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COVID-19 Updates: The College has shifted exclusively to online classes through the end of the spring semester. Read More

The health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority at The College of Idaho. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and are in continual contact with health officials to ensure the safest, most-secure environment. See below for more specific information about the virus and the steps being taken by the College to protect its community.

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Updates

4/3/2020 - Here's an update on the Virtual Commencement ceremony being planned by the College. It's scheduled for May 23 at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) and will be streamed on YouTube Live. The letter has more details about a second, in-person ceremony in the works for a later date as well.

4/1/2020 - Students in need of tutoring can still get help from their fellow students. Search for tutors by subject or by name to find fellow Yotes who can provide online tutoring. Questions? Contact Courtney Kelly in the Peak Center.

3/30/2020 - Starting on April 6, the days and hours of operation for the College's Mail & Copy Center will change: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Center will be closed on Fridays.

3/30/2020 - The Cruzen-Murray Library building is now closed until further notice in compliance with the Governor's Stay-at-Home directive. The library's online services remain available. Read more here and contact the Library directly with any questions.

3/28/2020 - Please read this statement from Paul Bennion, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the College, confirming a member of the campus community has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The person has not been on campus since March 17.

3/27/2020 - Calling all members of the YoteFam! Be Part of the Coyote A Day experience! Read here to see how you can participate.

See the "Earlier Updates" tab below for more information.

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COVID-19 Resources & Information

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Prevention & Well-Being

For those in additional need of support: COVID-19 Support Hotline for Individuals In Distress (888) 330-3010

In order to make sure we are supporting anyone in our community who might become sick, and to limit exposure to others, we have developed an online form for faculty, staff, and students to self-report if they are 1) experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), 2) experiencing these symptoms and been tested, but waiting results, or 3) been tested, and notified of a positive result. Read more here. (3/19/2020)

The CDC encourages individuals to prepare your households for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in your community.  

For Students

Here's an update on the Virtual Commencement ceremony being planned by the College. It's scheduled for May 23 at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) and will be streamed on YouTube Live. The letter has more details about a second, in-person ceremony in the works for a later date as well. (4/3/2020)

Students in need of tutoring can still get help from their fellow students. Search for tutors by subject or by name to find fellow Yotes who can provide online tutoring. Questions? Contact Courtney Kelly in the Peak Center. (4/1/2020)

The Cruzen-Murray Library building is now closed until further notice in compliance with the Governor's Stay-at-Home directive. The library's online services remain available. Read more here and contact the Library directly with any questions. (3/30/2020)

Calling all members of the YoteFam! Be Part of the Coyote A Day experience! Read here to see how you can participate. (3/27/2020)

A message from Jen Nelson, the Director of Residence Life, about expectations for students remaining on campus in light of Idaho Governor Brad Little's 21-day "Stay at Home" directive. (3/25/2020)

Richard Erne, the Vice President of Finance & Administration, provides an update on operational changes for administrative service centers on campus: Information Technology, the Business Center, and the College Store. (3/25/2020)

Read an update from Paul Bennion, the College's Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, on the possibility of a shelter-in-place order on campus, what it means, and the importance of physical distancing. (3/24/2020)

Due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we feel it is best at this time to close both the JA Albertson Activities Center and Marty Holly Athletic Center weight rooms and workout equipment until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience but want to assure you we are concerned for your health and the health of our campus community. (3/24/2020)

An important update for student workers on campus from Brian Bava, Vice President of Enrollment Management. (3/20/2020)

Beginning with the McCain Cafe over Spring break and continuing with Simplot Cafe for the rest of the Spring Semester, the College will no longer allow dining in the seated areas of these facilities. Students will be served food in to-go containers, and will be asked to leave the premises to eat someplace else where effective social distancing can be practice (for example, a student's dorm room). More important updates to Residence Life and Food Services can be read here. (3/20/2020)

With the uncertainty of what the next two months will bring, we will not be having the traditional Commencement in-person ceremony on May 23. However, in consultation with senior students, administration, and the special events team, we are planning two commencement events. Learn about them here. (3/19/2020)

In order to make sure we are supporting anyone in our community who might become sick, and to limit exposure to others, we have developed an online form for faculty, staff, and students to self-report if they are 1) experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), 2) experiencing these symptoms and been tested, but waiting results, or 3) been tested, and notified of a positive result. Read more here. (3/19/2020)

The Health & Wellness Center is requesting all students to e-mail or call Nurse Dawn if they need to be seen during this time when we are trying to reduce risk and exposure to the coronavirus. Also, students enrolled in the College's student insurance plan can utilize Wellfleet's 24/7 Nurseline from wherever they are residing currently. Click here for more information.

Click here for Residence Hall checkout procedures. (3/14/2020)

The College will shift exclusively to online classes beginning on Monday, March 30, and continue through the end of the spring semester. Read more here. (3/13/2020). Get the Teams Quick Start Guide and its Addendum to be ready for online classes.

In an abundance of caution to limit potential exposure to COVID-19, the College is asking all employees, volunteers, and students to disclose any non-local travel plans scheduled between now and the end of June. The purpose of this inquiry is to enable the College to make decisions regarding the need for additional resources over Spring Break, and to take precautionary measures to prevent potential COVID-19 exposure to our community members as a result of any personal travel. (3/12/2020)

While the College continues to pay careful attention to developments in COVID-19, campus life remains as normal, though campus leaders continue to prepare for changes in the situation. One such change is the possibility of going away from traditional classroom learning temporarily until the situation improves.. David Douglass, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, addresses that in this letter to students. (3/11/2020)

For Parents

Richard Erne, the Vice President of Finance & Administration, provides an update on operational changes for administrative service centers on campus: Information Technology, the Business Center, and the College Store. (3/25/2020)

With the uncertainty of what the next two months will bring, we will not be having the traditional Commencement in-person ceremony on May 23. However, in consultation with senior students, administration, and the special events team, we are planning two commencement events. Learn about them here. (3/19/2020)

The Health & Wellness Center is requesting all students to e-mail or call Nurse Dawn if they need to be seen during this time when we are trying to reduce risk and exposure to the coronavirus. Also, students enrolled in the College's student insurance plan can utilize Wellfleet's 24/7 Nurseline from wherever they are residing currently. Click here for more information.

All classes are CANCELED for Monday (3/16) and Tuesday (3/17) to enable faculty members to shift their curriculum online. Read the latest from co-presidents Doug Brigham and Jim Everett. (3/14/2020)

The College will shift exclusively to online classes beginning on Monday, March 30, and continue through the end of the spring semester. Read more here. (3/13/2020)

A moratorium has been established for all College-sponsored travel to CDC Level 1-3 destinations. Those who choose to sustain travel plans should be aware that cancellation of all College-sponsored travel is possible, and even likely in coming days and weeks, contingent on the spread and risk of COVID-19 exposure. More information is available here. (3/11/2020)

 

For Faculty & Researchers

During this time of uncertainty with COVID-19, our Employee Assistance Program, IHB, remains focused on your well-being and health. In addition to the resources that are available through their member portal, they are providing everyone access to a recorded webinar on Emotional Health & Resilience: Strategies for Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Fear with COVID-19. (4/6/2020)

The Cruzen-Murray Library building is now closed until further notice in compliance with the Governor's Stay-at-Home directive. The library's online services remain available. Read more here and contact the Library directly with any questions. (3/30/2020)

Calling all members of the YoteFam! Be Part of the Coyote A Day experience! Read here to see how you can participate. (3/27/2020)

In keeping with Gov. Little's "Stay at Home" directive, she should only have "essential" personnel on campus plus a limited number of faculty that have been authorized as exceptions (need bandwidth to teach, etc.). If you are on campus and entering any buildings, please make sure the doors fully close as you enter/leave buildings, do not let any non-employees enter, and do not prop any doors open. We had instances both yesterday and today of non-employees following our folks into buildings and also doors being propped open. This cannot happen. Unfortunately, there are people out there seizing on closed buildings as a prime opportunity for theft. (3/26/2020)

Richard Erne, the Vice President of Finance & Administration, provides an update on operational changes for administrative service centers on campus: Information Technology, the Business Center, and the College Store. (3/25/2020)

Due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we feel it is best at this time to close both the JA Albertson Activities Center and Marty Holly Athletic Center weight rooms and workout equipment until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience but want to assure you we are concerned for your health and the health of our campus community. (3/24/2020)

Effective March 24, the College is issuing a Stay-at-Home directive. This means that only personnel directly responsible for the support of facilities and students should come to work on campus. All others should remain home and work remotely if possible. If you are unsure of your capacity to work remotely, please contact your supervisor. Read more here. (3/23/2020)

Beginning with the McCain Cafe over Spring break and continuing with Simplot Cafe for the rest of the Spring Semester, the College will no longer allow dining in the seated areas of these facilities. Students will be served food in to-go containers, and will be asked to leave the premises to eat someplace else where effective social distancing can be practice (for example, a student's dorm room). More important updates to Residence Life and Food Services can be read here. (3/20/2020)

In order to make sure we are supporting anyone in our community who might become sick, and to limit exposure to others, we have developed an online form for faculty, staff, and students to self-report if they are 1) experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), 2) experiencing these symptoms and been tested, but waiting results, or 3) been tested, and notified of a positive result. Read more here. (3/19/2020)

A message from David Douglass about shifting classes online for faculty at the College (3/15/2020)

The College will shift exclusively to online classes beginning on Monday, March 30, and continue through the end of the spring semester. Read more here. (3/13/2020). Get the Teams Quick Start Guide and its Addendum to be ready for online classes.

Our Blue Cross of Idaho medical plans at the College began offering Telemedicine as of 1/1/2020. If you haven't utilized it, it is a great alternative to visiting your doctor, an urgent care clinic, or the emergency room during our current COVID-19 situation. Learn more here. (3/13/2020)

In an abundance of caution to limit potential exposure to COVID-19, the College is asking all employees, volunteers, and students to disclose any non-local travel plans scheduled between now and the end of June. The purpose of this inquiry is to enable the College to make decisions regarding the need for additional resources over Spring Break, and to take precautionary measures to prevent potential COVID-19 exposure to our community members as a result of any personal travel. (3/12/2020)

The spread of COVID-19 may require that the College of Idaho issue an order to cease in-person class meetings on short notice this semester. If this happens, faculty members will be asked to transition to online meetings in order to complete the term. Read more here. (3/11/2020)

Here are some resources for faculty if the College needs to take this dramatic step:

Other Resources:

For Staff

During this time of uncertainty with COVID-19, our Employee Assistance Program, IHB, remains focused on your well-being and health. In addition to the resources that are available through their member portal, they are providing everyone access to a recorded webinar on Emotional Health & Resilience: Strategies for Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Fear with COVID-19. (4/6/2020)

The Cruzen-Murray Library building is now closed until further notice in compliance with the Governor's Stay-at-Home directive. The library's online services remain available. Read more here and contact the Library directly with any questions. (3/30/2020)

Calling all members of the YoteFam! Be Part of the Coyote A Day experience! Read here to see how you can participate. (3/27/2020)

In keeping with Gov. Little's "Stay at Home" directive, she should only have "essential" personnel on campus plus a limited number of faculty that have been authorized as exceptions (need bandwidth to teach, etc.). If you are on campus and entering any buildings, please make sure the doors fully close as you enter/leave buildings, do not let any non-employees enter, and do not prop any doors open. We had instances both yesterday and today of non-employees following our folks into buildings and also doors being propped open. This cannot happen. Unfortunately, there are people out there seizing on closed buildings as a prime opportunity for theft. (3/26/2020)

Richard Erne, the Vice President of Finance & Administration, provides an update on operational changes for administrative service centers on campus: Information Technology, the Business Center, and the College Store. (3/25/2020)

Due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we feel it is best at this time to close both the JA Albertson Activities Center and Marty Holly Athletic Center weight rooms and workout equipment until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience but want to assure you we are concerned for your health and the health of our campus community. (3/24/2020)

Effective March 24, the College is issuing a Stay-at-Home directive. This means that only personnel directly responsible for the support of facilities and students should come to work on campus. All others should remain home and work remotely if possible. If you are unsure of your capacity to work remotely, please contact your supervisor. Read more here. (3/23/2020)

Beginning with the McCain Cafe over Spring break and continuing with Simplot Cafe for the rest of the Spring Semester, the College will no longer allow dining in the seated areas of these facilities. Students will be served food in to-go containers, and will be asked to leave the premises to eat someplace else where effective social distancing can be practice (for example, a student's dorm room). More important updates to Residence Life and Food Services can be read here. (3/20/2020)

In order to make sure we are supporting anyone in our community who might become sick, and to limit exposure to others, we have developed an online form for faculty, staff, and students to self-report if they are 1) experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), 2) experiencing these symptoms and been tested, but waiting results, or 3) been tested, and notified of a positive result. Read more here. (3/19/2020)

The College will shift exclusively to online classes beginning on Monday, March 30, and continue through the end of the spring semester. Read more here. (3/13/2020). Get the Teams Quick Start Guide and its Addendum to be ready to support remote students and for remote work if you need to stay home.

Our Blue Cross of Idaho medical plans at the College began offering Telemedicine as of 1/1/2020. If you haven't utilized it, it is a great alternative to visiting your doctor, an urgent care clinic, or the emergency room during our current COVID-19 situation. Learn more here. (3/13/2020)

In an abundance of caution to limit potential exposure to COVID-19, the College is asking all employees, volunteers, and students to disclose any non-local travel plans scheduled between now and the end of June. The purpose of this inquiry is to enable the College to make decisions regarding the need for additional resources over Spring Break, and to take precautionary measures to prevent potential COVID-19 exposure to our community members as a result of any personal travel. (3/12/2020)

A moratorium has been established for all College-sponsored travel to CDC Level 1-3 destinations. Those who choose to sustain travel plans should be aware that cancellation of all College-sponsored travel is possible, and even likely in coming days and weeks, contingent on the spread and risk of COVID-19 exposure. More information is available here. (3/11/2020)

 

For Travelers

A moratorium has been established for all College-sponsored travel to CDC Level 1-3 destinations. Those who choose to sustain travel plans should be aware that cancellation of all College-sponsored travel is possible, and even likely in coming days and weeks, contingent on the spread and risk of COVID-19 exposure. More information is available here. (3/11/2020)

For Guests & Visitors

UPDATED FROM 3/10: The College is no longer accepting campus visits until further notice. Spring Admitted Student Day will now be done "virtually" instead of in person. Please contact your admission counselor (or the counselor for your designated area) with questions. (3/15/2020)

The College of Idaho continues to accept visits from prospective students and their families, as well as visit groups. Please continue to use the College's visit page to schedule your time on campus. Spring Admitted Student Day and other admission-related events on campus are currently planned to go off as scheduled. (3/10/2020)

Earlier Updates

3/25/2020 - Read the statement from Co-Presidents Doug Brigham and Jim Everett about Governor Brad Little's state-wide "Stay at Home" directive.

3/25/2020 - Richard Erne, the Vice President of Finance & Administration, provides an update on operational changes for administrative service centers on campus: Information Technology, the Business Center, and the College Store. 

3/24/2020 - Read an update from Paul Bennion, the College's Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, on the possibility of a shelter-in-place order on campus, what it means, and the importance of physical distancing.

3/24/2020 - Due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we feel it is best at this time to close both the JA Albertson Activities Center and Marty Holly Athletic Center weight rooms and workout equipment until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience but want to assure you we are concerned for your health and the health of our campus community.

3/23/2020 - Effective March 24, the College is issuing a Stay-at-Home directive. This means that only personnel directly responsible for the support of facilities and students should come to work on campus. All others should remain home and work remotely if possible. If you are unsure of your capacity to work remotely, please contact your supervisor. Read more here.

3/20/2020 - Beginning with the McCain Cafe over Spring Break and continuing with Simplot Cafe for the rest of the Spring Semester, the College will no longer allow dining in the seated areas of these facilities. Students will be served food in to-go containers, and will be asked to leave the premises to eat someplace else where effective social distancing can be practice (for example, a student's dorm room). More important updates to Residence Life and Food Services can be read here.

3/20/2020 - In the interest of community health and welfare in light of the spread of COVID-19, the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is closed to all visitors and volunteers until further notice.   

3/19/2020 - With the uncertainty of what the next two months will bring, we will not be having the traditional Commencement in-person ceremony on May 23. However, in consultation with senior students, administration, and the special events team, we are planning two commencement events. Learn about them here.

3/19/2020 - In order to make sure we are supporting anyone in our community who might become sick, and to limit exposure to others, we have developed an online form for faculty, staff, and students to self-report if they are 1) experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), 2) experiencing these symptoms and been tested, but waiting results, or 3) been tested, and notified of a positive result. Read more here.

3/17/2020 - The Health & Wellness Center is requesting all students to e-mail or call Nurse Dawn if they need to be seen during this time when we are trying to reduce risk and exposure to the coronavirus. Also, students enrolled in the College's student insurance plan can utilize Wellfleet's 24/7 Nurseline from wherever they are residing currently. Click here for more information.

3/15/2020 - The five College of Idaho community members who were formerly under self-quarantine are no longer under such restrictions. After conferring with multiple doctors and Central District Health, it has been determined that their risk is minimal and there is no need to continue the quarantine. Read more here.

3/15/2020 - UPDATED FROM 3/10: The College is no longer accepting campus visits until further notice. Spring Admitted Student Day will now be done "virtually" instead of in person. Please contact your admission counselor (or the counselor for your designated area) with questions.

3/14/2020 - Our technical documents have been centralized to help faculty, students, and staff shift to online courses. For further assistance please visit or contact the IT Department in Covell Hall.

3/14/2020 - All classes are CANCELED for Monday (3/16) and Tuesday (3/17) to enable faculty members to shift their curriculum online. Read the latest from co-presidents Doug Brigham and Jim Everett.

3/13/2020 - Five College of Idaho community members are currently under self-quarantine after having contact with a person visiting our campus who had been in contact with a person who has since tested positive for COVID-19. The person who was on campus is showing no symptoms and the health department has not recommended COVID-19 testing for this person. However, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the campus community, all five community members are currently under quarantine to limit their contact with others. To be clear, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canyon County or at The College of Idaho. Read more here.

3/13/2020 - The College will shift exclusively to online classes beginning on Monday, March 30, and continue through the end of the spring semester. Read more here.

3/12/2020 - All spring athletics have been suspended for at least two weeks by the Cascade Conference.

3/12/2020 - To help with precautionary measures being taken by the College to reduce the possible outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on our campus, the Mail Center is taking some pro-active measures. Instead of students individually signing the IPads, the Mail Center staff will be temporarily signing packages out for students, staff, and faculty through the end of the semester. Along those same lines, we will no longer be checking mailboxes for students, staff, or faculty so please make sure to carry your mail key. If you have lost your key, we will offer you a new key at a reduced cost of $5.00 through the end of the month. At this time, we have no indication from the postal service or any of our package carriers regarding a delay in mail/package deliveries. The Mail & Copy Center will continue to operate normal business hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

3/10/2020 - At the present time, The College of Idaho continues to accept visits from prospective students and their families, as well as visit groups. Please continue to use the College's visit page to schedule your time on campus. Spring Admitted Student Day and other admission-related events on campus are currently planned to go off as scheduled. Should something change to effect that, we will update the website and those impacted with any changes. We also ask at this time that if at the time of your visit you are feeling ill, please contact the Office of Admission to reschedule your visit.