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Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The COVID-19 pandemic is not something any of us would have chosen for your college years. Iona College is taking every precaution to ensure the health, safety and continued academic success of our entire community. We know that new facts will continue to surface, and that vigilance is paramount. We are closely monitoring all information and have prepared a comprehensive operational plan to help guide us through the upcoming academic year.

Return to Campus Plan

This plan was established by the Iona College Task Force, with input from faculty, staff, students and parents. The plan was developed in accordance with New York State public health guidelines and founded in concern for fulfilling the educational mission of Iona College and the academic integrity of Iona’s educational offerings. Policies and procedures are subject to change as the situation evolves.

Opening Status

Iona College undergraduate students and graduate students in Arts & Sciences will begin the fall semester on August 10, 2020, and end the semester on November 23. Students will not return to campus after the Thanksgiving break. This schedule advances the semester by three weeks to minimize student travel and exposure during the fall semester. Graduate students in the LaPenta School of Business will begin the fall trimester on August 31, 2020, and end on November 16.

The traditional fall break has been canceled. Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day will be considered non-holidays and classes will be held on those days.

All fall classes will be held in a mixed-mode method with synchronous learning both in person and online, with the exception of classes already designated as distance learning (DL). This means the instructor will be teaching students who are learning in person and those who are learning remotely at the same scheduled time. For instance, if a student registers for a class that is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m., that class will be in session on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. whether it is being taken in person or online. The class will meet on campus, in a room outfitted with technology that allows students who cannot be present in the classroom to still be able to fully participate in the class online.

By preparing courses to be both online and in person, we can accommodate students and faculty who might need to be away from campus during the semester. Moreover, such flexibility will make us ready to transition to full online delivery if circumstances require.

As a reminder, every member of the Iona community must take the COVID-19 PCR test before returning to campus.

  • All employees must be tested within 14 days before returning to campus.
  • All students must be tested within 14 days before the start of classes whether they are learning in person and/or online. Students who are returning to campus before the start of classes must be tested within 14 days before coming to campus.
  • Please see detailed information about how to get tested and where to submit results in the Testing and Monitoring section

Please carefully review each section of the plan to ensure you are prepared for a successful fall semester.