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Information and Updates for the Iona Community on Coronavirus

COVID-19 Policy

Overview and General Principles

Guided by the Iona College mission and the prioritization of care and concern for the community, all members of the Iona College community are expected to abide by and take part in enforcement of campus COVID-19 related policies and protocols for reopening.

Each student is responsible for adhering to the COVID-19 policy and reopening plans. Failure to do so will be considered to be a violation of the student code of conduct and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or termination of privileges to be permitted in residential sponsored facilities or elsewhere on campus, including academic buildings, participation in activities or suspension of a student organization. Students separated from the College or from College Housing for disciplinary action are not entitled to any refunds or credits.

Minimizing risk of infection, and creating a safe, healthy, and supportive environment, is a shared responsibility for all students and members of the Iona community.

All members of the Iona Community must comply with Iona policies and instructions, including those related to the reopening of campus and creating a safe environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 related information and expectations visit the Return to Campus Plan.

The Reopening 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. All individuals are expected to monitor the Iona College website and Iona College e-mail communications.

This COVID-19 policy and Reopening Plan includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Testing, Screening, Isolation and Reporting
  • Daily Symptom Tracking: Process and Application
    • All members of the Iona community are expected to comply with the submission of daily tracking of symptoms as clearance to be physically present on campus or in College sponsored housing and facilities.
    • College officials, including faculty, will ask for proof of compliance to enter classrooms, throughout campus facilities, and in randomized spot checks on campus.
  • Identification (ID Cards): Student/Staff/Faculty Identification Cards
    • To limit campus access and to identify campus visitors ID lanyards are required for students, faculty and staff. Individuals without visible Iona ID cards are identified as guests and will be approached and questioned. If they do not meet the requirements of being a registered “invited guest” or a valid reason for visiting campus they will be asked to leave. Members of the community who fail to comply will be held accountable according to appropriate processes.
  • Education and Training
    • All members of the Iona community are expected to comply with the completion of COVID-19 related training modules.
  • Physical Distancing
  • Student Life Fall 2020 Return to Campus Survey, inclusive of Safety Plan, Local Addresses, and Emergency Contacts
    • As we plan for our fall term, Iona requires that all students complete the return to campus survey sent to Iona College email addresses; your responses will allow Iona to properly allocate resources, plan, and prepare to safely and responsibly resume life on-campus.
    • The survey is brief and will take about five minutes to complete. Your responses are confidential, and will be shared only with those directly responsible for managing campus resources and clearing students for entry to campus.
  • Preventative Practices and Strategies
    • All members of the Iona community are expected to follow preventative practices and good hygiene.
  • Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Events and Gatherings
    • Members of the Iona Community are expected to practice social distancing when both on and off-campus.
  • Visitors to Campus and Invited Essential Guests
  • Residential Life
    • Commencing in Summer 2020 Residential Life policies have been amended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. These changes include but are not limited to:
      • Residence hall guests will be limited to one resident guest per resident of each room and only in consultation and agreement with roommates/suitemates.
      • No overnight guests or outside guests will be permitted in other residence hall rooms.

Accountability Measures for Social Distancing and COVID-19 Protocols

Monitoring and Enforcement of Social Distance Policies

  • It is the expectation of all members of the Iona community to uphold, as well as enforce, all expectations of behavior on and off-campus. 
  • In an instance where a member of the community is not adhering to COVID-19 related policy individuals are expected to address the issue directly and appropriately in the moment.
  • If a student fails to comply they will be asked to leave the classroom or event space.
  • In instances where a student fails to comply with a college official or leave a location when asked, and/or causes a disturbance, Campus Safety will be notified. An incident report may be taken and the incident will be addressed through the Student Conduct process, if appropriate.

Important Highlights


  • ID cards must be visible at all times on campus. ID cards are needed to enter.
  • Students must properly wear masks at all times when on-campus.
  • Visitors to campus must be registered in accordance with Visitor Registration Policy and timelines (this is not applicable to Residence Halls as there are to be no visitors in the residence halls).

Residential Life Facilities:

  • ID cards must be visible at all times on campus. ID cards are needed to gain entry.
  • Face coverings are to be worn in all spaces with the exception of personal suite.
  • Guest policy: Only Residential students of Iona residence halls are permitted as guests. Guests must check in and leave an ID at front desk. The guest policy may be suspended building or campus wide if deemed necessary.
  • Residence hall guests will be limited to one resident guest per resident of each room and only in consultation and agreement with roommates/suitemates. The number of guests in a suite is not to exceed two total guests per suite at the same time.
  • No overnight guests. No outside guests, which includes family members, commuters or off-campus students.

Off-Campus Expectations of Behavior:

  • Student Code of Conduct applies to all students on and off-campus
  • COVID-19 Policy
    • All non-essential in-person gatherings are discouraged.
      • If gatherings at your non-Iona College residence occur there is a maximum limit of 1 guest per resident at any given time
      • All COVID guidelines must be followed, including social distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding close contact.  
  • Good Neighbor Policy still applies to all off-campus behavior regardless of the number of individuals present.

Iona College COVID policy and guidelines state:

  • Students are required to quarantine or remain in isolation for 14 days from the date of exposure to a positive case. At the beginning of the quarantine period, a specific end date will be provided that must be observed. In the event that local or state health authorities require a shorter time span, the College minimum expectation to follow would be that of the College (14 days).
  • Students under isolation or quarantine must remain in their designated room and are not permitted to leave their room. Staff will assist students to provide meals; students should follow directions to facilitate the daily meal preparation and delivery.
  • Students in quarantine and isolation both on and off-campus must complete a daily Gael Care app check-in.
  • If contacted by a representative from the College for contact tracing purposes students must comply by providing the information requested in a timely fashion. Failure to do so will be deemed a violation of the Code of Conduct.

Sanctions and Repercussions

  • In the instances where students are documented for incidents of Failure to Comply and a violation of College Policies, the following methods may be used to address the behavior:
    • Sanctions for policy violations will be increased, especially for violations that put the campus and community at additional risk.  Such violations may include social “drinking” type games similar to beer pong, failing to abide by social distancing and space occupancy limits, hosting large parties, guest violations, etc.
    • Students who do not comply with the COVID-19 Policy could have immediate interim imposition of sanctions including but not limited to those listed below at the discretion of the College based on the severity of the incident.
    • Actions and sanctions may include:
      • verbal warning
      • written warning
      • conduct hearing waiver letter which may include fine and/or educational sanction
      • parental notification
      • formal student conduct hearing with potential sanctions including but not limited to:
        • disciplinary warning
        • disciplinary probation
        • deferred suspension
        • suspension and/or removal from the residence halls
        • suspension of student organization
        • restrictions on co-curricular involvement
        • loss of eligibility to attend in-person classes, or events

The COVID-19 Policy and the Reopening Campus Plan remains effective as of July 24, 2020 until otherwise noted by the College. The College reserves the right to update and modify these documents to remain consistent with healthcare guidelines to protect the health and safety of the Iona College community as well as to ensure compliance with local, state, and national public health agencies and government officials.

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