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A guide for students arriving at Cornell

Arrival for on-campus residents from states on the New York State travel advisory

August 7, 2020

Individuals traveling from states subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine under New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order will be required to quarantine upon entry into New York state. For an updated list of states with travel restrictions, please visit:
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

Prior to coming to Cornell, quarantine for 14 days in New York, or in a state not currently under the New York State travel advisory. Absent a hardship exception (for which the deadline to apply was August 6), due to the expansion of the states now under entry quarantine restrictions, we are no longer able to provide quarantine housing arrangements for all students. This is a change from what had been previously communicated.

If you are unable to quarantine for 14 days in New York or in a state not currently under the New York State travel advisory, you should prepare to begin the semester online. As states are removed from the New York travel advisory list, or quarantine requirements otherwise change, you will have the option to return to campus. Cornell Housing will monitor the travel advisory and communicate arrival options as states are removed.

Responses to requests for exception will be sent by August 10. If you are approved for a hardship exception to quarantine on campus you should plan to arrive on August 17.




July 23,2020

A Guide for All Students Arriving from Non-Quarantine States, August 23rd through September 1st

Guiding Principles for COVID Response

  • Caring for our students
  • Safeguarding our future as a world-class academic institution
  • Maintaining our staffing
  • Seeking new knowledge

Overall Move in Plan --- August 2020

August 23 and 24: Students arrive from non travel restricted states, 2,000 each of the two days, are tested, and placed in overnight quarantine in a single in their designated residences

August 25: 800 additional students arrive, are tested, and transported to a hotel to await results. If negative, taken to designated residence; if positive, moved into 14 day isolation

August 26: No new students arrive.

August 27: 800 additional students arrive, are tested, transported to hotel to await results. If negative, taken to designated residence; if positive, moved into 14 day isolation

August 28: No new students arrive.

August 29: 800 additional students arrive, are tested, transported to hotel to await results. If negative, taken to designated residence; if positive, moved into 14 day isolation

August 30: No new students arrive.

August 31: Catch up day for test results.

September 1: Final catch up day

September 2: Classes start!

Move-In Arrival Information

As noted in the previous slide, there are multiple check-in days and processes, due to the availability of beds on campus. Students assigned to arrive on 8/23 and 8/24 will go quarantine in residence halls. Students assigned to arrive between 8/25 through 8/31 will quarantine in area hotels.

Prior to arrival, students will receive a detailed email communication about the move-in process, the day, time, and location of arrival assignment, and access to a placard to print and bring with you. This placard will indicate the residence hall to which the student has been assigned, and acts as confirmation that you are authorized to arrive and be tested on that day and time.

You must adhere to your scheduled date and time, no exceptions.

If You Plan on Traveling Via A Personal Vehicle or Car Service: Assigned to Arrive August 23rd or 24th

Prior to arrival, students will receive a detailed email communication about the move-in process, and access to a placard to print and place on their vehicle’s dashboard. This placard will indicate the residence hall to which the student has been assigned, and acts as confirmation that you are authorized to be tested on that day and time.

This email will include a date, time and location to report for initial Check-in testing and move in. You must adhere to your scheduled date and time, no exceptions.

  • Testing sites are still being finalized
  • We have the capacity to test 2,000 students on Sunday, 8/23 and another 2,000 students on Monday, 8/24

During the check-in process, students will be given:

  • A “Welcome Kit” that contains 2 reusable face coverings, a thermometer, key fob and hand sanitizer
  • Boxed meals for the time in quarantine (overnight)
  • Students arriving on these dates will be tested and then driven and dropped off near the residence to which they have been assigned.

Students will be given a wristband or other form of confirmation by staff at the testing site to show that they have been tested and be permitted to enter their residence hall. Parents/guardians/friends will not be permitted to enter the residence hall.

Remember:  students are limited to bringing two suitcases and a backpack, as they will need to move themselves in to their residence hall.

  • Students will be expected to quarantine overnight in their assigned residence hall.
  • All students arriving on August 23 and 24 will be placed alone in their assigned rooms, no roommates.
  • Students will be permitted to leave their room only to use the restroom.
  • RAs, RHDs, and House staff will be on-site to assist students and online programs will be available.
  • As test results become available the next day, students who test negative will be released from quarantine and permitted to leave their assigned room.
  • Students who test positive will be moved to a local hotel for isolation. Cornell will arrange for transportation to the local hotel and meals will be provided.

If You Plan On Travelling Via Public Transportation – Bus: Assigned to Arrive August 23rd or 24th

  • You will receive an email to include a date, time and location to report for initial check-in testing and move in. You must adhere to your scheduled date and time, no exceptions.
  • Students who arrive by BUS will be dropped off at a testing site, be tested, receive their welcome kit and meals and then proceed to their assigned room.
  • All other requirements of quarantine remain the same as those for students arriving by car.

If You Plan On Travelling Via Public Transportation – Plane: Assigned to Arrive August 23rd or 24th

  • You will receive an email to include a date, time and location to report for initial check-in testing and move in. You must adhere to your scheduled date and time, no exceptions.
  • Students who arrive by PLANE will need to make arrangements from the airport to Ithaca on their designated test date and time.
  • UBER, LYFT or TAXI: you will be instructed to go to a testing site. We will provide you with the welcome kit and meals for your first night in quarantine.
  • Once you have been tested, the car service you came on will have to drop you off near your assigned residence hall.

Move-in Instructions August 25th – 31st

  • All of the above instructions remain the same except quarantine will occur in a local hotel.
  • You will be given hotel assignment information prior to arrival in Ithaca; all arrangements are being made by Cornell, including payment for the room.
  • You must first report to your assigned testing site.
  • Negative results will be communicated to students who will be moved into their on-campus residences. Transportation will be provided.
  • Positive results will be communicated to students who will be moved into appropriate isolation housing. Transportation will be provided.

Re-Entry Checklist

  • All students should have received a re-entry checklist in their email on Friday, July 17th
  • This is due no later than Sunday, July 26th
  • Home Address
    • This is to help us better understand where students are coming from and is essential for our planning.
    • Please provide the address where you will be prior to coming to Ithaca regardless of whether this is your permanent address.

Upperlevel Students Arriving for On-Campus Housing

All of the above requirements apply to all incoming students, including attesting to the Cornell Behavioral Compact.

The biggest and only difference for upperlevel students is that, unlike prior years, we will be determining the date and time that you must check in, in order to complete the required testing protocols. You will receive an email with this information; there will be no exceptions.

Off-campus, upperlevel students will be expected to abide by all testing, quarantine and/or isolation rules, acceptable behaviors, etc.

In summary, we all have a shared fate, and all must abide by NYS public health requirements in order to ensure a safe, successful and in-person educational experience this fall.

We trust in your commitment to this and know that we can do this together.

Get Ready to Dine at Cornell

  • Cornell Dining has implemented five key initiatives to help keep you safe while dining on campus. 
  • Sign up for an account with OpenTable. We will be taking reservations for take-out service and limited dine-in service at our residential dining rooms.
  • Order ahead from satellite locations and cafes using the GET app:
    • Visit get.cbord.com/Cornell and log in with your Cornell NetID
    • Choose “GET Food” in the main menu
    • Select eatery, choose your items, and submit!
  • Use GET My Card (in the GET app) for contactless payment through your meal plan.
  • Sustainability is still a priority. You can purchase our reusable container for takeout service. Bring it back rinsed and you'll be provided with a newly sanitized container for your next meal. 
  • Face covering requirements are strictly enforced in all of our eatery locations.
  • Look for the following helpful ways to navigate our locations:
    • Email diningnutrition@cornell.edu for questions regarding dietary needs
    • Check now.dining.cornell.edu to see hours of eateries and browse menus
    • Keep an eye out for directional signage in our locations to help keep you safe and distanced
    • Email dining@cornell.edu with any questions– we look forward to seeing you!

Cornell Store Operating Status

  • The Cornell Store on central campus will be open this fall!
  • We are following all NYS and university standards, including:
    • Implementing protocols for physical distancing
    • Strict sanitization measures
    • Requiring face coverings
    • Limiting the number of customers in the store at any given time
  • Updates for the store may be found at: https://www.cornellstore.com/covid-19
  • We are offering expanded online order pickup options:
    • Curbside pickup
    • Store pickup by appointment which will reduce wait time and limit contact with other customers

Textbooks & Course Materials

  • To maintain physical distancing and reduce contact, in-person textbook shopping and browsing at the Main Store will not be available for fall 2020. In-store shopping in other departments will be available.
  • All textbooks purchased through the Cornell Store must be pre-ordered online and either scheduled for curbside or store pickup or shipped.
  • Course materials will be available to order online in conjunction with courses opening for enrollment.
  • We recommend that students begin pre-ordering course materials when enrollment opens.
  • More information on ordering textbooks and course materials can be found at https://www.cornellstore.com/about-textbooks

The Cornell Store’s Instant Access Program

  • We have worked closely with the Office of the Provost and university faculty to significantly increase the digital textbook options for courses, allowing for instant and contactless delivery.
  • This semester, many faculty are using digital textbooks in place of physical books.
  • Many courses are participating in the Cornell Store’s Instant Access Program which provides automatic access to digital course materials directly in Canvas by the start of the course.
    • No advance purchase is necessary
    • Students have 2 weeks from start of class to decide whether to keep access to the digital textbook or to opt-out
    • Access materials are billed to the student’s bursar account

Bedding and Room Essentials

  • The Cornell Store and Cornell Housing & Residential Life are collaborating with DormCo to provide a convenient solution for ordering bedding and supplies
  • Students living on campus in residence halls can have their order delivered directly to their room prior to their arrival.
  • Orders must be placed by August 7, 2020 for delivery to on-campus rooms
  • Students living off-campus, co-ops, or in Greek Life housing can place orders for shipment at any time using their housing address
  • Contactless delivery fee is a flat rate of $2.95 to both residence hall rooms and to off-campus addresses