TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — After the announcements of Ithaca College and Cornell University on Tuesday, Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) announced its opening plan for the Fall 2020 semester on Wednesday. 

Bringing the students back at the originally planned date, August 31, the College will be offering dual instruction for students, and the previously planned Fall semester academic schedule will be followed. The college stated that they will offer some classes that are only in-person, or online, as well as some classes that will combine both options. The options for fully remote online classes and degrees will still be available. The announcement also stated that the college has worked closely with the Tompkins County Health Department and other institutions to come up with their plan. 

“While the College and our surrounding community continue to face challenges from COVID-19, it is critical that we work together to identify ways for our campus to return to the vibrant hub it was before the pandemic,” said President Orinthia Montague. “Our community college will be a key to local economic recovery and is poised to continue to provide educational opportunities to those who may have been displaced or whose academic path has been disrupted.”

The Main Campus of the College in Dryden, and the Extension Centers in Ithaca and Cortland, will be open for in-person programming and support services. Other services will also be made available, such as the food pantry, mental health, and tutoring, with modifications to ensure social distancing. Students will also be able to access some of these services virtually. 

There have been some adjustments made for on-campus housing as well. There will be a decrease in the number of students in housing suites from a capacity of four to two in each unit. 

Staff members who will be able to work from home will continue to do so to reduce the number of people on campus. Masks will be required and provided for each student and students must have them on upon entering the buildings, aside from personal living quarters. The TC3 childcare center is also expected to open on July 6, following guidelines of the State Health Department.  

Inline with Cornell University and Ithaca College, TC3 said that they have entered into a partnership with Cayuga Health System to test all of the students and offer daily symptoms checks.

The website for all updates related to COVID-19 will be maintained and can be found at

The athletics staff has been working on the plans for the Fall sports season, according to the College’s press release. While the staff is preparing for the season, steps are being taken to ensure a safe environment for the athletes. 

The school’s academic calendar for Fall 2020 can be viewed here.