New and updated resources for fall 2020 instruction

Aug. 20, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As we proceed toward the start of the fall semester, faculty members are making extraordinary efforts to prepare for their classes – whether teaching in person or online. To that end, we are writing to share information and resources available to you concerning revised academic policies, the latest protocols for health and safety, and other pedagogical needs that you may be encountering.

The Preparing for Fall Instruction page has been updated with guidance and best practices for the most frequent questions that we have heard from faculty members. We encourage you to review and familiarize yourself with these materials and to make generous use of the resources therein.

Additionally, we want to call your attention to another resource to guide your decision-making for classes and other academic experiences that may look different this semester. The Cornell University Health and Safety Considerations Subcommittee has developed a resource page to help you plan and implement changes that may be necessary to accommodate laboratory-based teaching, courses involving transportation and trips, and other activities, such as musical performances or physical education, that may pose increased risks for COVID-19 transmission.

Please be certain to share pertinent information from these pages with your teaching assistants as well.

Thank you for your flexibility and resilience in planning for this semester.


Michael Kotlikoff

Lisa Nishii
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education