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Health, Wellness, and Safety

Health Care

For a small city, Ithaca has comprehensive and high-quality healthcare. Service organizations and advocacy groups have an active voice in the local community.

At Cornell University, students pay a Student Health Fee to help support subsidized, affordable care available to all students on campus. Students are also required to have health insurance that meets Cornell’s requirements or enroll in a Student Health Plan (visit Student Health Benefits for details).

Cornell Resources

Cornell Health
110 Ho Plaza
(607) 255-5155
Student health center adjacent to the Law School. Visit for all types of illnesses, wellness, and mental health concerns. Cornell Health offers physical therapy at a satellite location.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Cornell Health
110 Ho Plaza
(607) 255-5155
Need someone to talk to regarding a minor or more serious mental health issue? CAPS provides individual and group counseling, drop-in consultation, workshops, and referrals to community resources and providers.

Student Disability Services (SDS) at Cornell Health
110 Ho Plaza
(607) 254-4545
Assists students with accommodations that facilitate equal access to learning, living, and other experiences at Cornell.

Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Service (EARS)
Provides training, workshops, and outreach to promote mental health, well-being, and help-seeking among the Cornell campus community.

Community Resources

Cayuga Medical Center
101 Dates Drive (on the other side of Cayuga Lake)
(607) 274-4011
This is Ithaca’s local hospital. There is a convenient care branch that treats patients with non-emergency cases. This is located at the intersection of Uptown Road and Warren Road in Lansing, (607) 274-4150.

Tompkins County Department of Health
This site offers everything from environmental health to a listing of immunization clinics in the county.

American Cancer Society
21 Adams Street (District office)
Endicott, NY 13760
(800) 227-2345

American Red Cross
Schedules of local blood drives.


Law school, like the practice of law itself, provides an almost unique level of intellectual stimulation. However, it is also a demanding endeavor that requires enormous investments of time and effort, which can cause anxiety and related problems.

Among law schools, Cornell Law School is a leader in recognizing that teaching habits which foster good health and effective time and stress management skills is a critical part of legal education.

Our students are encouraged to take part in the many cultural, athletic, spiritual and artistic opportunities that the Cornell University campus and our surrounding community have to offer.

We also encourage our students to seek assistance whenever a physical or emotional problem begins to develop – early diagnosis and treatment always being key to good health.

Campus Safety

Safety is a top priority for the university. There are several departments at Cornell committed to public safety, emergency preparedness, gorge safety, and environmental health and safety. The Cornell University Police are on campus and on call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

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