If necessitated by widespread COVID-19 transmission, the following shut down procedures of in-person operations will commence.
Moving to a Virtual Environment
If circumstances require the College to shut down in-person operations, Iona is prepared to seamlessly continue classes, moving all in-person classes to the virtual learning environment. Staff and administrative employees will work with supervisors to coordinate continuing their work from home.
Before starting the fall semester, residential students are required to submit a plan for:
should they need to quarantine or isolate, and
if the campus must shut down in-person instruction due to the spread of COVID-19.
Therefore, upon opening, the College will know how many students must remain on campus should the College need to end in-person instruction. In addition, the College may need to house students in certain majors currently completing an internship or related placement needed for licensure (should that internship remain open for in-person work).
If the College or residence halls must close, residents will be instructed to move out of the halls in an orderly fashion with scheduled move-out blocks over several days, mimicking the move-in process. It is also possible for students to leave the residence halls if desired at any point and return just for their scheduled move-out to collect their belongings.
As with move-in, residents will be limited to no more than two helpers who will also be required to wear face coverings and adhere to any other health and safety related protocols in place at that time.
Students were asked to pack lightly in the event a shutdown is needed to facilitate ease of move-out.
Once students move out, spaces will be cleaned and sanitized, and those students remaining on campus would be moved to the North Avenue residence hall with suites of no more than four people and two shared, assigned bathrooms to limit exposure but allow for appropriate supervision and support.
Should residents remain in the halls until the conclusion of the fall semester on November 23, student move out will occur naturally over several days as classes and exams end. Residential Life will work with students to coordinate these move outs so as to ensure social distancing and will enforce all health and safety protocols currently in place. Students will likely leave their belongings on campus for the spring term unless circumstances related to COVID-19 at the time or the outlook for Spring 2021 require us to have resident students fully vacate at the end of the fall term. As with early closure of the halls, at the end of the fall term, break housing will be limited only to approved exceptions for international students and those students who require an internship for licensure and graduate business students who may still be taking classes. Otherwise, all students will move out by November 24.
If circumstances require the College to shut down in-person operations, faculty, staff, students and parents will be made aware as soon as possible once the decision is made. The community will be notified via email, text messages, social media posts and the website will contain updates and answers to frequently asked questions. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to stay connected with the Iona College Campus Text Notification System. The Campus Notification System will alert you to any critical issues impacting the Iona community.