UPDATE 8:29 P.M. — Ithaca College will move classes online and extend spring break by a week, President Shirley Collado said in a letter to the campus community late Wednesday.

“At Ithaca College, we have intentionally made the decision to take a phased approach in our response to a public health issue that is changing by the day. This means that we are moving incrementally and thoughtfully through our response as we make major decisions that impact this campus and our community,” said President Shirley Collado. “A phased approach gives us an opportunity to remain nimble and ready to adjust our practices to respond safely and appropriately to shifting realities around this virus.”

Ithaca College students are on spring break this week, with classes set to resume on Monday, March 16. The college presumably will need the extra week of spring break to coordinate with faculty and staff to begin online instruction. Classes will resume on March 23, in an online-only capacity, until April 6th, with the school reassessing the situation as it changes.

“Ideally, students will be able to come back to campus on Sunday, April 5, with in-person, on-campus classes restarting Monday, April 6,” said Collado. “However, depending on how the situation evolves, we may need to extend the period of remote instruction through the end of the semester.”

The semester will be extended, with classes not slated to end until May 11.

Earlier—

ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca College has announced revised travel and group event policies in light of the evolving COVID-19 outbreak.

In a joint letter Tuesday, Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life Rosanna Ferro and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs La Jerne Terry Cornish, outline new policies to help mitigate the risks of an outbreak in the campus community.

Ithaca College students are currently on spring break. Classes are set to restart on Monday, March 16.

“As the situation surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact continues to evolve, Ithaca College is instituting new restrictions on campus events and on employee travel,” reads the letter. “These policies are being implemented in the interests of the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.”

According to the letter, the school will give an update no later than Thursday morning.

As of Wednesday, the current plan is for campus to remain open. However, through the end of the month, the college is postponing or canceling non-essential events or work-related gatherings of more than 100 people scheduled to take place on campus. The school says they will continue to evaluate events scheduled for after that date, and provide an update by March 27.

These events include:

Prospective student visits for the month of March have also been canceled.

Sporting events scheduled within that timeframe have not been canceled at this time, but the school is “in consultation with conference and national athletics governing organizations.”

The letter also announced new travel protocols for students and faculty.

Travel is prohibited to countries with a CDC Warning Level 3 — as of Wednesday, these countries are Italy, Iran, South Korea, and China.

“All Ithaca College students, faculty, and staff who return to the United States after having traveled through or from countries with a CDC Warning Level 3 will be required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days after last being in the Level 3 country before they will be allowed to return to the Ithaca campus.”