Updates on study spaces, course shopping, and more

Sept. 3, 2020

Dear Students,

I have a few brief updates to share on the following topics:

  • Reserving study spaces.
  • “Shopping” for courses during the add period.
  • Finding study partners.
  • Updating your emergency contact information.
  • Access restrictions for students who are not currently in the Ithaca area.

Reserving study spaces

You can now reserve space in rooms designated for studying through the “Book a Study Space” feature, available in Cornell Chatter (website and app). Learn how to use the feature to reserve a quiet space for reading, writing, listening; an interactive space to use Zoom or other videoconferencing; or a small group space.

Right now Book a Study Space has spaces in some college buildings. Eventually it will include the Cornell libraries. The colleges, schools, and libraries set the hours and monitor use of the spaces. Each space has a cleaning station, and Cornell’s custodial staff clean the spaces once a day.

“Shopping” for courses during the add period

During the add period, you can “shop” for possible courses by attending a class session via Zoom, where permitted by the course instructor. See the Course Shopping Information on the University Registrar website.

Finding study partners

Studying with peers is a great way to connect with other Cornell students and is a powerful tool for learning. Finding people to study with can be challenging, and Cornell’s Learning Strategies Center (LSC) can help you find study partners.

Updating your emergency contact details

|Please take a moment to visit Student Essentials to make sure your emergency contact information is updated. It’s critical for the university to have accurate information.

Note for students who said they weren’t in the Ithaca area or are arriving late

Your Cornell ID card will be blocked so it cannot be used to enter campus buildings or perform other functions that require your card. Your access to the Book a Study Space app will also be blocked. If your plans change and you will be in Ithaca, you must update your Fall Address and Arrival Information in the Re-Entry Checklist so your Daily Check requirements (particularly arrival testing and surveillance testing) can be modified and your Cornell ID card access can be adjusted. You cannot attend in-person classes or other on-campus activities until you have completed COVID-19 testing.

Please go to the Housing Portal to indicate your preferred arrival to campus. You should not make any travel plans until the housing office contacts you directly with instructions for arrival testing, overnight quarantine, and move-in information.

I hope your classes are off to a good start!

Lisa Nishii
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education