How can I find out about the petition process and the different reduced testing frequencies that will be available?

Date: August 2020

Question

Dear Deans: 

Cornell’s Surveillance Testing program says a petition process for graduate research degree students to qualify for reduced testing frequency will be available in early September. How can I find out about the petition process and the different reduced testing frequencies that will be available?

-Curious About Surveillance


Response

Dear Curious About Surveillance:

Thank you for your Ask a Dean question. The Graduate School will communicate the details about the petition process to all Graduate School students in early September. Watch Announcements and the Graduate School’s COVID-19 Updates for information.

For graduate research degree students who are on campus infrequently, with limited interaction with other people and for whom coming to campus for periodic surveillance testing would be a hardship (e.g., because of at-home child care responsibilities), the required testing frequency may be reduced (by petition) from weekly to once every other week. For graduate research degree students who are functioning 100% remotely for their research, scholarship, and coursework, the testing requirement may be waived (by petition) so that they are not required to participate in surveillance testing.

We also anticipate that there will be a process for graduate students to request more frequent testing (e.g., twice per week instead of the required once per week) if they are in frequent contact with others, particularly undergraduate students, on campus. We will publicize information about Surveillance Testing frequency petition/waiver processes when available.

Thanks for your patience as the university works through the details.

Warm regards,

Barb

Barbara A. Knuth
Dean of the Graduate School