Graduate and professional student pre-departure/arrival testing for spring semester

Cornell has announced details for the start of the spring semester, including virtual instruction through Feb. 4, which will allow us to provide academic continuity as students move back to campus. To ensure the success of these plans, Cornell is instituting pre-departure and arrival testing requirements for graduate and professional students. We also ask that students coordinate with their roommates to stagger their individual returns, to the extent possible.

Reporting positive test results

Any student who tested positive since the end of the fall semester must report their positive result through the Self-Reported Positive form on Daily Check as soon as possible. This includes any graduate and professional student who tested positive outside of the region, through a home antigen test or through other non-Cornell or Cayuga Medical Center testing.

Students who have recently tested positive will be exempt from testing for up to 90 days from the date of their positive result. Students who were positive through Cornell or CMC testing during the fall semester have already had their status updated in the Daily Check. When the 90 day period expires, students will return to required testing if applicable. All students should continue to refer to the Daily Check to confirm their testing status.

Pre-Departure testing

All students who left the Ithaca area over the break must obtain a negative pre-departure test within three days of departure for Ithaca. If possible, use an at-home antigen kit 24 hours prior to departure. We recognize that test availability varies and that this may not be possible in all circumstances. Report any pre-departure test using the Self-Reported Testing form on your Daily Check homepage.

Students who test positive prior to departing should isolate where they are and delay travel to campus until they have completed the required isolation period. International students who are required to submit a negative test in order to depart for the United States may submit this as their pre-departure test.

Graduate and professional students who did not leave over break/intercession

Graduate and professional students who did not leave the area over the break, and have not tested positive within the past 90 days, are required to receive a negative test before returning to work or campus (or continue with regular testing schedule, where applicable). Ideally, these students should schedule a supplemental test 2 days before returning to work/campus.

Graduate and professional students (except Law, CVM, MBA) who left over break

In addition to pre-departure testing, students who have not tested positive in the past 90 days must complete arrival testing.

Arrival Testing: students will receive an email prompting them to schedule an arrival test at a Cornell testing site through the Daily Check. Your test date will be based on the arrival date you provided in the winter/spring checklist. This test must be completed within 24 hours of your arrival in Ithaca.

Please note: Log in and update your arrival date in the Winter/Spring Checklist as soon as possible.

Graduate students living on-campus and all Law, CVM, MBA students who left over break

In addition to pre-departure testing, students who have not tested positive in the past 90 days must complete arrival testing.

  • Arrival Testing: On the day of your arrival, you will pick up an antigen test from any Cornell test site. You will be responsible for uploading results of this test to the Self-Reported Testing form in Daily Check the same day. There will be no grace period for a missed test.
  • Law, CVM, MBA – Enhanced Arrival Testing: These students will be automatically enrolled in twice weekly enhanced arrival testing as assigned through the Daily Check. This will be completed with PCR testing at Cornell test sites. The grace period to complete this test has been reduced to 24 hours.
  • On-campus graduate students – Enhanced Arrival Testing: Following arrival testing, you will complete twice weekly antigen testing through Feb 4. Tests will be available for pick up at the RPCC, Willard Straight Hall, West Campus, and Bartels testing sites throughout the Enhanced Testing period. You are responsible for completing and uploading the result from each test to the Self-Reported Testing form on your Daily Check homepage on the day you are assigned. Testing results not uploaded on the required date will result in campus access restrictions, including Canvas the next day. There will be no grace period for a missed test.

Please note: Log in and update your arrival date in the Winter/Spring Checklist as soon as possible.

Unvaccinated students with university exemptions will be required to continue twice weekly testing for the duration of the semester.

Ongoing testing

Supplemental testing and opt-in weekly testing will remain available to all students through the Daily Check.