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This page serves as a resource for information and guidelines related to Elmira College and the coronavirus. Site visitors can access the College's most recent Coronavirus Guidelines utilizing the link in the right hand navigation.

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**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.

Will the vaccine be required for students?

As of June 16, 2021, Elmira College strongly recommends students receive the vaccine, but at this point, it is not required.  The College will continue to monitor the FDA status of the vaccines and may update this guidance once a vaccine receives full FDA approval (non-emergency).

Will rapid testing be available when the Term begins?

The College has, on-campus, the test kits needed to complete random sampling, symptomatic, and athletics-related testing. Students/employees will be contacted by the Clarke Health Center when/if they need to be tested. Testing occurs in the CHC and takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Those who may have had the vaccine, must still participate in the random testing if contacted.

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 practicing regular hand hygiene.

What will initiate a change in operating status?

Changes in operating status will occur when and if directed by the local Health Department or the Governor's office.

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

As we did in Spring 2020, Elmira College is fully ready to provide a quality education no matter what the delivery mode. All faculty are prepared to deliver classes online if needed.  

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?

As of June 16, 2021, and per New York State guidelines, all state restrictions on college athletics are rolled back. Elmira College intends to fully engage in intercollegiate athletics in the 2021-2022 year. All activities will be in accordance with Empire 8, NCAA, and local health guidelines.