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. In accordance with New York state reopening guidelines, Cornell has developed and submitted a reactivation plan (PDF) to the New York State Department of Health.

Upcoming Town Halls

  • Forum for new students and families: Aug. 14, 3 p.m. EDT. Registration required.
  • Town hall with Cornell, Ithaca College and TC3 leadership: Aug. 18, 7 p.m. EDT. Join on Zoom.

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