For the fall semester, students residing in Ithaca will be expected to follow the guidelines below when on campus or participating in Cornell sponsored events/activity. Further details on mask requirements and specifics related to musical instruments, singing, and eating and drinking indoors are available on the Face Masks page.

Please note, this guidance is subject to change. Additional restrictions may be instituted if the Cornell’s COVID-19 Alert Level changes. Additional details can be found on the COVID-19 Tracking webpage.

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. Please reference face coverings and mask requirements issued by Environmental Health and Safety for additional details.

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