Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late last night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

  • Message Regarding New York Campus Reopening Plans

    Latest Updates as of August 5

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    Dear Incoming Students and 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 plan builds on recent experiences and will continue to evolve as conditions and guidance change.

    The CIA’s priority is to do whatever we can to ensure the health and safety of our community when we resume studies on-campus. To help protect our on-campus students and classes, the CIA has decided to pursue a closed campus model. We are limiting campus access, canceling off-campus activities for students, and closing residence halls to visitors. This plan represents a series of smart and significant steps designed to promote the best way forward in a world that has dramatically changed. Elements of this plan include health and safety protocols for the entire community, ensuring a safe reopening, the restart of academic programs, and management residential life, student support services, and campus-wide administrative operations.

    We encourage you to view our complete CIA SAFE (Shared Accountability for Everyone) Reopening plan (PDF). We also have an FAQ page to help with many of your questions and concerns. And check out our Virtual Green and Gold Orientation events, which will help you meet other students and prepare for classes. If you missed our session on the CIA SAFE plan and the New York State travel advisory, you can watch the recording here:


    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,

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    Rachel Birchwood
    Associate Vice President—Enrollment Management

  • Contact Us

    Enrollment Team
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY, 12538-1499