COVID-19 Graduate School Information

Cornell University is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety, and well-being of our community is our top priority, and we are working closely with local and state public health officials.

Please view the following pages as well as Cornell’s COVID-19 website for regularly updated information.

Updates for the Graduate Community

Graduate School Updates
Compilation of pandemic-related statements from Graduate School leadership.

Fall 2020 Information

Arrival Information (updated August 12, 2020)
Arrival (and late arrival) in Ithaca, the Re-entry Checklist, and Behavioral Compact.

Course and Modality (updated August 12, 2020)
Course enrollment timeline, modality of fall courses, and impact on graduate student travel and academic expectations.

Funding (updated August 12, 2020)
Funding updates and responses to frequently asked questions.

Health Information (updated August 12, 2020)
Cornell Health services, the Student Health Plan, and public health resources.

Miscellaneous (updated August 12, 2020)
Additional information on Cornell’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quarantine and Isolation (updated August 12, 2020)
Quarantine and isolation definitions as well as guidelines for proper quarantine and isolation.

Teaching Assistantships (updated August 12, 2020)
Information for teaching assistants both in and outside the U.S. as well as frequently asked questions regarding TA assignments.

Faculty and Fields

Faculty Information (updated August 3, 2020)
Compilation of statements from Graduate School leadership and additional resources for faculty and fields.

Mentoring Remotely During Disruption (updated April 2, 2020)
A guide to mentoring remotely during disruption

Recent University Messages and Updates

Ithaca Campus Moving to COVID Alert Level Green (September 16, 2020)

Ithaca Campus Moving to COVID Alert Level Yellow (September 3, 2020)

Important Message Regarding New York State Guidelines (September 2, 2020)

Surveillance Testing Set to Begin September 3 (September 1, 2020)

Important Information for the Fall Semester (August 31, 2020)

COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard and Alert System (August 25, 2020)

Surveillance Testing Set to Begin September 2 (August 20, 2020)

Life on Campus This Fall (August 17, 2020)

Limiting On- and Off-Campus Gatherings (August 17, 2020)

Fall 2020 Course List and Enrollment Guide (August 7, 2020)

Cornell Student Behavioral Compact Now Available in Re-Entry Checklist (August 5, 2020)

President Pollack Emphasizes Science Behind Reactivation Decision (August 5, 2020)

COVID Testing Program Update (August 4, 2020)

Recent Town Halls for Graduate and Professional Students

Town Hall with Cornell, Ithaca College, and TC3 Leadership (August 18, 2020)

Student Forum on Student Life on Campus This Fall (August 20, 2020)

Student Forum on the Cornell Behavioral Compact (August 6, 2020)

Move-in and Quarantine Update for Students and Parents (July 31, 2020)

Town Hall for Graduate and Professional Students (July 22, 2020)

Student Forum on Campus Reactivation (July 22, 2020)

International Graduate and Professional Student Town Hall (July 17, 2020)

Student Forum on Campus Reactivation (July 15, 2020)

Employee Assembly Staff Open Forum (July 9, 2020)

International Town Hall for Students, Parents, and Alumni (July 9, 2020)

Ithaca Area Community Town Hall on Cornell Reactivation (July 8, 2020)


Remote Working, Teaching, and Learning (updated August 17, 2020)

Additional Resources (updated August 12, 2020)

Student FAQs

Ask a Dean
See the responses to student questions about the pandemic

Student FAQs (updated July 31, 2020)
Responses from Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Graduate School Dean Barbara Knuth to student questions regarding reactivation.