University Operations

Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library is now operating normally with only a few exceptions, as described on the Library website and the unit library sites. Students, faculty and staff, and visitors are expected to follow Cornell University’s public health requirements.

Campus Fitness Centers and Athletic Facilities

Students, faculty, emeritus faculty, staff and retirees who wish to access campus fitness centers or athletic facilities should visit the Cornell Recreational Services website for details and COVID safety guidance.

Enjoying Outdoor Spaces

Walking around Cornell's campus is permitted. Multiple studies have shown that spending time in nature can help reduce stress and anxiety and increase one's sense of overall well-being. Cornell Outdoor Education has provided a guide for outdoor activities and also provides outdoor gear rentals. The grounds of the Cornell Botanic Gardens are also open every day, dawn to dusk.

The Cornell Store

The Cornell Store on central campus and its branch location on the Ithaca Commons are open to all. The Cornell Store is following all New York state and university guidelines, including implementing protocols for physical distancing, strict sanitization measures and limiting the number of customers in the store at any given time.

Veterinary Services

Current operating status of hospitals, centers and programs, as well as COVID-19 safety precautions are available on the College of Veterinary Medicine’s website.

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.