Before traveling to Ithaca, all students are advised to quarantine in place for 14 days and seek COVID-19 testing at their current location. Individuals traveling from states subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine under New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order, will be required to quarantine upon entry into New York state.

In order to maintain a safe, educational and vibrant learning environment for all members of our community, all students will be required to abide by the Cornell Behavioral Compact, which includes a robust testing program. Once finalized, the Cornell Behavioral Compact will be added to the Re-entry Checklist.


Arrival for on-campus residents from states on the NYS travel advisory

Students who plan to live on-campus and are traveling from a state on the NYS travel advisory need to follow these revised guidelines:

  1. Prior to coming to Cornell, quarantine for 14 days in New York, or in a state not currently under the NYS travel advisory. Absent a hardship exception (see below), due to the expansion of the states now under entry quarantine restrictions, we are no longer able to provide quarantine housing arrangements for all students. This is a change from what has been previously communicated.
  2. If you are unable to quarantine for 14 days in New York or in a state not currently under the NYS travel advisory, you should prepare to begin the semester online. As states are removed from the New York travel advisory list, or quarantine requirements otherwise change, you will have the option to return to campus. Cornell Housing will monitor the travel advisory and communicate arrival options as states are removed.
  3. If you are unable, due to personal hardship, to arrange for your own quarantine accommodations, and you cannot remain at your permanent residence and engage effectively in your Cornell education, you may request an exception in order to quarantine on campus. Impacted students will be sent a communication from Cornell Housing next week explaining the exception request process. If you are approved for a hardship exception to quarantine on campus you should plan to arrive on August 17.


Arrival for on-campus residents from states not on the NYS travel advisory

Students who plan to live on-campus and currently reside in states that are not on the NYS travel advisory should do the following:

  1. Prior to coming to Cornell, quarantine at your current residence for 14 days.
  2. If at all possible, obtain a SARS-CoV-2 test prior to departing, and travel to Ithaca only after confirming that your test is negative.
  3. Arrive at Cornell on your assigned move-in date and time. Students will receive their assigned move-in date and time on or around August 7.
  4. Plan for a staggered move-in process to begin on August 23.
  5. Testing will be arranged for you as part of your on-campus move-in.


Arrival for on-campus residents from international locations

Students who plan to live on-campus and will be returning from an international location should do the following:

  1. Prior to coming to Cornell, international students should make every effort to quarantine for 14 days in New York, or a state or other low-risk location not currently under the NYS travel advisory.
  2. If at all possible, obtain a SARS-CoV-2 test prior to departing, and travel to Ithaca only after confirming that your test is negative.
  3. Students arriving from an international location who need to quarantine will be assigned quarantine accommodations by Cornell Housing. Plan to arrive on campus by August 17.
  4. Testing will be arranged for you as part of your on-campus move-in.


Arrival for students who plan to live off-campus in the greater Ithaca area

As a reminder, those students who plan to live off-campus should still do the following:

  1. Prior to coming to Cornell, quarantine at your current residence for 14 days.
  2. If at all possible, obtain a SARS-CoV-2 test prior to departing, and travel to Ithaca only after confirming that your test is negative.
  3. Depending on which state or country you are traveling from, you may also need to quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival in Ithaca. Please note: you are required to quarantine in accordance with New York state guidelines, which includes a requirement to complete a traveler health form.
  4. Schedule an arrival test through the Re-entry Checklist prior to your arrival. If you are already living in the Ithaca area and have not done so already, schedule your test through the Re-entry Checklist today.

If your plans change as a result of these revised guidelines, please update your fall housing and arrival information on the Re-entry Checklist. If you have not yet submitted your housing information as part of the Re-entry Checklist, please do as soon as possible.


Orientation

Cornell's orientation for first-year and transfer students will run from Aug. 26-Sept. 2. Programming will be offered virtually and asynchronously so that students can participate from anywhere, including students who will be taking fall semester courses remotely. We will also offer a virtual orientation for families and ongoing new student orientation programs throughout September. Schedules will be available in early August.

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