Ask a Dean Category: Health and Wellness

What are our prospects for resuming in-person research group meetings after members have completed their vaccination cycles?

Dear Deans, I have a question for the Ask a Dean column. Within about five to six weeks from now, all four members of my advisor’s research group will be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna shots (both highly effective). Frankly, we are quite sick of meeting over Zoom and academic progress has also…

When will we receive new guidelines about restrictions for vaccinated persons?

Dear Deans, With the increasing amount of graduate students getting vaccinated, when do you anticipate we receive new guidelines about restrictions for vaccinated persons? Specifically, both my roommate and I are on the same vaccination schedule (receiving our second dose April 10th), and we were wondering if one of us tests positive for COVID-19, do we both…

What happens when international students get sick overseas and not in Ithaca?

Happy (Almost) Spring, Deans! I have a question about student health insurance coverage in case of COVID. I’m worried about worried about health expenses adding up to millions of dollars because American insurance is so horrible. The SHP site indicates telehealth options are available for international students, but what does actually happen when they get…

How does student health insurance work during an internship? Do I have to take a personal leave of absence?

Dear Deans, I have a six-month internship later this year, June – December. My student health insurance will lapse at the end of July, and I am not eligible for health insurance at the internship until September. Do I have to take a personal leave of absence? Is it possible to renew Cornell student health insurance…

Is the new Spring 2021 travel policy applicable to graduate students who live off campus in Ithaca permanently?

Hi Deans, I have a question regarding the new Spring 2021 Travel policy. The new policy for Spring 2021 says that personal travel requests made through the Daily Check tool this semester will only be approved for “Commuting for graduate or professional students, Death of an immediate family member, Medically required care for you or…

Three questions: Can we see accrued sick leave in Workday? What is the process for taking sick leave? What are the changes to the academic leave policy?

Dear Deans,  I have read that, effective January 1st, 2021, any staff that receive a W-2 form must receive sick time accrual for their work which can be used as paid time off and that this policy includes graduate students. Can we see our accrued sick leave in Workday? What is the specific process to…

What is the rationale between the quarantine duration reduction?

Dear Deans, I hope you got a good rest during the break! I was wondering if you could provide some information on the scientific rationale behind reducing the quarantine time to five days (with two negative results) for anyone that traveled over the holidays. I just want to feel safer around my traveler labmates. Thanks!…