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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

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    Updated May 19

    Across the world, the CIA community, including our students, faculty, and staff, is experiencing something unlike anything we’ve encountered in our lifetime.

    The health, safety, and vibrancy of the community we serve is our number one concern. The CIA is abiding by all local, state, and federal mandates, and taking special precautions to safeguard our community. We have closed our campuses in New York, California, and Texas.

    We are hopeful that the coronavirus curve has flattened and we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. When this crisis is over, the world will need all of us and our industry like never before. We will be called upon to do what we do best: to bring people together; to nurture community; to feed the stomach and the soul; and to improve our health and the health of our planet.

    Information for Students, Families, Guests, Faculty, and Staff

    The following information is a summary of what has been communicated to our community and will be updated as the situation evolves.

    Students, Faculty, and Staff—Please continue to check your CIA e-mail and the portal for the most up-to-date information and FAQs.

    Current Students and Families

    • Our students were busy between April 13 and May 15 successfully completing the lecture and theory portions of their spring semester coursework online.
    • Students in the bachelor’s program began their summer semester online May 18.
    • Under executive order of the Governor of New York, New York State remains on pause through June 13. Because of this, we are unable to return on-campus operations for our associate degree program at the Hyde Park campus at this time. We are continuing to monitor and comply with state mandates regarding our return to campus, and will update students and families as details are available. Students received an e-mail providing further details, and those details may also be found on the student portal.
    • Students at the CIA at Greystone began their summer semester online May 18, and we anticipate they will resume in-person classes June 15.
    • Students at the CIA San Antonio began their summer semester online May 18, and pending any changes as issued by the Governor’s office, will resume in-person classes June 15.
    • Before students return to campus, they will be required to participate in a reopening orientation session, during which new health and safety protocols designed to manage campus density and promote wellness will be required.
    • We encourage parents and families to work with your students to review the information on the student portal and submit any questions directly to the Student Assistant Form on the portal.


    • Accepted students should visit our Accepted Students page for the latest information.
    • Admissions counselors are hosting online and social media-based events to answer questions from future CIA students and their parents. Check out our Virtual Campus Visits and Events page for online tours, info sessions, and more!
    • For prospective students and their parents, we are here to assist you through the application and enrollment process during this challenging time. We want to make sure you have all the information and support you need. You can reach out to admissions@culinary.edu or contact your individual admissions counselor or enrollment manager. While working remotely, the team is still available to answer your questions and/or connect you with other campus resources.


    • Restaurants across all CIA U.S. academic campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX—are currently closed.
    • Restaurants at The CIA at Copia, our public food and wine facility in downtown Napa, CA are closed until shelter in place restrictions are lifted and we can resume operations.
    • Any special dining events occurring during this period have also been canceled.
    • To order a CIA Gift Card for a future dining reservation or as a special gift, please visit www.ciarestaurantgroup.com/cia-gift-cards. Through June 30, 2020, we are offering a 20% bonus gift card with every CIA Gift Card purchase of $100 or more.
    • To book a future reservation at one of our restaurants, please visit www.ciarestaurantgroup.com.

    Food Enthusiast Classes, Public Programs, and Special Events

    • All food enthusiast classes, across all CIA U.S. academic campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX are currently canceled.
    • All public programs and food enthusiast classes at The CIA at Copia in downtown Napa, CA are canceled or postponed until further notice from the governor of California.
    • If you’d previously scheduled a special event at the CIA or The CIA at Copia during this time, your event manager will be contacting you.
    • To order a CIA Gift Card for a future dining reservation or as a special gift, please visit www.ciafoodies.com/gift-cards. Through June 30, 2020, we are offering a 20% bonus gift card with every CIA Gift Card purchase of $100 or more.
    • To book a future class or boot camp, please visit www.ciafoodies.com.

    Industry Leadership Conferences and Events

    • The annual CIA Leadership Awards student scholarship benefit gala, originally scheduled for April 2, has been canceled and its silent auction postponed.
    • The Food is Life festival, originally scheduled to take place at The CIA at Copia April 22–25, has been postponed.
    • The Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit, originally scheduled for April 29–May 1 at The CIA at Copia has been reimagined as The 2020 Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit: Virtual Series, with the first session taking place May 13. Register for the on-demand webcast.
    • Given the ongoing public health guidance prohibiting large gatherings, we have canceled the in-person Menus of Change® Annual Leadership Summit, originally scheduled for June 17–19, at CIA’s Hyde Park, NY campus. Because so much of the program content will be even more relevant to the recovery and future resilience of our industry, we are working to bring the conference online later this summer and details will be provided on the Menus of Change website.
    • All other spring events are being re-evaluated or postponed.


    • We have created a directory of helpful resources for alumni and your businesses. It is available here. If you have an update or resource to share, please e-mail us at alumni@culinary.edu.
    • To help make it easier for alumni to connect with one another, share stories and good news, and more, we created a private, alumni networking group on Facebook.

    How You Can Help

    • As a private, not-for-profit college, the CIA relies on its public operations, including our restaurants, food enthusiast classes and boot camps, and events to provide vital support for our students’ education. With these businesses temporarily closed, our students need you more than ever. Learn more about ways to give.


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