Spring 2020 FAQs
Is campus still open? (updated 3/23/20)
Yes. All campus buildings and facilities are still open including The House, the Café, Bloomberg Center, and Tata Innovation Center. The Café and Parliament will continue with their regular business hours for take-out only. Graduating students will maintain access through June 15, 2020.
Will The House remain open? What if I want to move out early? (added 3/14/20)
The House at Cornell Tech remains open and fully operational for the students, faculty and researchers who reside in this apartment building. Residents do not need to move out before their license term ends on July 15, 2020. Conversely, we are not terminating license agreements early or pro-rating rent for residents who choose to move out before July 15, 2020. Per standard operations, any resident planning to move out must contact the Housing Office at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to schedule a time to complete check-out procedures with a building team member.
Are visitors allowed in the Bloomberg Center and Tata Innovation Center? (added 3/25/20)
No. To protect the health and wellness of our community, outside guests are not permitted inside Cornell Tech facilities.
Are guests allowed in The House? (added 3/25/20)
The House has temporarily suspended the standard guest policy and is allowing only immediate family members and caregivers to visit.
As a resident in The House, can I be released from my housing license agreement or receive prorated rent credit if I choose to leave? (added 3/26/20)
The House will continue to be open and operational. Residents may choose to leave, but should only do so understanding they are still responsible for the remainder of their license agreement which runs through July 15, 2020. Cornell Tech will not be issuing prorated rent credit. There is not an equitable way to credit students who choose to leave and those who wish to remain in The House since it is the primary place of residence for many students.
Health & Wellness
What is the campus protocol for informing the community of confirmed cases of COVID-19? (added 3/26/20)
Cornell Tech was made aware of the first confirmed case on March 24 and informed the community via email. Future confirmed cases will be updated on the main page of this website.
Due to health information privacy laws, we cannot disclose any information about confirmed cases and ask members of the community to respect individuals’ privacy. Currently, the NYC Department of Health stresses that “everyone in New York City should act as if they have been exposed to COVID-19” and recommends that if you show symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate.
What should I do if I think I could be sick with COVID-19? (updated 3/25/20)
If you are on the Student Health Plan and are experiencing symptoms that you think may be related to COVID-19 such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, call Weill Cornell Medicine during business hours (including weekends) at 646-962-9685 and identify yourself as a Cornell Tech student. You will be scheduled for a virtual appointment which will be conducted on the Weill Cornell Medicine portal app and will cost $25. Call center staff at Weill will send you a personalized link to download their app, which must be done on your phone (not your computer). During the scheduled video visit, the doctor will ask you to explain your concerns, symptoms, and travel or exposure history. Based on the assessment and Department of Health (DOH) guidelines, you will be instructed on the next steps. If you are experiencing these symptoms after business hours, you should self-quarantine and call the office once regular business hours have resumed.
If you are not on the Cornell Student Health Plan and experiencing symptoms, please check with your provider regarding the cost for an appointment.
If you are anxious about your symptoms and it is after business hours, you may contact NYP OnDemand, which is open until midnight, for a virtual urgent care visit. The cost is a flat fee of $49 no matter what your health insurance is.
If you are extremely ill, you may go to the ER at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-Presbyterian at 585 E. 68th Street in Manhattan. Please call 212-746-5454 to let them know you are coming.
What do I do if I have an emergency? (updated 4/1/20)
Call 911 for any immediate emergency. This includes sustaining a personal injury that requires medical attention (bleeding, severe injury, or broken bone). Please also call Cornell Tech Safety & Security 24-hour dispatch office at 646-971-3611. This number is also located on the back of your student ID. It is useful to call this number because Student Services will be alerted to your status and will follow up with you to provide support and resources.
Who can I call if I'm feeling anxious and want to talk with someone? (added 3/20/20)
You may contact Cornell University’s 24 hour phone consultation or the 24 hour NYC crisis counseling 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355).
What does social distancing mean and how does it impact the need to be on campus? (added 3/20/20)
Social distancing involves being aware of how close we are to the people around us. This involves trying to keep six feet away from other people and trying to avoid being in a small space with another person, such as not sharing an elevator, or being in the same huddle room. Students are not required to be on campus to participate in any academic activities. Classes were moved to remote instruction effective March 12, 2020 for the remainder of the spring semester so that everyone in the Cornell Tech community can maintain their health and safety. Students are encouraged to use zoom to collaborate instead of meeting with other students in person on campus. If students need to do essential errands, it is recommended to do them during off peak hours, when there are less people around.
When should I wear a cloth face covering? (added 4/17/20)
On April 15, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order that requires all individuals over the age of 2 to wear a face covering when in public and not able to maintain social distancing measures (at least 6 feet of separation), effective April 17, 2020 at 8 p.m.
While some individuals may already have a mask or face covering, the CDC has provided a wealth of information about cloth face coverings, including instructions for making your own cloth face covering from a bandana or a T-shirt.
Please remember: Wearing a face covering does not replace the need for social distancing or other efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Where do I go if I have a health or wellness question? (added 3/20/20)
Please click here or email email@example.com.
Do the notifications from Ithaca indicating that students should not come back to campus apply to Cornell Tech? (updated 3/20/20)
No. However, Cornell Tech remains open including Bloomberg, Tata, the Café, and The House. Students living in The House may continue to live on campus through the duration of their agreement.
Will the Recognition Ceremony on May 16, 2020 still be held as planned? (updated 4/23/20)
No. This year’s Recognition Ceremony will be virtual and will occur at 10am EST on Friday May 15, 2020. Please use the link that was emailed to you to register by May 1, 2020. We look forward to celebrating with you.
Am I allowed to move home since classes will be online the rest of the semester? (added 3/20/20)
Yes. While not required, students may choose to leave campus if they would like.
Can students still use classrooms for classes that are moved to online instruction? (added 3/11/20)
No. All classes were moved to online instruction for the wellbeing of the Cornell Tech community.
Which courses can be elected to take as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) or dropped this spring 2020? (added 4/3/20)
Cornell Tech’s modified grading policy applies to all courses that held a virtual class session on or after March 12, or had a deliverable or exam due on or after March 12. All MBA, masters level CS, INFO, ECE, ORIE, Studio Electives, and TECH prefix (non-studio electives) that fit these criteria are eligible to choose as S/U or may be dropped. BigCo & Startup Studio and LAW courses will be changed to mandatory S/U, and may not be dropped. If your course did not have a class session or deliverable due on or after March 12, its grading basis may not be changed, and it may not be dropped, even if you have not yet received your grade. Also, please note that while you may withdraw from non-LAW elective classes, you are still responsible for ensuring that you are fulfilling your program’s graduation requirements and remaining as a full-time student.
What is the cut-off date for selecting to take classes as S/U or withdraw from classes? (added 3/27/20)
Students will be eligible to change the grading basis for any class or withdraw from any elective class that is still in session through the end of the term by April 21, 2020 excluding classes that have been converted to S/U only.
Is Cornell Tech extending the date for students to select classes as S/U or withdraw from classes to May 12, 2020 as Cornell University in Ithaca has for undergraduates and some other programs? (added 4/9/20)
No. Unlike Cornell’s Ithaca campus, Cornell Tech did not have a pause between in person and remote instruction and also did not extend the spring 2020 semester. The last date of classes at Cornell Tech is still May 5, 2020. Keeping the dates unchanged allows graduation degrees to be processed in a timely fashion and for diplomas to continue to be mailed in mid to late June.
Am I allowed to take a limited number of classes as S/U? (added 3/27/20)
Cornell University is relaxing course or credit limits to take as S/U for the spring 2020 semester only. You are able to choose to take as many classes as you would like as S/U this semester regardless of the number of S/U classes or credits your program allows.
How does a grade of S/U count towards graduation requirements? (added 3/27/20)
Under the S/U grading basis, courses in which a grade of S is earned can be applied toward fulfillment of graduation requirements, but courses in which a U is earned cannot. If enrolled under the S/U grading basis, a minimum grade of C- is required for successful completion. Additionally, courses taken as S/U do not get factored into the GPA.
Studio requires a “B” or better in either Product Studio or BigCo Studio/Startup Studio. I didn’t receive a B or better the first semester. Will an “S” this semester permit me to graduate? (added 3/27/20)
Studio and your program will treat an “S” in BigCo Studio or Startup Studio as sufficient to meet the graduation requirement.
How do I change my grading basis or withdraw from an elective class? (added 3/27/20)
Student Services will provide detailed instructions when available courses are ready to be selected to take as S/U. The information will be sent by email after April 6, 2020. All changes must be made by April 21, 2020.
Is there an expected date for when in-person instruction will resume? (updated 3/13/20)
Instruction will remain remote for the remainder of the spring semester.
What do online classes mean for students who live in The House? (added 3/11/20)
The House is still open and fully functioning. Students may connect to classes via on-campus networks in The House, Bloomberg Center, Tata Innovation Center or their homes if they live off-campus.
I am having difficulty connecting remotely to my course. What can I do? (added 3/11/20)
The network you are on may be congested. If you live in The House, please consider relocating to Bloomberg or Tata in order to reduce congestion to the network.
Who will send the link for streamed classes? Will this link be the same link for future class sessions? (added 3/11/20)
Faculty will email students through their Cornell email addresses the link to the Zoom class. The Zoom link is a recurring link which means it will be the same link for every future class meeting needed.
If I need technical assistance regarding my Zoom class with whom should I connect? (updated 3/20/20)
Please contact IT at ITSupport@tech.cornell.edu during regular business hours (8:30am-5pm, M – F)
How many participants can Zoom support? (added 3/20/20)
Per Cornell IT: “All faculty, staff, and students will initially be provisioned with licenses that allow them to conduct meetings with up to 300 participants.” If you request anything beyond this, or any special services, please refer to this link, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Are Student Services Office Hours still happening? (updated 3/17/20)
Yes, Student Services Office Hours will still be held at their regular time slots. Slots can be booked here. Starting March 16, 2020, all Office Hours will be held virtually through Zoom, and will no longer be held in person. Information about how to schedule virtual times within the designated slots will be communicated to students by email and posted. If you would like to set up a virtual meeting outside of the designated Office Hours, please reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will faculty still hold office hours? (added 3/11/20)
Yes, faculty will still hold office hours. However, please check with individual faculty members about whether they will hold them in-person or virtually.
Are you going to conduct on-campus events such as interviews, presentations or workshops? (added 3/16)
All on-campus interviews and events will be conducted virtually. Please see the events job board where locations will be updated with Zoom links.
Are Sprints still happening? (added 3/20/20)
Yes, Sprints are still on and they will be remote. The Studio team will update you on how the logistics will play out but you are expected to be available during the full time and working with your team, just as you would if we were in person.
How will our core Studio classes work? (added 3/20/20)
You should continue to hold Thursdays from 2:30pm-6:30pm on your calendars for core Studio classes. As the Studio reviews each module and makes adjustments to how they will deliver content, they will update you on the timing and structure of the class. They expect that you are still holding Studio time on your calendar, which has been the expectation since the semester started.
Are other Studio activities still happening (Crit, Spinout Clinics, VC Days)? (added 3/20/20)
Yes! Please stay tuned for details on the format and expectations.
As an international student, will I still be able to pick up my OPT i20 or CPT from Student Services? (updated 3/20/20)
Yes, Student Services will process OPT i20 and CPT requests as usual. Students will be mailed their forms.
What resources are available for international students? (added 3/13/20)
International students may refer to the FAQs on the Office of Global Learning website.
What NYC resources are available to support students? (updated 3/17/20)
NYC Department of Health’s Coronavirus website and hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
As a PhD student, can I bring my monitor home?
Ask your advisor or supervisor to submit a Property Removal Form on your behalf. Instructions may be found here.
Are career management office hours still happening? (updated 5/20/20)
Yes, the office is open and will support incoming students and alumni. During the summer all career management programming will be conducted virtually. Please see the events job board for information on specific events.
If you have any further questions/concerns, please email email@example.com.
Who can I reach out to if I have a question about classes? (added 3/13/20)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does the Cornell Tech S/U policy this spring 2020 impact Cornell Tech PhD students? (added 3/27/20)
Cornell Tech PhD students should follow the policies of their respective college(s)