Ask a Dean Category: Student Life

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…

Is there a mailing list, website, or calendar where I can find out about upcoming talks?

Dear Deans, I have had the chance to hear some really cool speakers while here at Cornell. I wish, though, that it was easier to find out about interesting speakers outside my discipline. My undergrad had a monthly forum with outside speakers (Bryan Stevenson, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, Doris Kearns Goodwin…) and weekly forums with…

Why are we still being charged the semesterly Student Activity Fee?

Hi Deans, I’m wondering why we’re still being charged the semesterly Student Activity Fee when there’s been a noted lack of activities on campus this semester. Surely the cost of running virtual events and the moratorium on expensing food/refreshments for those student groups that do meet for allowed in-person events cannot compare to what it…

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…

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…

Can you consider posting the following mental health resource?

Dear Grad School Deans, The following might be a useful service if someone is feeling stressed/lonely. You could consider including it in the weekly announcements. Good alternate resource if people can’t get an appointment with Cornell Counseling. I used it yesterday and it was helpful. (There are enough disclaimers before the start of the call…