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COVID-19 Updates

Visit Cornell's COVID-19 webpage for updates and reactivation planning, or Cornell's COVID-19 Dashboard for the latest information on testing and the most recent alert updates.

UPDATE (12/7/2020): There will be no in-person activities after November 26th, 2020. The spring 2021 start date for in-person activities will be determined at a later date with recommendations from health and safety experts. 

UPDATES (11/17/2020): County Officials Hold COVID-19 Update, Share Holiday Gathering Guidance [Download Press Release] 

Stay Safe for the Holidays [Download Flyer]

UPDATE (11/10/2020): COVID-19 Travel and Visitor Policy for Cornell University (Ithaca Campus) - revised November 10, 2020

UPDATE (10/27/2020): There will be no in-person activities after November 26th, 2020. In-person activities are planned to resume March 15th, 2021 (tentative).

In compliance with Provost Kotlikoff's and Vice President Opperman's recent message, all in-person university-sponsored events and activities will be suspended at least through the end of September.

Student Organization Events - For Fall 2020

Starting October 5, student organizations are permitted to host in-person events for 10 people or less. Reservations for event space and student study space will be streamlined through one app this semester using the Chatter platform.

Guidelines on how to register and how to book space are online now. Please note, all student groups will also need to register their events in Campus Groups for event management and contact tracing expectations.

Event Planning

Each year, thousands of events are sponsored by student organizations, university departments, and visitors to Cornell University. Cornell's beautiful campus and buildings form a memorable backdrop for any kind of special event. To preserve the beauty and historic nature of these buildings and areas, and to ensure the safety of all participants, Cornell University has established a set of requirements governing the registration process & procedures, as well as the appropriate use of these spaces during your event. These policies and procedures must be followed to ensure that the event is safe and in compliance with university policy. During certain times of the year, Cornell has additional requirements or limitations on usage. You will need to check with the sponsoring office or department to learn about possible limitations. Examples of university-wide events include the following: Slope Day, Homecoming, Orientation, Senior Week, and Commencement/Convocation. Conference & Event Services provides numerous resources to those wishing to plan events on Cornell's campus. Staff members can assist with:

  • Contract Negotiation
  • Ticketing
  • Budget Management
  • Production
  • Safety & Security
  • Talent/Artist selection
  • Promotion and Publicity
  • Hospitality
  • Volunteer and staffing issues

Please contact us if you're interested in learning more about event planning/management resources available to you or your organization.

We also oversee the University Events Team (UET), a group of university officials available to assist with planning your event.