COVID-19 information

CAU is working with Cornell leadership to help ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community. Please visit the Cornell Covid-19 Response and Information for Visitors pages for the most up-to-date information.

We encourage visitors to assess for themselves the level of risk they are willing to accept when visiting and staying on campus this summer.

As you consider your decision, please familiarize yourself with the extra health and safety measures established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State, and New York State.

COVID-19 requirements

If you plan to visit Cornell University, you must meet the requirements outlined below.

When you check in with a CAU staff member upon arrival at Toni Morrison Hall, you must show your COVID-19 vaccination or test documentation (see below), along with a photo ID matching the name on your CAU registration. A photo, photocopy, screenshot, or proof stored on an electronic device is acceptable.

Failure to produce these documents on site will result in your exclusion from the program without a refund.

If fully vaccinated

You must present proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine upon arrival at CAU.

For proof of vaccination, you may use one of the following:

  • A CDC Vaccination Record card. A photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable. The card must include your name, vaccine brand, lot number, dose dates, and the site administrator.
  • An official immunization record from within or outside the U.S., including from your health care provider. This documentation must include, at a minimum: your name, vaccine brand, and dose dates, along with the name of the certifying agency providing the immunization record. International documentation must be translated into English, including your name.
  • The NYC COVID Safe App: This app is available via the Android or iOS stores. It will store a photo of your CDC vaccination card or other official record, along with your photo ID.
  • A NYS Excelsior Pass (or Excelsior Pass Plus): Available via the Android or iOS stores.
  • Cornell students, staff, and faculty may present proof of vaccination using their personal Cornell University Daily Check account.

In the event of a medical exemption

You must present one of the following:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the form of an FDA- or DOH-authorized PCR, rapid PCR, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) collected within taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at CAU.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the form of an FDA-authorized antigen test performed on a specimen collected within six hours prior to arrival at CAU.
  • If you are traveling by air to CAU, results of a negative COVID-19 test in the form of an FDA- or DOH-authorized PCR, rapid PCR, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) collected within 72 hours prior to boarding your flight.
  • If you are traveling by air to CAU, an FDA-authorized antigen test performed on a specimen collected within six hours prior to boarding your flight.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR, rapid PCR, NAAT, or antigen) must include:

  • The name of the health care facility or testing program providing the result
  • Your name, which must match the photo identification you present upon arrival
  • The date and time the sample was taken
  • The testing methodology (PCR, rapid PCR, NAAT, or antigen)
  • The result of "negative" or "not detected"

Health Services

On campus

For on-campus medical care, visit

Cornell Health
110 Ho Plaza (next to Willard Straight Hall)
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607.255.4082
Cornell Health is open Monday through Friday during the summer (see hours).

To reach the answering service after hours or on weekends, call 607.255.5155 or contact University Police at 607.255.1111.

Area hospitals and clinics

For off-campus medical care, visit

Cayuga Medical Center
101 Dates Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607.274.4411 (emergency department)
Open 24/7

Convenient Care/Urgent Care Center
10 Arrowwood Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607.274.4150
Open every day, 7:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

WellNow Urgent Care
Non-emergency walk-in clinic
740 South Meadow Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607.319.4563
Open every day, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Please note that registrants are responsible for their own medical care.

Safety

Cornell University Police Department (CUPD)

Cornell University Police operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, from G-2 Barton Hall.

To contact CUPD

If reporting an emergency

  • Call 911 on any phone on the Cornell campus.
  • You can also use a Blue Light or other campus emergency phone.

If reporting a non-emergency

  • Do not call 911
  • Call 607.255.1111

Blue Light telephones

Blue Light telephones are located throughout campus and provide direct communication with the Cornell Police. If you need assistance, or in an emergency, pick up the receiver or push the button. Officers will know your location automatically and respond quickly.