Our summer safety protocols have been developed by Cornell College’s Safe Repopulation Task Force and were informed by information obtained from the Linn County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control. The plan is subject to revision based upon new scientific and medical data and modified public health recommendations. 

Daily Precautions

  • [RULE] Students are expected to complete Cornell’s online symptom tracker daily for one week prior to campus arrival and daily throughout the Summer Institute. You must use your Cornell-issued email account in order to access the symptom tracker. 

  • [RULE] You must follow the guidance provided by the symptom tracker regarding quarantine and testing.

  • [RULE] You must wear a 2-layer mask with ear loops that cover your nose and

  • chin securely (no bandanas or gators) any time you are not in your residence hall room, outdoors alone, or doing personal grooming in the restrooms.

  • [RULE] You must maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance between you and others. 

  • [RULE] Wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly and often. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout campus. 

  • [RULE] Be responsive and honest if you are part of a contact trace.

In your residence hall

  • [RULE] No group gatherings are allowed in shared spaces, hallways, or group study.

  • [RULE] No visiting rooms other than your own.

  • [RULE] No guests in your room.

  • [RULE] If you are directed to quarantine, you may return home with a parent if they drive to campus to pick you up. If you choose to remain on campus, you must quarantine in your residence hall room and complete the symptom tracker each day. We will deliver meals to your room and ask that you use the restroom during non-peak hours and clean surfaces you’ve touched with the Virex spray bottle we provide to you. 

  • [RULE] Food/meals can be stored in the community refrigerator. The Pauley-Rorem Hall kitchen can also be used for snack preparation; when food prep is underway, other students should avoid being in the kitchen. 

In your classroom

  • [RULE] Drinking beverages through a straw is allowed in the classrom and other public indoor locations such as hallways, offices, and the fitness center and library. Face masks should not be removed while drinking, to the extent possible. 

  • [RULE] Maintain physical distancing while in the classroom; leave furniture where it is placed.

  • [RULE] You should not attend class if you have a fever, are symptomatic, or have had contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

  • Note: Your instructor may also teach in outdoor areas, including large tents.

In study spaces

  • [RULE] All reserved study spaces are limited to single occupancy.

  • [RULE] You may study in the library but must maintain physical distance and wear your mask.

Hilltop Café 

  • [RULE] If you choose to eat in a dining room, use seats where they are placed and remain distanced from others when eating.

  • Note: You are welcome to take your meal outside, but you must properly dispose of dinnerware. 

Travel off campus

  • [RULE] Do not attend group events off campus that could expose you to COVID-19.

  • [Recommendation] Minimize travel off campus as much as possible.

  • [Recommendation] Take note that the positivity rate on campus is lower than the rate in Mount Vernon, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City. If you do go into town, call ahead to place an order when possible, limit your time off campus and continue to follow all safety protocols.

Exercise & wellness

  • The Small Sports Center gymnasium, arena, outdoor track, and locker rooms are available for your use, however, you must socially distance and wear a 2-layer mask with ear loops that cover your nose and chin securely. 

  • [RULE] Maintain physical distancing and we encourage a face covering when exercising outdoors.

  • [Recommendation] Religious services, doctors’ appointments, meals outdoors, and connecting with friends are considered wellness activities; please take precautions if you attend in person rather than online.

  • [Recommendation] Take part in yoga or meditation sessions on-demand led by Cornell’s Chaplain.

What do I do if the symptom checker tells me not to go to class?

If the symptom checker tells you not to go to class, you should phone a local physician to schedule a medical appointment. You should email your instructor to share that you will not be in class because you are experiencing COVID symptoms. If you feel well enough, we can arrange for you to continue your class participation virtually.