COVID-19: Additional information for students

March 13, 2020

Dear Cornellians,

In light of President Pollack’s recently announced transition plan, we are writing to quickly share several important updates:

Housing & Dining

  • If you are living on campus and are leaving Ithaca, you will receive a rebate on your housing and dining (if applicable).
  • We understand that you may want to move out before specific move-out details are finalized. Please connect with your residential staff. Details to support later move outs will be forthcoming.
  • We have secured a storage solution for your belongings in Ithaca at no additional cost. Details will be forthcoming.
  • Those on-campus residents who have requested to stay in their residence hall room will receive a response beginning today. Those who continue to live on campus after March 29 will not be eligible for a rebate.

Virtual Instruction

  • We are extending the drop/grade change deadline to Tuesday, April 14. Similarly, we will allow the option to change grading practice for any course to S/U until this deadline, even if that option was previously not available for your course. Please contact your college/school student services office to discuss any potential academic implications of these decisions before doing so, and know that dropping below 12 academic credits might significantly impact your academic progress and financial aid.
  • Graduating seniors who have not yet had the opportunity to take the swim test or complete their physical education credits will receive a waiver.

Financial Support and Federal Work Study

  • There is substantial financial assistance in the form of grants and Access Funds available to support low-income students during this transition. Please contact for assistance.
  • Those students on Federal Work Study will be able to continue working – either on campus or remotely – until the conclusion of the semester. We will provide additional information to non-work study student employees as soon as it is available.

We recognize that you may still have questions; we will continue to provide updates and information as we have them. Please visit This site will be updated frequently over the coming days to provide additional details and instructions as they become available.

This past week has created extraordinary strain on our entire campus. These are truly exceptional circumstances, and it is gratifying to see our community come together as we have. Please continue to take care of yourselves and support each other.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student & Campus Life

Lisa Nishii
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Given the anxiety that the consequences of this global pandemic may be causing you, please continue to reach out to campus resources that are available for support, including Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).