We can do this!

Aug. 28, 2020

Dear Cornellians,

It’s hard to believe that we’re actually here—we are reactivating Cornell. Many of us have been working towards this moment since March, and thought it may never come. Most students who have chosen to engage in the residential semester are now in Ithaca, including our newest Cornellians. From what I have observed during move-in this week, you’re really glad to be here. I’m glad you are too.

We face our first big test this weekend. We know what we have to do and we simply must do it to get this semester started, and keep it moving forward: small groups, face coverings, and physical distancing. This is not the time to test boundaries. This question has been debated rigorously for months: are students capable of doing their part to keep our community healthy? I know you can. I believe in you and I believe in us. Let’s show the world what Cornellians can do.

This weekend and throughout the semester, support each other and help each other stay safe. Seek not to shame but to lift up, educate, and make our community stronger. Following the Behavioral Compact may feel limiting, but it is better than not having the chance to be together. Report non-compliance if necessary, but also lead by example and encourage the same from your peers. Make no mistake, we have and will continue to take action against anyone who jeopardizes our community.

With our frequent testing protocol, and the entire Cornell community doing our part to follow public health guidelines, we can make this semester a success. For the sake of each other, and our cherished time at Cornell, let’s do this. Together. #OneCornell.

Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student & Campus Life

One more time: Socialize in small groups, with a face covering, and physically distanced.