COVID-19 & Reactivation Planning

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Cornell plans to reactivate Ithaca campus for fall semester; classes set to begin Sept. 2

Cornell University has announced plans for the fall semester, which includes a hybrid approach to a residential semester (with in-person, online and hybrid teaching modalities), robust virus testing, and modifications to the academic calendar that will allow students to begin classes on Sept. 2 and return home for Thanksgiving and finish the semester remotely.


  • The key consideration in our decision to reopen is public health. Residential instruction, when coupled with a robust virus screening program of the form we intend to implement, is a better option for protecting the public health of our community than a purely online semester.
  • Fall classes will start Sept. 2, according to a modified academic calendar that will have most students return home before Thanksgiving break. Students will finish the term with online instruction and exams in December, before a delayed start to the spring semester in February.
  • For those unable to return to Ithaca, remote learning options will be available.
  • Detailed plans for an extended, phased move-in period, including screening for COVID-19, will be released in the weeks ahead. A series of town halls will also be scheduled to share critical updates about next steps.
  • These plans apply to the Ithaca campus and Cornell Agritech. Given the varying impacts and progression of the virus in New York City, Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine campuses have developed their own plans for the fall semester.
  • The university is finalizing a reopening plan required to be submitted to New York state for the Ithaca campus and Cornell AgriTech in Geneva. Once finalized, this report will be shared with the Cornell community.

For more information, please view a statement issued by President Pollack on June 30.

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