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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, health insurance is required, and Cornell offers a first-rate, low-cost, student health insurance. If you come with your own health insurance plan, be sure to contact the Cornell Law School Financial Aid office, which will provide you with information to opt-out of the student health insurance plan.

Cornell Resources

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

Student Disability Services (SDS)
(607) 254-4545
Provides services to students with disabilities and special needs.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
(607) 255-5155
Need someone to talk to regarding a minor or more serious mental health issue? CAPS can help. They will refer you to someone in the area, if they feel it is necessary.

Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Service (EARS)
(607) 255-3277
Provides peer counseling.  In addition to EARS is HAVEN, an outreach service for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender community at Cornell.

Community Resources

Cayuga Medical Center
101 Dates Drive (on the other side of Cayuga Lake)
(607) 274-4011
This is the 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.

Wellness

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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