Employee Public Health Requirements

In accordance with the NY HERO Act, all Cornell employees are required to complete the Daily Check health assessment prior to arriving on campus each day.

In compliance with President Biden’s recent executive order, Cornell is requiring that all employees, whether they work on campus in Ithaca, Geneva, New York City, or any other location, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022, or to have obtained a university-approved medical or religious exemption. Please note that this deadline has been extended based on a recent White House announcement. In the interim, any employee who has not received a COVID-19 vaccine that is authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) and uploaded proof of vaccination to the Daily Check will be required to participate in ongoing surveillance testing. If you have already been vaccinated, but have not yet uploaded your vaccination status, please do so in the Daily Check today.

Please note: These plans and public health requirements may change based on emerging public health data and guidance. Additional restrictions may be put in place if the Cornell’s COVID-19 Alert Level changes.

Updated Oct. 7, 2021

Public Health Requirements Fully vaccinated faculty and staff* Unvaccinated faculty and staff
Complete the Daily Check health assessment prior to arriving on campus Required Required
Submit proof of being fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO-approved vaccine or receive a medical or religious exemption Required Required
Maintain 6-foot physical distance with others, when possible. Not Required Required
Wear a mask when indoors. Required** Required**
Wear a mask outdoors. Recommended but not required. Required when physical distancing is not possible.
Participate in surveillance testing. Some vaccinated faculty and staff will continue to participate in surveillance testing based on the nature of their student-facing roles. Required
Utilize supplemental testing as needed. Optional Optional
Complete supplemental testing following domestic or international travel. Not Required Strongly encouraged
Vehicle occupancy. Full Occupancy Reduced Occupancy(see Cornell Vehicle Occupancy Guidelines)

* Employees are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final dose schedule of an FDA- or WHO-authorized or approved vaccine. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded to the Daily Check.

** Masks must be worn indoors on campus at all times, unless in a private or non-shared space (e.g., office or dorm room), when alone in a lab, or when eating. Classroom instructors or seminar speakers may elect to wear a face shield rather than a mask during the time of their presentation. Unvaccinated individuals should maintain physical distancing while unmasked for eating or drinking. Please reference face coverings and mask requirements issued by Environmental Health and Safety for additional details.