes online in the fall or at any other time. Faculty are engaged in intensive discussion and preparation throughout the summer on how to best continue the academic work whether they meet with students in-person or online.

Why not come back after Thanksgiving?

This decision discourages travel back to campus after the break and allows students to remain home until the Winter Term, reducing the chances of carrying the virus back and forth between home and campus.

How will classrooms and administrative offices be cleaned and disinfected?

Buildings and Grounds will clean high-touch areas daily in addition to the overnight cleaning of office, workspaces, and administrative offices based on CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection and Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) protocols. B&G will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances and high-traffic areas.

For public-facing administrative offices, many tasks/requests can still be done online, via email, or via phone calls. However, if students, faculty or staff need to come into the administrative offices, they will follow physical distancing protocols and be equipped with plexiglass shields, where appropriate.

Faculty, staff, and students must also take responsibility for wiping down surfaces before use. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.).

I am an international student and my visa limits the number of online courses I can take. What do I do if am unable to return to campus due to travel restrictions or my courses move fully online because of a resurgence of the virus?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance to colleges and universities that enables international students to temporarily participate in additional distance learning credits beyond what is allowed under visa rules if in-person courses are converted to online courses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What about requirements related to internships, clinicals, student teaching, and other off-campus activities?

Students completing clinicals, student teaching and/or internships should be in regular contact with their instructor. If you cannot participate because of illness, are in quarantine or self-isolation, or if your site is closed, contact your supervisor or instructor and find out how hours can be fulfilled.

What will the year look like for student-athletes?

Elmira College intends to engage student-athletes in athletic-related activity to provide beneficial opportunities for student-athletes and teams. Head Coaches will be in contact with student-athletes to speak about the plan and any updates to come. All activities will be in accordance with Empire 8, NCAA, and local health guidelines.

Will my Room and Board charges be reduced since the Term is condensed?

Although students will be taking finals from home this fall, the actual days in residence (and thus the dining hall) will equal that of a normal Term II, and be billed as usual.

What about EC traditions like Mountain Day, Octagon Fair, and Holiday Banquet?

The College is preparing for a COVID-ready campus experience so the traditional campus experience can be preserved to the greatest extent possible, with safety protocols and guidelines in place that protect students, faculty, and staff. Adaptations to these traditions may need to occur, but that's part of making history. Mountain Day today is not the same as it was in 1919 when it first started, yet it remains one of the most beloved traditions. EC students are resilient and will make their mark on these traditions just as others have before them.

Will rapid testing be available when the Term begins?

It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that students get tested BEFORE returning campus to assure that they are safe to come to campus. That said, there are exceptions to this policy:

  • ALL athletes (even in light of Fall sports being suspended), MUST be tested. Additional information will be provided by Athletics.
  • ALL junior and senior nursing majors MUST be tested. Nursing faculty will provide instructions regarding a time frame for testing.
  • Any student who has a positive screening by answering "yes" to any of the following questions MUST get tested prior to arrival on campus:
    1. In the last two weeks, have you had any symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, fever, nausea, vomiting, sudden loss of taste or smell?
    2. In the last two weeks, have you had any contact with someone known to, or is suspected to have COVID-19?
    3. In the last two weeks, have you travelled outside the United States or to any high risk areas?
    4. Do you have a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit?

Students and employees are required to complete and submit a daily COVID self-screening. Residential students will be screened daily for the first two weeks of classes as they exit the residence hall.

How will the College address students who break physical distancing by gathering off campus?

All students and employees will receive, review, and complete an Elmira College Wellness Pledge, which includes information about the virus, symptoms, best practices recommended by health and/or government authorities, and an acknowledgement that the student/employee has read and understands the working and learning environment expectations in order to protect their own health and the health of other campus community members.

Will the Gannett-Tripp Library be open?

Yes. The GTL will be open with cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place.

What is the plan for fall residence move-in?

The Office of Residence Life will email students with detailed information, including specific dates, for Fall Move-In. Individuals traveling to New York from certain states experiencing high infection rates of COVID-19 are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days. Please be sure to visit the Governor's Travel Advisory web page often for the latest list.

Will sports be played in the fall?

On July 15, the Empire 8 Conference announced that all fall competition is postponed. Decisions surrounding winter sports competition will be made at a later time. Elmira College intends to engage student-athletes in athletic-related activity this fall to provide beneficial opportunities for student-athletes and teams. All activities will be in accordance with Empire 8, NCAA, and local health guidelines.