Fall 2020 FAQs
How will Cornell Tech instruction be delivered in the fall? (updated 7/10/20)
Cornell Tech expects to offer classes in a hybrid model for the Fall 2020 semester pending approval from New York State. Students will have the option to take some of their courses in person. Cornell Tech Student Services will send more information about this soon. We will continue to support students who are unable to come to campus. International students should refer to the Office of Global Learning FAQs.
When do classes begin? (added 6/23/20)
Cornell Tech will start online classes on Thursday, August 27, 2020. For more information on important fall 2020 dates and deadlines, please check the Cornell Tech 2020-2021 Academic Calendar.
If I am able to travel to New York, can I still move into The House in August? (added 6/22/20)
Yes. The House will remain open as will the Cafe. As permitted by the city and state, we will open other areas of campus to provide spaces for students to work together (appropriately socially distanced)..
What if I am able to come to New York City in the fall, but don’t want to? (added 6/22/20)
Cornell Tech will provide the same level of support to all students regardless of location.
What are there advantages to living on campus for hybrid instruction? (update 7/10/20)
Being on campus is a convenience that allows students to more easily attend in-person class components. International students should refer to the Office of Global Learning FAQs to understand the implications of being on campus to their immigration status.
How is Cornell Tech handling deferral requests? (updated 7/10/20)
At this time we are not offering deferrals. If you choose to reapply next year, we will waive the application fee and carry over your application materials. We highly recommend that you submit an updated personal statement; resume; and letter of recommendation to keep us posted on your interim accomplishments.
How will new students be welcomed to Cornell Tech? (added 5/29/20)
New students will be welcomed to Cornell Tech through a series of stimulating and exciting virtual events. Please keep an eye on your email over the course of the summer! We will be sending online introductions about our campus, student support resources, and policies. We will also offer virtual team builders this summer prior to the start of the fall semester to get you ready for the upcoming academic year. We hope you will join your peers to learn about campus resources, have fun, meet classmates and build connections!
What are the requirements to participate in the accelerated Summer 2021 semester? (updated 7/10/20)
We intend to offer an accelerated Summer 2021 semester for students who still need to meet graduation and/or visa requirements at no additional cost as long as students do not take more courses than they need to meet graduation requirements
How will Cornell Tech report on positive cases within the campus community? (added 8/26/20)
We will continue to update the home page of our COVID-19 website to include any new cases as we become aware of them. We will also engage with the NYC Department of Health on contact tracing of any cases identified within our community.
Who can be tested? (updated 10/7/20)
Members of the Cornell Tech community who live in The House and have a Cornell NetID, or, live on or off campus and are authorized to access campus academic facilities, should participate in surveillance testing weekly.
Individuals who fail to be tested as instructed, will have their access to campus buildings turned off.
What kind of test is it? (added 9/10/20)
Surveillance testing will be done through anterior nares sampling, a simple, noninvasive nasal swab. Surveillance samples will be sent to the Cornell COVID-19 Testing Laboratory for processing. Learn more about how the test will be administered by watching this video.
How often are students expected to test? (added 9/10/20)
Students, faculty, and staff who have met the criteria to come into Cornell Tech academic spaces (the Bloomberg Center and/or Tata Innovation Center) are required to be tested weekly. Individuals who fail to be tested as instructed, will have their access to campus buildings turned off.
When and where can I be tested? (updated 9/23/20)
We offer three testing windows each week. Please check your email for each week’s testing windows.
Testing will take place in Tata 141/151 under staff supervision.
How accurate is the test? (added 9/10/20)
No medical test is 100% accurate, and tests for COVID-19 are no exception. Nevertheless, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have played a critical role in responding to the pandemic and, where used aggressively, have helped to minimize spread. Among the widely used sample sources for PCR testing, most studies have shown nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs to be most sensitive (i.e., fewer false negative results), with sensitivity estimates during the relevant part of an infection’s time course ranging from 70 to 90%.
Should I participate in the test if I am feeling sick? (added 9/23/20)
If you are feeling sick you should take your temperature. If you have a fever or other cold like symptoms, you should consult with a doctor at Weill Cornell Primary Care by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org where you can make a tele-health appointment. The doctor can review your symptoms with you and instruct you on next steps. If you are instructed to stay home, then please email email@example.com to let us know that you will not be coming in that week for surveillance testing. If you are feeling under the weather but do not have any other COVID symptoms, then you should come to campus to participate in testing while of course maintaining proper safety precautions and using appropriate PPE.
Is it possible to get a housing license agreement that is not for the full year (for example, spring semester only)? (added 6/22/20)
Housing license agreements are for the full year (8/1/20-7/15/21). Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for international students unable to make it to campus in August or early September for the start of the program due to restrictions prohibiting them from traveling to the United States, including restrictions related to their student visa processes. If you are able to arrive mid-fall semester, we will adjust the license agreement period in these circumstances and prorate the rent based on move-in month.
The deadline for accepting my housing assignment was extended to June 10, 2020. Will this be extended? (updated 6/22/20)
We previously extended the deadline for acceptance of housing license agreements and payment of the $800 housing deposit to June 10, 2020. If you have not accepted your housing license agreement and paid the $800 housing deposit by July 15, 2020 we will cancel your housing assignment with the August 1, 2020 start date.
I’ve applied for housing and now I need to pay the $800 housing deposit to accept the license agreement offered. Since classes are expected to be online in the fall semester, am I responsible for the full year license agreement if I decide not to move in? (updated 6/22/20)
If students do not move into The House in August, the bursar charge for rent will be reversed and they will not be responsible for their housing license agreements and the specific housing assignment will be cancelled. The $80 application fee and $800 housing deposit are non-refundable. If a student does not move in for the fall semester and has paid the housing deposit of $800, it will be applied to spring semester rent if the student moves into The House in January 2021.
I’ve received a housing assignment and am not accepting the housing license agreement or paying the $800 deposit. I may want to move in for the spring semester. Does my assignment to this apartment remain in place for the spring? (added 6/22/20)
If you do not accept your housing assignment, pay the $800 housing deposit and move in for the fall semester, your specific apartment assignment will be cancelled by July 16, 2020. We will keep your application active and you can notify us by November 2020 of your request for spring semester housing assignment beginning in January 2021. If you have paid the $800 housing deposit it will be applied towards your rent payment for the spring semester.
If I move into The House and decide that I want to move out during the academic year for any reason, will my rent be prorated? (added 5/1/20)
The housing license agreement term will not be adjusted and rent will not be prorated if students choose to move out.
I’ve received a housing assignment and am not accepting the housing license agreement or paying the $800 deposit. I may want to move in for the spring semester. Does my assignment to this apartment remain in place for the spring? (added 5/22/20)
If you do not accept your housing assignment, pay the $800 housing deposit and move in for the fall semester, your specific apartment assignment will be cancelled. We will keep your application active and you can notify us by November 2020 of your request for spring semester housing assignment beginning in January 2021. If you have paid the $800 housing deposit it will be applied towards your rent payment for the spring semester.
Who is required to quarantine? (updated 8/17/20)
All students arriving in NYC (including those living off-campus) should be prepared to quarantine for up to 14 days. Residents arriving via international travel or from one of the New York State’s Travel Advisory restricted areas must quarantine for at least 14 days, regardless of test results.
Those traveling from domestic locations which are not on the NYS Travel Advisory list are required to quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
What if I test positive for COVID-19? (updated 8/21/20)
Whether or not you live in The House, you will be provided with instructions on how to isolate and how to obtain medical assistance, should you seek it. You are expected to cooperate with all Cornell Tech and NYC Department of Health contact tracing efforts. If you are living in The House you will be directed to use either designated isolation spaces within The House or to a local hotel that participates in NYC’s COVID-19 hotel program. Regardless of isolation location, you will be able to purchase food to be delivered to you and will have access to virtual supportive resources throughout the extent of your isolation period. Isolation will discontinue when you have met the following three criteria: demonstrated improvement in symptoms, 24 hours fever free without the aid of fever reducing medication, and 10 days after your symptoms began. Additional questions on steps to take if you have COVID-19 can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I live in The House, how do I order and receive food and other deliveries during quarantine? (updated 8/17/20)
During quarantine and/or isolation, new residents may order food for delivery from The Café @ Cornell Tech or from other grocery and food establishments. A list of local delivery resources, including household items, can be found here.
Packages and mail for new residents under quarantine will be delivered to the apartment door by building team members.
I live in The House, how will trash be collected during quarantine? (updated 8/17/20)
Residential trash for apartments under quarantine must be sealed in plastic garbage bags and placed in front of each apartment’s door for daily pick up by building staff.
As an international PhD student, how will my immigration status be affected by the hybrid instruction model? (added 7/10/10)
When will labs re-open so that PhD students can resume working in research spaces?
Students can check on the status of their research spaces here.
I am a current PhD student and am currently outside the U.S. or planning to travel internationally. Does this impact the pay I receive through my assistantship? (added 5/22/20)
The Graduate School shared an important message for Ph.D. students located outside the U.S. Students who chose to leave the U.S. and return to their home countries, may now face closed borders and travel restrictions that may impact their ability to return to the U.S. Although students who are outside the U.S. are not normally permitted to hold assistantships, the university will be able to offer assistantships to students who are outside the U.S. during the summer or fall semesters if students left the U.S. prior to May 1st, 2020 and travel restrictions prevent a return. There are several important eligibility criteria described on the Graduate School website.
Students who choose to leave the U.S. after May 1st will not be eligible to hold assistantships if they don’t reenter the country prior to the start of a summer and/or fall 2020 appointment.
If you are outside the U.S., please communicate your location and circumstances right away to Student Services at email@example.com.
I am an incoming PhD student. If I am not able to be in the U.S. for the fall semester will I still be able to receive my assistantship funding?
There are several important eligibility criteria described on the Graduate School website.
As a PhD student, I’m not sure if I will be in Ithaca or NYC for the fall semester. What are my housing options? (added 5/22/20)
If you are interested in living on campus, PhD students are encouraged to consider submitting an application for The House as soon as possible. You will receive a housing assignment offer and you can contact us regarding the specifics of your deadline to put down a deposit. We work with PhD students to accommodate their need to be in Ithaca or NYC during specific semesters of the academic year.
How will my immigration status be affected by the hybrid instruction model? (added 7/10/10)
Can I come to campus in the fall even though classes are virtual? (added 6/22/20)
You should consult with Student Services and the Office of Global Learning on whether your immigration status will allow you to be in the United States if classes are remote. International students should refer to the Office of Global Learning FAQ website here.
What if I need two semesters of residency to qualify for OPT or CPT status but am unable to come to campus for fall semester? (added 6/22/20)
The accelerated Summer 2021 semester will provide international students the opportunity to qualify for the OPT and CPT residency requirements. To participate you must not go beyond the graduation requirements in the fall and spring semesters. International students should refer to the Office of Global Learning FAQ website here.
When do I need to decide if I want to participate in the Summer 2021 accelerated semester? (added 6/22/20)
You should decide by the middle of the fall semester so that your I-20 can be extended accordingly.