Ask a Dean Category: Policies and Requirements

Will Cornell be easing its restrictions on graduate student personal travel?

Dear Deans, Given the recent announcements from both NY and the CDC that fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to quarantine when traveling, will Cornell be easing its restrictions on graduate student personal travel (at least for those individuals that are vaccinated) within the days to come? Recent evidence suggests that the real world performance…

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…

Is there a possibility of extending the deadlines for students graduating in August?

Dear deans, I hope this email finds you well. I am a second-year M.S. student and an incoming Ph.D. student this fall. I recognize that the Graduate School extended the M.S. thesis submission deadlines for students graduating in May already, and I’m writing to explore the possibility of extending the deadlines for students graduating in August as well. I understand the original draft submission deadline…