There are currently two ILR committees considering the larger reopening strategy for our Buffalo and NYC offices. These committees will follow guidance from the university and our position will continue to evolve over time as conditions change with COVID-19.
We plan to resume in-person instruction in our NYC facilities; however, the exact time frame is still under review. We expect to share more information about these facilities in the near future.
Cornell University Academic Calendar
- ILR’s Learning and Innovation team offers multiple training courses on different aspects of teaching online.
Access and review recordings of these sessions at the ILR Learning Innovation portal/website.
- To gain full access to protected training recordings and other resources, be sure to ALWAYS first sign into the website by clicking on “Sign In” in the upper-right corner of the site and using your NetID.
- To find the recorded trainings, click on “Knowledge Base” in the top menu, and then on the “Training Recordings”.
- Individual Consults – If you need individual help with setting up your course and performing certain functions, please contact DH Goodall (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he can schedule a 1:1 session.
Remote Teaching Tech Support
If you are teaching remotely, ILR Tech Services will try to help you get started with your first few classes. Please be aware that Tech Services will also need to support in-person classroom teaching and so there will be significant demands on their time and resources. It will be helpful if remote teaching technology needs are communicated as early as possible and set-ups are tested in advance. For tech services requests use: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/about-ilr/faculty-and-staff-resources/technology-services/submit-requests
ILR Technology Services will make Rooms 181, 185, and 199 in the Ives Hall Faculty Building available for faculty and lecturers who plan to teach remotely but would prefer to teach, or broadcast, from campus instead of from home. We will temporarily call the spaces “teaching studios”. There would be no students in the rooms with the instructors. The studies provide a quiet dedicated space for teaching with reliable internet and high quality technology. But using them requires coming to campus.
Please take a look at the advantages and disadvantages below. In person and remote training on the use of technology in the teaching studios will be available prior to the start of classes. Instructors should expect a similar level of technology support when teaching from the on-campus teaching studios as from home. At this time, we are not equipped to provide dedicated staff support to manage the teaching studio technology during class sessions as has been done in our distance-learning-enabled classrooms. The classrooms and teaching studios will be inspected each weekday morning to verify that they are working as expected, and ILR Technology Services will staff a phone hotline (607-255-5484) for call-in support.
If you are interested in learning more about the teaching studio option, please email email@example.com and we will schedule a time to meet with you to discuss your specific technology needs and provide training on the use of the rooms.
- All in-person teaching is being conducted in Ives 217. Classroom assignments are still being reviewed at the university level.
- In-person classes need to provide access to students who are taking the class remotely. This includes opportunities to interact with the faculty member and other students in the class. However, the expectations for online content for in-person classes are lower than they are for a fully online course. For in-person courses, you can stream and record and post your live class sessions.
Tech Services is preparing a bag of safety materials for each of the 12 ILR faculty who have agreed to teach in person that contains masks, hand sanitizer, and wipes to clean off spaces in the classroom. These will be delivered to your office before the first day of teaching. Safety materials will also be provided to any TAs who are teaching in-person.
To reduce building occupancy and traffic, office hours should be held virtually.
Student Study Areas in Ives Classroom Building
ILR will be designating these spaces where students can use a Salesforce App to reserve a numbered space to study:
- 103 Ives
- 107 Ives
- 220 Ives
- Undergraduate lounge
Facilities and operations
Access to ILR facilities
Access to any ILR facility (Ithaca-Ives, NYC – 570 Lex; or Buffalo – 617 Main St) requires you to check in with the university Daily Check app.
If you want to go into the office on a particular day, enter your data into the Daily Check: https://dailycheck.cornell.edu/. If you wish to be added to the Daily Check system, please send an email to Ask-ILR-Employee@cornell.edu and your request will be reviewed and you will be contacted.
Access to ILR Buildings
ILR requires ID card access to its buildings, to the extent permitted by the fire code, including: Ives Faculty Building; Dolgen Hall; Research Building; and Ives East to the extent it is outside of the Library. The two buildings that will be open to students and non-ILR employees are the Ives Classroom Building and King-Shaw Hall.
Our intent is to limit access to the Ives Faculty Building and exterior doors will be locked, but the 2nd floor ‘bridge’ door cannot be locked due to fire code restrictions. However, there is a large sign on this door stating that entrance to this area is prohibited except in emergencies.
Signage has been posted throughout the ILR Ives Complex as well as in Buffalo and NYC. Please read the signs and respect a person’s space with appropriate physical distancing.
Air Quality in Ives Classroom and Other Buildings
All ILR buildings meet the AASHRE standards for air handling, including a number of fresh air exchanges per day. The university has adjusted the Ives air exchanges to increase the rate of exchange (i.e. a high volume of air is being exchanged for each time period) and have installed MERV-13 air filters in Ives.
There will be about 5 senior staff members who will be walking the Ives Complex two times per day, starting August 24th, to ensure faculty, staff, and students are complying with COVID restrictions. The people who will be walking Ives include: Alex Colvin, George Boyer, Joe Grasso, Kara Lombardi, Laura Robinson, David Lippincott, and Melissa Manning. If you have concerns, please report them to these people as you see them making their rounds.
Dean's Office Staffing
The ILR Dean’s Office is expected to be staffed physically in Ives Hall from Monday through Thursday between the hours of 10am and 4pm (and periodically at other times).
Mail and packages will be hand-delivered and picked up on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons around 3 pm. The mail will be delivered to the faculty department workroom or to the main administrative department desk in all other offices. It is the responsibility of each office to sort the mail and ensure it is processed within their unit. You may not come to campus to pick up mail without first certifying in the Daily Check system.
The ec500 Office system we use has an option to have your office phone ring on your cell phone. However, all voice mails are left on your office phone and you need to call into the Audix system to retrieve your messages, or you can reprogram your office message to say not to leave messages on your office phone.
Any member of the community who develops symptoms of COVID-19, or who becomes aware that they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, should never seek COVID-19 testing from a surveillance site. Instead, students should contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155; employees should seek testing at the Cayuga Health System Ithaca Mall testing site.
A series of FAQs and updated information will be added to Cornell’s COVID-19 with more details about the surveillance testing program over the coming week. Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell will hold an on-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic for all students, faculty and staff on Thursday, May 6, from 1-5 p.m. in Bartels Hall. There are a limited number of doses available. Register today by visiting the state health department website.
Once you complete vaccination, please make sure you go to the Daily Check system and upload a picture of your CDC vaccination card as proof of vaccination so that the university can continue planning effectively for the summer and fall return to campus.
See Cornell's COVID-19 site for further information on Vaccination.
All business travel to non-Cornell locations or between Cornell locations continues to be restricted to exceptions for essential business and requires pre-approval directly from Dean Colvin.
Full details on the university's changing policies on travel for students, faculty and staff are available on the main COVID-19 site.
Return to Campus
Please visit our page for full information on returning to campus, including instructions on how to enroll in Cornell's Daily Check system if you have not already done so.