End-of-semester Checklist, Expanded Parking, Sustainability Conference

November 6, 2020

Dear Cornell Students,

Last week, I sent a message with important year-end dates and requirements. If you haven’t already, please complete your end-of-semester checklist by Nov. 13 and, if you’ll be departing campus, take time to review updates regarding medical and mental health support during intersession.

With just a few weeks before Thanksgiving break and our transition to remote learning for all students, keep up your great work in following Cornell’s public health guidelines. We are grateful for your commitment and dedication to keeping our campus safe thus far.

As exams approach and you adapt to changing day-to-day routines, this time may be challenging, but I know that you will continue to act as a caring community toward one another, as well as take care of yourselves. Reach out for help when you need it and check on one another. Best of luck with semifinals!


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Important Dates & Deadlines


COVID-19 Updates

Daily Check and surveillance testing after Thanksgiving

All students remaining in the Ithaca area after Thanksgiving must continue to complete the Daily Check health assessment every day, including on weekends and days when you do not plan to come to campus, as well as adhere to your scheduled COVID-19 surveillance tests.

Cornell teams work to limit COVID-19 spread

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Cornell faculty, staff and students are keeping campus and neighboring areas safe from COVID-19.


Campus Life

Ithaca parking regulations now in effect

Off-campus students: City of Ithaca odd/even parking regulations are in effect now through April. 

Cornell expands low-cost Parkmobile options on campus

In August, Transportation Services introduced additional low-cost, short-term options for campus parking, which have now been expanded to additional lots. Learn more about parking options, prices and locations and visit Parkmobile to set up the parking app.

Register now: sorority and fraternity recruitment

Sororities and fraternities will hold virtual recruitment and intake processes after the spring semester begins in February 2021. For more information about joining one of Cornell’s 53 sororities and fraternities, including a schedule and registration link, visit the sorority and fraternity life website.

Save the date: December 2020 Commencement

A virtual event for December graduates will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. Find more information, including how to order your keepsake cap and gown, on the Commencement website.


Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 6 —Post-Election DACA Debrief
    Join Cornell Law Professor Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer and student attorneys for a safe space to discuss the legal future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • Nov. 6—Virtual Game Night
    Play favorites like Among Us, Jeopary, Uno and more with friends across campus.
  • Nov. 14—Take 'n' Make
    Create art inspired by the Johnson Museum collections. Register ahead for pre-packaged materials kits.
  • Nov. 16—Semi-Study Break: World Music of the Moment
    Unwind with a Global Cornell study break, featuring a DJ-hosted hour of music videos from around the world.



Housing & Dining

Getting ready for November departure

Students living in on-campus housing who will be departing campus for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester and winter period should have already signed up for a departure date and time in the housing portal. Find important departure and check-out instructions on the November Departure page.

Celebrate Diwali Nov. 13

In collaboration with the Cornell Asian Alumni Association, Cornell Dining will offer a special menu for the Diwali Festival of Lights, with pickup available from our satellite meal locations.

Breakfast for Dinner is Nov. 18

Enjoy comfort food as you take a break from semifinal exams.

Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast Nov. 26

Students who are remaining in Ithaca and who are permitted on campus are welcome to attend Cornell Dining’s annual traditional Thanksgiving feast, which will have limited seating due to COVID-19 restrictions. Registration opens Nov. 13.

Help name new North Campus residences

On Oct. 8, President Pollack announced that two of the residence halls under construction on North Campus will be named after two of Cornell’s most accomplished alumnae: Ruth Bader Ginsburg '54 and Toni Morrison, MA '55. To submit your ideas and rationale for naming three additional NCRE buildings to honor the legacies of others in Cornell’s history, complete this brief survey by Nov. 23.



Register for Cornell's Winter Session

Students can earn up to four course credits in Cornell’s Winter Session, Jan. 4-23, 2021. Choose from online courses in a wide range of subjects to help you catch up or get ahead in your studies. See the winter course roster for a complete list of offerings. The deadline to register is Jan. 4, 2021.

Reminder: In-person semifinal exams

Students currently in the Ithaca area who are enrolled in classes with in-person semifinal exams are expected to take them in person. Remember that if you leave the area early or engage in non-essential travel before semifinals, potentially necessitating quarantine, you cannot take in-person semifinals remotely without a formal exception, which you must arrange through your college advising office.

Transition to remote learning with the Learning Strategies Center

The Learning Strategies Center has created a guide to help students prepare for the upcoming transition to remote learning, as well as an updated guide for families to support their students’ learning at home.

2020 State of NY Sustainability Conference, Dec. 2-4

Join faculty, staff and students from New York state colleges and universities and learn how to promote sustainable practices on campus. Registration ends Nov. 20.


Wellness & Recreation

Last chance to get your flu vaccination on campus

Cornell Health is offering additional flu vaccination clinics before Thanksgiving to help students meet their university requirement. Students may attend an on-campus clinic or upload proof of an off-campus vaccination to Cornell Health. Visit the Cornell Health website for more information.

Planning for your health care needs

Leaving campus during Thanksgiving break or traveling during intersession? Cornell Health will continue offering medical and mental health telehealth services to students in New York state. Students leaving the state should plan now for your medical, mental health and prescription needs during intersession, as eligibility for Cornell Health services depends on your location.

2021 Group Fitness Schedule

Help Cornell Fitness Centers plan their spring 2021 virtual group fitness schedule by filling out this survey.


Public Service & Engagement

Equity and Belonging Workshops
The Dean of Students’ diversity and inclusion team offers a variety of workshops and trainings on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion; social justice; allyship and bystander intervention; and identity and belonging. 

Newman Civic Fellowship
Applications due Nov. 19
This national, yearlong Campus Compact program provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help students develop strategies for social change.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Award
Applications due Nov. 19
This $15,000 award encourages well-qualified students to enter careers in government or other public service fields, where remuneration may be low or slow to accumulate.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 transmision increases indoors. Wear a mask and stay six feet apart when inside with friends.