Isolation, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing
1. If I elect in-person instruction and later test positive, what should I do given the Law School’s required attendance policy?
Your first and foremost concern is your health. If you test positive, you should contact Cornell Health for guidance and next steps, including direction to the Law School’s advising offices as or if appropriate. The Law School’s advising offices are the Dean of Students Office and the Graduate Legal Studies Office advises LLMs and JSDs. These offices can work with a student to both maintain privacy and comply with the Law School’s attendance policy requiring notice if three or more class days are missed for any reason. With consultation, the advising offices can assist students who have tested positive with switching from in-person instruction to remote instruction for the period of isolation, quarantine, or illness.
2. Should I register with Student Disability Services (SDS) in order to obtain an academic accommodation for my courses?
Yes, we recommend that you do so as soon as possible, including for (physical and mental) health conditions and chronic illnesses that may put you at elevated risk for or increase your concern about COVID-19. Keep in mind that the Law School Procedures for Accommodations require all accommodations requests to be (anonymously) approved by the faculty Administrative Committee. You should not attempt to secure accommodations from individual faculty as the procedures are designed with student confidentiality and privacy in mind, as well as to ensure consistent, comprehensive support for all qualified students.
1. If I test positive and need to go home to be closer to family or my personal support team, how is that arranged and who is responsible for paying?
For many law and other professional school students, Ithaca is your home. If you choose to return to a location where your family or other support team members are located, you will be responsible for the logistics and costs associated with that travel.
2. What will happen if New York state guidelines require students from certain states or countries to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival?
All law students should familiarize themselves with New York’s current travel advisory that could potentially impact planning for those who elect in-person study and are traveling from certain countries or states. If you are currently residing out-of-state or planning out-of-state travel prior to returning for in-person instruction, we encourage you to stay apprised of any ongoing travel restrictions and plan accordingly. Students who elect in-person instruction will be expected to attend class in that format unless they test positive and need to isolate as a public safety and health precaution. You should plan to arrive in Ithaca with enough time to quarantine for the required amount of time prior to the start of classes on Tuesday, August 25th.
3. If a student has to stay in a hotel, who brings their belongings to them? Especially if they have items pre-shipped?
Because most law students do not live in campus housing where residential life staff could help facilitate obtaining additional personal belongings, students who cannot safely quarantine or isolate in their Ithaca residence should bring enough of their belongings on their person to stay for a night or two in a local hotel. If additional items are needed, the student should notify the Law School Dean of Students Office to determine what additional assistance may be available from appropriate campus and community partners.
1. If I have health conditions that put me in elevated risk categories for COVID-19, what should I do?
If you elect to take your classes in-person — as available — and are in an elevated risk category, register with Student Disability Services (SDS) if you need accommodations. Keep in mind that all law students have the option to elect to take all classes remotely and are encouraged to consult with their health care provider to make the best, most informed decision based on individual circumstances.
1. Will it be possible for a friend, sibling, or parent to visit me on campus? In Ithaca?
Visitors to campus are discouraged and will be significantly restricted, at least through the fall semester. Access to Law School buildings and grounds will be strictly limited to Law School students, faculty, and staff. Members of the Law School community must visibly display their Law School ID or magnetic name tag at all times.
2. May I bring my younger child, sibling, family friend, or others interested in enrolling in Cornell to campus for a campus visit?
Given the need to de-densify the campus to facilitate physical distancing and the fact that visitors may unknowingly bring COVID-19 into our community, law school visitors will be significantly restricted, at least through the fall semester.