Ask a Dean Category: Health and Wellness

Can international students travel abroad over winter break and are there specific disadvantages to doing so?

Hello Deans, I’m writing an email to ask some questions about international students’ travel after Thanksgiving. Can international students with F1 visas travel abroad from the end of November (when school goes online) until the end of the winter break? I understand that it’s strongly discouraged, but I want to clearly ask if it’s legally…

Three questions: Is it possible to have a question box for COVID-19 concerns? Why can’t we schedule surveillance tests in advance? Does sharing a house constitute close contact with others?

Hi Deans, Is it possible to have a comments/questions box for COVID-19 related concerns – something similar to the anonymous reporting page that is on covid.cornell.edu but more for quick questions that students can raise to the administration? Unrelated, but I have two specific questions that I’m seeking the answers to: Is there a reason…

Is Cornell planning to open more testing sites soon?

Dear Deans, Are more testing sites planned to be opened soon? The three on-campus sites appear quite crowded now with regular testing required, and the one off-campus site requires a car, which about half of graduate students do not have. Although a cab service is available, taking a cab would also increase exposure. By increasing…

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

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…

Why does it feel like the administration does not value graduate students when making pandemic-related decisions?

Dear Deans, Why does it feel like the administration does not value graduate students when making pandemic-related decisions? It’s becoming increasingly frustrating that the university keeps emphasizing how they need to “control our behavior” and they will do so by means of threatening expulsion. We were put in a position where we have no options…