Ask a Dean Category: Other/Miscellaneous

Why do some of the windows in Morrill Hall no longer open?

Dear Deans, I am writing in relation to the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge (signed by Cornell), Cornell’s existing pledge to environmental stewardship, and the renovations taking place on Morrill Hall. I’m hoping to have you help me understand why many of us are no longer able to open our windows. Over the summer,…

Why are some parts of campus not well lit?

Dear Deans, Thank you for your time reading and answering my question. I would like to know why some parts of campus are not very well lit. Do you have special light systems used only in winter? I ask this because I have heard that during winter, it gets dark very early (sometimes around 5)…

Can we invest in silent air conditioners?

Dear Dean,  I’m in class in Rockefeller Hall as I write this email [on a hot day]. I’m trying to focus on the professor teaching highly technical concepts and I cannot hear his voice over the sound of raging construction right at the window. We would close the window but we are already sweating profusely…

Can you refer me to any legal services in Tompkins County?

Hello, I am not certain if you are the correct person to contact, but I am wondering if there are any legal services provided to graduate students at Cornell. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Best, Legally-minded Graduate Student Response Dear Legally-minded Graduate Student, Several local resources are available to help you, depending on your…

Where is the best place to drop off compost?

Dear Deans: Where is the best place to drop off food scraps since I can’t have a compost pile in my backyard? Cheers, Got-Compost-Envy Response Dear Got-Compost-Envy, Thanks very much for your Ask a Dean question!  Since you mention having a backyard, I assume you’re living off campus. See the list of Food Scraps Recycling Drop…

How do I update my address in Workday?

Hi, I just went onto Workday to download my W2. I noticed that my address is out of date. I was wondering how I can update this address. I tried clicking on the “Personal Information” and then “Contact Info” under the change bar but do not see any options for editing the information. According to…

What is Cornell’s rationale for discriminatory pricing policies for parking?

Dear Deans, I am a graduate student living in Hasbrouck Apartments, a Cornell-owned housing community. Parking at Hasbrouck is by permit only, and permits are sold by Cornell Transportation Services. Strikingly, graduate students have to pay twice the price as employees (e.g., postdocs) to receive the same parking privilege, even though a substantial portion of…