COVID-19 & Reactivation Planning

Ithaca Campus

Campus status as of June 2, 2020

  • At this time, all faculty and staff who are currently working remotely should continue to do so. Only those employees who have been previously scheduled to come to campus for work should follow through with their plans.
  • All in-person summer programs or activities (e.g. summer classes, conferences and events) have been moved online or cancelled.
  • Campus is not open to visitors at this time. Cornell continues to follow guidance from state and federal public health officials, who will help to determine when it is safe for us to resume normal campus operations, including welcoming all faculty, staff, students and visitors back to campus.

Phase 2 Reopening May 29, 2020

The Southern Tier has moved to Phase 2 of New York state reopening, effective May 29. While this enables us to expand our phased restart of research and related activities, it excludes full campus reopening at this time.

Phase 2 of New York state reopening allows businesses in certain sectors, including higher education administration, to resume in-person activity, and enables us to expand our phased restart of research and related activities to ultimately cover all research. However, it excludes full campus reopening at this time. As such, all faculty and staff who are currently working remotely should continue to do so. Only those employees who have been previously scheduled to come to campus for work should follow through with their plans. Cornell's reactivation planning committees continue their work on recommendations for campus reactivation; the results of their work will be announced in late June.

Limited research reactivation May 29, 2020

Limited research reactivation for Ithaca and Geneva began May 29.

Cornell will pursue a phased restart of research and related activities. Buildings must be cleared for restart, sufficient protective equipment must be available for all personnel, and individual lab plans must receive departmental and college approvals before research can resume.

Cornell Tech Campus

Visit Cornell Tech's COVID-19 resource page for the latest information.

Please continue to practice physical (or social) distancing and be sure to check this website frequently, as additional information will continue to be posted as it becomes available.

Reactivating Campus

The university has created planning committees to develop recommendations for reactivating the university.

Cornell faculty, staff and students are encouraged to provide suggestions and feedback on the planning process.

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