Arrival on Campus (Updated 8/12/20)

Arrival Timing

Because of the unusual travel complications, some graduate and professional students may be arriving throughout the month of August and beyond. As with any semester, students who are planning to be in the Ithaca area and wish to participate in in-person classes should be here before classes begin on September 2. 

Students who are traveling from abroad or any of the 34+ states that are on NYS’ list of travel-restricted states are required by state regulations to complete a 14 day quarantine. That suggests arrival by August 17th should be a final target if you are planning to enroll for in-person fall study.

Late Arrival

We realize that students are experiencing a range of travel difficulties, quarantine delays, and visa challenges. We know that many students will be arriving late, or abruptly shifting to a fully-remote semester from their current location. Students who cannot arrive and quarantine before September 2 may coordinate with their fields for a late arrival up until October 5. After that date, most international students will need to delay their arrival and travel plans until the start of the spring term to meet ICE guidelines. Talk with your graduate field if you do not think you will in in Ithaca by October 5 about the academic impact of delaying your arrival plans to Spring 2021. You can also consult with Global Learning.

Before Traveling to Ithaca

Prior to departing for Ithaca, all students are asked to quarantine for 14 days and, if possible, obtain a COVID-19 PCR test in their local area. Testing before returning to Ithaca does not exempt you from the subsequent initial and ongoing testing requirements.

In addition, follow personal health guidelines, including scrupulous attention to hand hygiene, adherence to physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings, and, most importantly, wearing facial coverings as required.

More information about quarantine.

Re-Entry Checklist

The Re-entry Checklist is the guide to a safe start to the semester, and all students, whether on campus or remote, are required to complete the check-list prior to enrolling in classes. All students, before enrolling in classes, must complete the COVID-19 educational training and attest to the Behavioral Compact. This includes all graduate students, even those who are enrolling only in research credits. If students do not attest to the Behavioral Compact, whether or not they will be in Ithaca this fall, they will not be permitted to enroll in classes or to participate in university activities. The Checklist can be updated if plans change.

Required information includes, among other items, a local address for the fall semester (for students living off campus in the Ithaca area) and emergency contact information. In addition, students must provide the address where they were staying for the two weeks immediately preceding travel to Ithaca. This will be important for students who may be traveling from areas other than their permanent address.

Students living off campus should schedule their required arrival test through the Re-Entry Checklist. Students already living in the Ithaca area, and who have not done so already, should schedule their test through the Re-entry Checklist today.

If arrival or address plans change, students should update fall housing and arrival information on the Re-entry Checklist as soon as possible.

More information on the Re-Entry Checklist and the Behavioral Compact.

Behavioral Compact

Now live, the Behavioral Compact (PDF) outlines the behaviors that all Cornell students must attest to if they will be living in the Ithaca area. Before enrolling in classes, all students, including graduate and professional students, must complete the COVID-19 educational training and attest to the Behavioral Compact. This also includes graduate students only enrolling in research credits. If students do not attest to the Behavioral Compact, whether or not they will be in Ithaca this fall, they will not be permitted to enroll in classes or to participate in university activities.

The compact is good for the entire year.

More information on the Behavioral Compact.