Spirit Week, Flu Vaccination, Study Support

October 9, 2020

Dear Cornellians,

Whether you’re on campus or away, I hope you are enjoying the fall season. This is a busy time of the semester, so please remember to take care of yourselves and check in on one another.

Last week’s announcement allowed for certain gyms and recreational centers to reopen, as well as allowing registered student organizations to begin planning events for 10 students or fewer. These are positive steps that I hope will allow for enhanced connection. I also encourage you to take part in these activities, including showing your Big Red pride at the StayHomecoming events this weekend!

With increased in-person activities and events, it becomes even more critical to complete the Daily Check as required by the Behavioral Compact. All students living on campus or in the greater Ithaca area are required to complete the Daily Check each and every day without exception. Many of you are completing the Daily Check regularly, but it takes all of us logging in each day – in addition to mask wearing, physical distancing and hand washing – to continue the level of success we have seen on campus in terms of low transmission rates.

As we near the coming election, take a moment to connect with Cornell Votes and review your state’s voting requirements to make sure you’re ballot-ready. Voting is a powerful way to use your voice; don’t miss your opportunity. Remember, we are a caring Cornell community: take time to listen to one another and be respectful of one another’s ideas, beliefs and differing opinions.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • New York state voter registration deadline – Oct. 9
    Review your state’s voter registration date and other guidelines to make sure you’re ready for the polls.
  • Family Webinar Series – Oct. 9-Nov. 6
    Learn about a variety of topics, including housing, Greek life and preparing for career success. Registration required.

COVID-19 Updates

Student groups may host small in-person gatherings

Last week, the university announced that registered student organizations could begin to host small group gatherings of 10 or fewer people (face masks and physical distancing are required). These events will require careful planning, including pre-registration in CampusGroups, space registrations, and compliance with restrictions on off-campus gatherings and new rules for tracking attendance.

Looking for your COVID-19 surveillance test results?

Remember, no news is good news when it comes to surveillance testing. You will only be contacted if your test results are positive. However, students may access their results, positive or negative, through the My Cayuga Health portal. Test results are usually available within 24 hours. All students participating in surveillance testing can enroll in the portal (click “sign up” at the bottom of the login page).

New help desk for Daily Check and testing support

Cornell has created help desk for the Daily Check and surveillance testing. Log in with your Cornell Net ID to submit an individual request, or visit the knowledge base for answers to frequently asked questions.

Staying Healthy

On-campus flu clinics end this month

This fall, per the university’s Behavioral Compact, flu vaccination is required for Ithaca-based students as part of the university’s public health strategy to fight COVID-19. Vaccination is free and will be offered at on-campus clinics through October (registration required).

Resources to support your mental health

Cornell Health’s Coping During COVID-19 webpage offers a wide range of self-help tips and other resources to boost your well-being. CAPS support includes virtual skills-based workshops, “Let’s Talk” drop-in consultation, group counseling, and individual counseling. Students can also call 607-255-5155 any time to speak with a licensed therapist from ProtoCall, Cornell Health’s 24/7 support team of mental health professionals.

Virtual Let's Meditate sessions are offered Monday to Friday to help focus and de-stress.

Upcoming Events

Looking for more virtual events?
There are over 1,800 events and meetings registered on CampusGroups. Click below to explore the interactive calendar and get involved.


Housing & Dining

Scheduling your departure from campus

The housing period for the first part of the fall semester ends Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. To allow for the safe de-densification of campus, students in on-campus housing are asked to schedule a departure date and time between Nov. 14 and Nov. 29 (after your last in-person semi-final exam, if you have one). Please stay tuned for the semifinal exam schedule next week and plan to schedule your departure in the Housing Portal by no later than Thursday, Oct. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Fall and winter housing and dining

This year presents some unusual challenges, and it may be impractical for some student residents to leave campus for a permanent residence prior to the Thanksgiving holiday break. Students can apply for housing and dining from Thanksgiving through the end of the fall semester, or from Thanksgiving through winter break (until the start of the spring semester contract period). The application and more information is now available in the Housing Portal. The application deadline is Thursday, Oct. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Planning ahead for fall 2021 housing

Some first-year students have begun to think about their living arrangements for next year, and some may even feel pressure to sign a lease for an off-campus apartment. Students have many options for housing beyond the first year and should not feel pressured to make a decision right now. We hope you will participate in the family webinars on Oct. 23 and Nov. 6 to learn more about your options.


LSC offers resources, motivation for exam prep

It’s prelim exam time! The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) has resources to help students identify effective study strategies and develop a study plan to prepare for different types of exams:

  • Students can self-enroll in the LSC Study Skills Canvas site for complete access to all resources, or take a look at the LSC website.
  • Having a hard time getting started? Try the LSC’s Motivation Station, where you can access the positive power of peer pressure to study with other students (cameras on, mics off) over Zoom.

Join a study group

The Learning Strategies Center can also help students join study groups and find study partners in their courses. Over 1,000 matches already been made this semester! To find out more and sign up, visit the LSC’s Studying Together webpage.

Wellness & Recreation

Certain gyms, recreation spaces have reopened

As of Sept. 29, certain campus fitness centers and recreation spaces have reopened to students on a limited basis. For more information about open facilities and use restrictions, and to make workout reservations, visit the Cornell Fitness Centers website.

Virtual group fitness class memberships

Virtual group fitness classes memberships are now half price. Join for $25 and get unlimited access to Cornell Fitness Centers’ virtual group fitness classes.

Cornell Intramural Sports yard games leagues

Mask up and get outside to play corn hole, kan-jam, bocce or ladder golf. To participate, please register by Oct. 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Public Service & Engagement

Be the Change Workshops
Oct. 14-Dec. 9
Build the skills and understanding you need to be a community-engaged leader by learning about mentorship, practicing critical reflection and exploring the ethics of community-engaged learning.

Maribel Garcia Community Spirit Award
Applications due Oct. 15
The Maribel Garcia Community Spirit Award is seeking to fund community work that responds to the needs of those affected by current challenges. A $150 grant is available to help kickstart and/or fuel proposed projects.

Tatkon Center Community-Engaged Learning Series
Oct. 21, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2
Learn how to get involved in research with a public purpose, find for-credit courses that connect you with off-campus communities, and apply for funding for winter break projects.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Award
Applications due Nov. 19
The Class of 1964 John F. Kennedy Memorial Award encourages well-qualified students to enter careers in government or other public service fields. To learn about how to apply for this $15,000 award, register here to join an information session on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m.

Additional Resources

Keep COVID-19 in check. Do the daily check. Live Smarter.