Spring 2023 semester

Below are important updates for the spring semester. All students are expected to continue to take personal responsibility and to demonstrate COVID-19 etiquette.

Vaccinations and Boosters

The university requires proof of a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccination or medical/religious exemption for all campus community members and strongly encourages everyone to receive every additional booster that becomes available to them.


COVID antigen tests are available to all students, faculty and staff who may wish to test following travel, attendance at large gatherings, illness or potential exposure. Cornell Health offers PCR tests for symptomatic students who meet the clinical testing criteria.

Changes to Tompkins County Data Reporting

In December 2022, the Tompkins County Whole Health (TCWH) published a new COVID-19 data dashboard and moved to a weekly reporting system. The dashboard includes active hospitalizations, new hospital admissions, total resident deaths, weekly case rate per 100,000 population, positive cases over the last seven days, percent positive over the last seven days, vaccination rates and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) community level. TCHD data reporting pulls directly from datasets maintained by the NYS Department of Health (DOH) and CDC.


Wearing a mask while indoors reduces the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Individuals who are concerned about the risk of infection are encouraged to continue to wear a mask, and all community members should support and respect one another’s masking choices.

Masks are required in campus healthcare facilities. Additionally, anyone who is recovering from COVID-19 and is no longer required to isolate must continue to mask when with others according to CDC guidance.

Masks will be strongly encouraged, but are not required, in classrooms, providing more protection for vulnerable students, faculty and staff. Individuals should consider and respect the vulnerabilities of others by wearing a mask in the classroom if requested by an instructor and/or fellow classmates. The university will continue to provide high-quality masks to all campus community members.

COVID-19 Etiquette for Students

If you are ill:

  • Do not attend class, work, or other social gatherings.
  • If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, seek and perform an antigen test.
  • If you are feeling particularly ill, contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155.

If you test positive:

  • Report your result through the Daily Check, which helps to understand prevalence on campus and to provide academic support while you recover.
  • You will be granted a temporary accommodation notice that you may elect to share with your instructors if you anticipate missing class during your isolation period.
  • Contact your college student services office for additional academic support as needed.
  • Tell roommates and other close contacts that you have COVID-19. This will allow others to take proactive steps to monitor their health.
  • Wear a high-quality mask at all times, except when eating, sleeping or using bathroom facilities (e.g., showering, brushing teeth).
  • Isolate in your residence hall or apartment. Follow Tompkins County Whole Health current isolation guidelines.
  • Limit time away from your room, except when seeking medical care or picking up food.
  • Clean shared areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens, immediately after use and before the next person enters.

Roommates of COVID-19 positive students should:

  • Wear a high-quality mask when in residence halls/rooms, except when sleeping.
  • Get tested. Because the virus can take days to incubate, even if asymptomatic, you should test immediately upon learning your roommate is positive and then several days later.
  • Test immediately if you become symptomatic.
  • Take extra precautions, such as cleaning shared, high-touch surfaces.

Some roommates of COVID-19 positive students may feel more comfortable temporarily relocating – students may choose to stay with a friend or go to a hotel at their own expense. Those students who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (as defined by the CDC) who have a COVID-19 positive roommate should contact Student Disability Services to request a temporary housing accommodation.