Cornell is implementing pre-departure testing and enhanced arrival testing for students as we begin the spring semester at COVID-19 Alert Level Yellow, indicating moderate risk. The semester will begin on Jan. 24, as planned, but with two weeks of virtual instruction through Feb. 4.

Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should call Cornell Health at 607-255-5155 (24/7) for consultation.

Updated Sept. 24, 2021

Campus Public Health Requirements Fully vaccinated students* Unvaccinated students
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. Required (for all fully vaccinated undergraduate students and full vaccinated professional students in CVM/Law/Johnson/AAP/ILR.) Required
Utilize supplemental testing as needed. Optional Optional
Follow testing protocols after domestic or international travel. Strongly encouraged Strongly encouraged

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

** Masks must be worn indoors 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; physical distancing must be maintained when unmasked.

NOTE: Individuals who may need disability accommodations should contact Student Disability Services.