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    Dear Incoming Students & Families:

    The plan that will guide our return—CIA SAFE (Shared Accountability For Everyone)—has been developed over the last several months in collaboration with local authorities and is consistent with the state’s mandates. It outlines the many initiatives we will undertake together in order to ensure the health and safety of our entire campus community. Our California, Texas, and Singapore campuses have already re-opened under these guidelines. Our New York campus will build on our recent experiences.

    The Start of the Fall Semester

    • The Fall Semester will begin for all students September 8. New York campus students will move back on campus Friday, September 4. California campus students will move back on campus Monday, September 7.
    • The Fall Semester will conclude as planned December 18. Students will be strongly encouraged to stay local to campus through the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will continue the tradition of having a special CIA Thanksgiving dinner.

    Health and Safety Precautions

    • Upon our return, we will continue to carefully manage campus density—focusing on the number of people (students, faculty, and staff) that are allowed access to campus as we reopen. Guests will not be allowed on campus until September at the earliest and will increase very gradually over the semester, although this timing will be reevaluated as we approach the fall semester. We will be reducing on-site staffing levels and using Microsoft Teams for much of our student/staff/faculty interactions.
    • Social distancing measures—including limiting capacity in certain areas, markings at six-foot intervals where lines could form, and other protocols specifically designed for open areas like lecture halls and dining rooms—will be put into place across campus.
    • To reduce density in classrooms and academic buildings, all incoming students will have a mix of online and in-person classes. The laboratory courses will continue to be conducted in-person for an optimal education experience.
    • Students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear face masks in all classrooms/labs and common areas, and will partake in mandatory daily temperature checks. We will emphasize the important practice of frequent and effective handwashing and the proper use of gloves will continue to be emphasized in all kitchens and foodservice locations and be made available for optional use on request. The availability of hand sanitizing locations and disinfectant stations will be increased significantly.
    • Testing and quarantine protocols will be put in place in collaboration with the appropriate Department of Health for each campus.

    Because safeguarding our community’s health is our paramount concern, students will be required to complete a pre-screening questionnaire and sign the CIA SAFE Pledge, which both will be distributed within two weeks of the semester start and expected to be submitted prior to returning.

    It’s going to be a great semester. We will continue to be in touch with updates over the coming weeks. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you on campus!

    Stay Well,

    Rachel Birchwood
    Associate Vice President—Enrollment Management