Human Resources offers guidance for employees

March 11, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday, President Pollack announced that most students will leave campus during spring break and complete their semester studies online. Many of you are asking what this change means for your job.

The university remains open and students will be on campus through March 27, so our work continues apace. Going forward, research and campus operations continue and our students, even though most will not be on campus, will continue to need our support. It is the case that some direct service operations will change, and I want to assure you that we are working to understand what our needs will be and how we can best support all who work at Cornell. As President Pollack indicated, we are continuing to monitor this situation, and we will reassess our workplace guidance as new information becomes available.

This is uncharted territory, and we understand that the fluid nature of this situation can be stressful. For now, let’s focus on actions that each of us can take to continue our priority work and prepare for possible changes. First, you should work with your supervisor to understand how, if at all, your work may change, as well as explore possible work from home arrangements. Please refer to our workplace guidance for more information. And most importantly, you should take care of yourself, your family and one another.

On behalf of the leadership team, I want to thank you for your continued dedication to Cornell, our students, their families and our shared mission. We will stay in touch with you as we know more.


Mary Opperman
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer