Arrival testing and quarantine requirements

Jan. 11, 2021

Dear Faculty,

Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed a restful break and have been able to recharge after a very demanding fall semester.

Although the spring semester does not start until Monday, February 8, some students are returning early to participate in academic activities on campus (e.g., research labs, project teams, graduate assistantships). For those of you advising pre-semester academic work, please keep in mind that students who have been outside of the Ithaca area, and therefore did not participate in our surveillance testing program over the break, are required to quarantine or remain off campus for a minimum or five days upon arrival in the Ithaca area and clear two COVID-19 tests prior to accessing campus. According to New York state guidelines, students travelling from noncontiguous states who are unable to obtain a test within three days prior to arriving in New York state are required to complete a 10-day quarantine. More details about arrival requirements for students can be found on the university’s COVID-19 website.

Also, if you are planning to teach on campus and are not yet enrolled in surveillance testing at the appropriate interval, please use the “Request to change your testing frequency” button on Daily Check and complete at least one supplemental test before you plan to return to campus.

We share these details with you so that you are prepared to adjust the in-person start dates for students’ on-campus activities accordingly.

Thank you,

Lisa Nishii
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Kathryn Boor
Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education