University Operations

The university remains open. The Daily Check is required to be completed by all Ithaca-based students, and by faculty and staff who have been approved to return to campus by their dean, department chair or supervisor.

Face coverings are required for all students, faculty, staff and visitors while on campus, both indoors and outdoors. Campus visitors are prohibited from entering any campus facility, including residence halls. Only approved current students, staff or faculty, essential vendors (such as food and delivery workers or construction and service providers), or individuals approved, in writing, by the provost or appropriate dean, vice president or their delegate, may access campus facilities.

Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library is rolling out services to give scholars and researchers access to physical collections and continues to provide enhanced online resources for Cornell students and faculty. Students can reserve physically distanced, quiet study spaces in different library locations through the “Book a Study Space” in Cornell Chatter. See more updates on the Cornell University Library website.

Campus Fitness Centers and Athletic Facilities

Campus fitness centers and recreation spaces and the Lindseth Climbing Center have reopened with modified hours. Cornell Fitness Centers continue to offer live, reoccurring CFC to Go virtual fitness classes with membership, and free pre-recorded group fitness classes. For additional information, please visit the Cornell Fitness Center FAQs.

The Helen Newman Hall pool is open for lap swimming, and bowling at Helen Newman Bowling Center has reopened with modified hours.

Enjoying Outdoor Spaces

Walking around Cornell's campus is permitted. However, all employees, students and visitors are required to have a mask on their person when outdoors on campus and to put on their face covering or mask when it is NOT feasible to maintain physical distancing measures (i.e., at least 6 feet of separation between others).

Multiple studies have shown that spending time in nature can help reduce stress and anxiety and increase one's sense of overall well-being. There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors while practicing physical distancing. Cornell Outdoor Education has provided a guide for outdoor activities to help get you started. Cornell Outdoor Education also provides outdoor gear rentals, including items for winter weather. The grounds of the Cornell Botanic Gardens are also open every day, dawn to dusk, but please remember to stay six feet away from others, refrain from interacting with staff, and visit alone or in family groups. Groups must be of 10 or fewer people.

The Cornell Store

In accordance with Cornell’s visitor policy, The Cornell Store on central campus is open only to students, faculty and staff with a valid Cornell ID who have completed the Daily Check and are approved to be on campus. Customers and departments may shop online and have items shipped or scheduled for store pickup.

Parents, visitors and alumni are welcome to shop in-store for Cornell clothing and gifts at The Cornell Store's branch locations on the Ithaca Commons and at the Shops at Ithaca Mall. View store hours and locations.

The Cornell Store is following all New York state and university requirements, including implementing protocols for physical distancing, strict sanitization measures, requiring face coverings and limiting the number of customers in the store at any given time. To reduce wait time and limit contact with other customers, The Cornell Store is offering expanded online order pickup options, including store pickup by appointment.

For questions about departmental orders, please contact The Cornell Store’s Customer Care team. Please visit The Cornell Store website to view additional information about operations, essential products and services, and course materials.

Veterinary Services

You can find the current operating status of hospitals, centers and programs on their website.

Routines have been modified to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions. We will walk you through each step to keep everyone safe. Clients are not allowed to enter the hospitals.

Construction Activities

Due to Cornell’s review of project priorities in light of the pandemic, Cornell has reprioritized its planned maintenance projects. This re-prioritization has accelerated some critical infrastructure projects and delayed some routine maintenance and non-critical infrastructure projects.

Approved construction activities on the Ithaca campus are proceeding. All projects and contractors are required to follow New York state’s Executive Order 202 and current guidance for construction sites and activities, which include requirements for face coverings, social distancing and disinfecting of tools. Contractors and Project Managers are monitoring project-related risks for the spread of COVID-19, supply chain challenges, and updates to state safety requirements.

All contractors are required to have an up-to-date project health and safety plan related to COVID-19. Environmental Health and Safety has created a guidance document listing the elements necessary for inclusion in each contractor’s health and safety plan.

Mail Services

Campus mail pick-up, processing, and delivery is available to departments that can allow access to their facility. 

  • To make arrangements, contact Tracey Post at Alternatively, departments can arrange for receiving directly from Mail Services at the East Campus Service Center, 209 Solidago Rd (311 E Palm Rd). Contact to make arrangements. Mail metering services for USPS mail is also available. Please include the barcoded Mail Release Form for accounting purposes.
  • USPS letter mail: Department managers can arrange temporary USPS letter mail forwarding for regular pick from Mail Services at the East Campus Service Center, 209 Solidago Rd (311 E Palm Rd). To make arrangements, contact the post office at (800) 275-8777 or (607) 375-6003 prior to contacting Tracey Post (
  • Package delivery: Departments can make arrangements for direct delivery of packages to Mail Services using the 311 E Palm Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 address. Mail Services can accept USPS and private carrier (FedEx/UPS) packages and will attempt to deliver to campus facilities. If a building is not accessible to delivery personnel, the package will be held at Mail Services until the department can arrange for pick-up. Please contact Tracey Post at to arrange for receiving.
  • Additional questions: Please visit Mail & Delivery Services website or contact or 607-254-8284.

Expenses Related to COVID-19

The possibility of federal cost reimbursement to Cornell through FEMA, the CARES act or other programs has reemphasized the importance of consistently identifying expenses related to COVID-19. Use the KFS project code CORONAV-20 for all expenses and credits related to the outbreak, except as noted below.

Guidelines for Using the CORONAV-20 Project Code

  • Use this code for purchase orders, procurement card purchases, interdepartmental billings, disbursement vouchers, Concur expense reports, or other payment or credit transactions.
  • Use this code for expenses such as those necessary to respond to the emergency (e.g., cleaning and sanitizing products); switch to remote instruction (e.g., shipping student belongings, acquiring IT resources for faculty to teach classes remotely); cancel planned trips or events; as well as for costs to secure campus and to help employees establish an adequate remote-work setup.

Additional Guidance and Exceptions

  • For foreign transactions related to COVID-19, instead of the CORONAV-20 code, use the recently established special KFS C-[region] project codes (Excel), which will also accomplish foreign reporting needs.
  • For HR transactions, use special earnings or leave codes as directed by Human Resources. Use the CORONAV-20 project code on Salary Expense Transfer e-docs.
  • For student financial system transactions, obtain a new item type and use the org ref ID of C19.
  • Federal exceptions to grant cost principles (2 CFR 200) contained in OMB M-20-17 (PDF) were largely rescinded or limited on July 17, 2020 by OMB M-20-26 (PDF), which affects the ability to charge cancellation costs or hours not worked. For further questions about how this may impact your award please contact Sponsored Financial Services.

If you have any questions please contact your business service center.