End-of semester checklist, supplemental testing, travel plans

November 10, 2020

Dear Graduate and Professional Students,

With the semester nearly complete, we are writing to share a few important reminders and deadlines. Most of all, we wish to express our gratitude and admiration for your collective hard work and dedication. You have all risen to the task of continuing ahead with your research and studies, while also taking the necessary precautions to keep yourselves and others safe. Thank you for your efforts!

As you prepare for the semester’s end, please keep in mind:

  • End-of-semester checklist: All students – whether remote or living in the Ithaca area – must complete the checklist by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. This is critically important for the university to understand your post-Thanksgiving plans, as well as for the spring semester. Students who fail to do so by the deadline will lose access to campus facilities and will not be permitted to pre-enroll for the spring semester. If your plans change after the deadline, the checklist will remain open for edits until Nov. 29.
  • Access to campus: Many academic spaces, such as libraries, studios, labs, and study rooms, as well as select gyms and recreational facilities, will remain open after the break. However, on-campus facilities will only be available to students who have confirmed their post-Thanksgiving plans via the checklist. Any student remaining in the area – whether they choose to come to campus or not – must continue to complete the Daily Check health assessment, every day, and to participate in their scheduled surveillance testing.
  • Supplemental testing: Travel requirements vary by state or country; however, many international students and scholars will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48-72 hours of their departure date. For some, the deadline to produce proof of a negative test result may not align with your surveillance testing schedule. To accommodate the need for off-cycle, asymptomatic testing, the university has created a “supplemental testing” option via the Daily Check portal. Before traveling abroad, please review Global Cornell’s guidelines for international travel.
  • Travel policy: Governor Cuomo recently announced updated public health guidelines for travelers to New York, allowing them to “test out” of the state’s 14-day quarantine in as soon as four days with a negative COVID-19 test result. Cornell is currently reviewing these guidelines and will inform the campus community if there are any resulting changes to our travel policy. Until a decision is made, please continue to follow Cornell’s travel and visitor policy. All unnecessary travel remains strongly discouraged.
  • Holiday gatherings: The increase in COVID-19 cases locally and nationally poses risks not only to your personal wellness, but also to the Cornell and greater Ithaca communities. If you choose to attend or host a holiday gathering, we urge you to follow all public health guidance, including wearing masks (even while visiting with family or friends), practicing physical distancing, avoiding large groups and limiting time spent indoors. The CDC has additional tips about holiday travel and celebrations. Any visitors from outside of New York state are required to follow state requirements, including compliance with quarantine, testing and completion the state’s Traveler Health form.

While some students will depart at Thanksgiving, we know that many of you will remain in the Ithaca area to continue on-campus research, clinical rotations or other academic pursuits. Regardless of your plans for after the break, we encourage you to continue following all public health guidance. Thank you for doing your part to keep campus safe, and best wishes for the remainder of the semester!


Kathryn Boor
Dean of the Graduate School

Kevin Hallock
Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Eduardo Peñalver
Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Law School

Lorin Warnick
Austin O. Hooey Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine