Ask a Dean Category: Other/Miscellaneous

Can committee meetings be in-person or should everything be remote?

Hello, What are the guidelines for committee meetings? Is there the option of in-person meetings or should everything be remote? -Planning ahead Response Dear planning ahead, The university’s campus use guidance is that if activities can be conducted remotely, you are encouraged to conduct them remotely.  If there is a real need for an in-person…

If I see people working on campus without approvals, how can I report my concerns?

Hello deans, If I become aware that graduate students, postdocs, staff, and/or faculty are working on campus (e.g., in labs, studios, or offices) without appropriate university approvals prior to the approved, phased re-opening of campus, how can I report my concerns? Sincerely, Concerned Graduate Student Response Dear Concerned Graduate Student, To report behaviors that you…

How can we assure ourselves a parking place on campus?

Dear Deans, My fellow graduate students and some staff in our labs pay over $750 a year for access to the parking lots labeled ‘SC’ (the only permit available to us). This academic year, the parking situation has been absolutely untenable; arriving after ~9:30am (or leaving and coming back) makes it impossible to find a…

How do students get considered for a spotlight?

Dear Deans, Hello, I have seen so many of my colleagues featured in the newsletter, and I would like to possibly be considered for a spotlight before the semester/my time at Cornell ends.  How would that be possible, and to whom would I forward that information? Thank you for your time, Accomplished Student Response Dear…