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 and faculty and staff should continue to follow current public health guidance.

Please see this important message sent to all students on Jan. 6, and this message to campus from Jan. 11 for more details. In addition, the Academic Policies, Instruction & Resources page has more specifics on in-person instruction, office hours, extracurriculars, study abroad and breaks.

Positives Over Break

All students who tested positive for COVID-19 in December and over break must complete the “Self-Reported Positive” form on the Daily Check as soon as they become aware of their positive status. This information is critical for Cornell, and it will exempt those students from testing for 90 days.

Pre-Departure and Enhanced Arrival Testing

Please consult the Undergraduate spring testing page and the Graduate/professional student spring testing page for specific requirements for testing before the start of the spring 2022 semester.

All students who have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and completed the self-reported positive form must be tested (PCR or antigen) prior to returning to Ithaca. All pre-departure test results must be uploaded to the Daily Check.

Expanded Move-In for On-Campus Housing

Residence halls will open as planned on Jan. 18. Student move-in can occur any time up until the start of in-person classes on Feb. 7. We hope that this will lead to a staggered return to campus, which will enable us better to manage isolation needs. If you have a roommate, you should consider coordinating the dates of return, so that you do not both arrive at the same time. That way, if the first to arrive tests positive despite pre-departure testing, that person will be able to isolate in the residence hall.

Please update your planned arrival date in the Spring Checklist and the Housing Portal once you have finalized your plans. Students will receive additional communication from Cornell Housing with more move-in details.

Student Life: Before Feb. 7

In-person student activities will be substantially limited until in-person classes resume Feb. 7. We also ask that you do not engage in informal social gatherings that will promulgate the spread of the virus during this time. Please help us keep Cornell safe and healthy by restricting social activity during these crucial two weeks.

Athletic events will continue, with proper protocols in place, as scheduled during these two weeks.

Dining halls will be open, with grab-and-go meals for the start of the semester.

Recreational facilities (check hours) and libraries (check hours until regular schedule resumes on Feb. 7) will remain open during this time, following current public health guidance on masking and density.