COVID-19 Plan to Resume On-Campus Operations

Students, faculty, and staff will begin to return to campus in a phased approach dictated by our guiding principles and the current status of the COVID-19 virus in Iowa and Linn County. The current phase enacted on campus is indicated in green with bold type.

It is possible that the college will advance or step back through the phases in response to actual conditions at any time.

PHASE 0 – Offices closed, non-essential staff work from home, and all classes and meetings take place virtually. Students are not in residence. Campus visits are not available.
Anticipated date(s): March 9- June 15, 2020


PHASE 1 – Some offices are open with safety measures in place and staggered schedules. Some employees are working from home, meetings take place virtually. Students are not in residence. Individual campus tours available for families of 4 or less.
Anticipated date(s): June 15, 2020


PHASE 2 – All offices are opened with safety measures in place. Meetings take place virtually. Select students are in residence with safety measures in place. Limited dining service is available with modifications if warranted. Visitors are welcome to make modified campus visits with Admission representatives.
Anticipated date(s): July 27, 2020


PHASE 3 – All offices are opened with safety measures in place. Most meetings take place virtually, limited size gatherings are possible. Students return to campus in phased groups with safety measures in place. Dining service is available with modifications. Visitors are welcome to make modified campus visits with Admission representatives.
Anticipated date(s): August 10, 2020


PHASE 4 – All offices are open and employees are on site. All students are on campus. Dining services resume normal operations. No limit is placed on social gatherings or visitors to campus. Physical distancing requirements are relaxed.
Anticipated date(s): To be determined

Guiding Principles

  1. We value the Cornell College community and the life, safety, and dignity of each member of our
    community.

  2. Our goal remains to facilitate learning in an immersive environment, with a preference for in
    person classes and interactions, to prepare students for life beyond Cornell College. We model that by being adaptable, thoughtful, and inclusive in our practices.

  3. We recognize that people in our community have a diversity of needs, perspectives, and beliefs. We strive to work with individual needs, when feasible. 
  4. We also understand that we have an impact on the wider Mount Vernon-Lisbon, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City community, and we take that impact into consideration in our decision-making. 
  5. We will base decisions on our best understanding of the available scientific and medical data and public health recommendations, keeping in mind that this is a situation in which everyone is still learning, and that our decisions may change as new data becomes available. 
  6. Like the block plan, our solutions may be distinctive, creative, and informed by the unique needs of Cornell College. 

Safety measures

  • Face coverings and social distancing are practiced across campus. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the main entrance of every building. 
  • Testing and contact tracing is available.
  • Structural mitigation is in place. (e.g. plexiglass shields,  6ft. distancing in classrooms, one-way staircases, etc.)
  • All students and employees coming to campus must complete the Symptom Checker before leaving home each day.
  • Dining modifications are in place. 
  • Monitoring of internal and external conditions will be done daily to determine if the campus can advance to the next phase safely or needs to go back to a previous phase to safeguard the health of the campus.  
  • Group sizes are limited. 
  • Self-isolation and quarantine spaces are available.