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Fall Semester

  • Teaching for the Fall semester will begin on September 2.
  • Classes will be held on Labor Day. But Labor Day will be a university holiday for staff.
  • October 14 is the only class free weekday between September and the pre-Thanksgiving study days.
  • November 14 through 16 will be study days and November 17 through 24 will be for “semi-finals”. Class sessions must not be held on these days.
  • The “semi-finals” are a special version of finals for this semester that allow exams to be held on campus, in-person before students depart for Thanksgiving. The semi-final exam period is designed to allow both in-person and online classes to hold in-person exams on campus. Courses do not have to have in-person exams, but this is designed to address concerns with online only exams.
  • Following Thanksgiving, beginning November 30, all classes will continue online for the remainder of the term. The final exam period (online exams only) will be from December 17 to 21. You can have a semi-final exam in a course or a regular final exam at the end of term, but not both, i.e. no double finals.

Online Instruction and Canvas-Zoom resources

Cornell (CTI) Resources

ILR Resources:

  • DH Goodall has been conducting multiple training courses on different aspects of teaching online. You can access and review recordings of these sessions at the ILR Learning Innovation portal/website.
    1. Be sure to ALWAYS sign into the website by clicking on “Sign In” in the upper-right corner of the site and using your NetID. Otherwise, protected articles, such as the training recordings and other resources, will not appear to you.
    2. Click on “Knowledge Base” in the top menu.
    3. Click on the “Training Recordings”.
  • Individual Consults – If you need individual help with setting up your course and performing certain functions, please contact DH Goodall ( 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:

Teaching Studios

This fall, 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 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.

In-Person Teaching

  • ILR is hoping that all of its faculty who are teaching in-person will be teaching in Ives 217, but classroom assignments are still being reviewed at the university level.
  • For faculty teaching in-person, we will hold a practice session the week of August 24 in Ives 217 to review procedures for using classroom technology, recording and connecting to remote students.
  • The university is likely to schedule two days, August 31st and September 1st , when faculty can go to their assigned classrooms and learn how to use the technology in that room.
  • 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.

Safety Kits

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 being provided to any TAs who are teaching in-person.

Office Hours

To reduce building occupancy and traffic, office hours for the Fall semester should be held virtually. Faculty had good experiences using zoom to hold office hours in the remote part of the Spring semester. If you wish to meet in-person with students outside of classroom time, we encourage you to take advantage of the outdoor tent space that we are setting up in the Katz (Lower) and Upper courtyard space. Dean Colvin will be holding open office hours in the tent space during the Fall semester.

Student Study Areas in Ives Classroom Building

ILR Facilities is working with the university to determine which spaces in Ives will be designated for student study spaces in addition to the study space in the Catherwood library, which will have reduced capacity. This list of study spaces will be made available before classes begin and there will be signage on these rooms to designate them as study spaces.

At the moment, ILR will be designating these 5 spaces where students can use a Salesforce App to reserve a numbered space to study:

  • 103 Ives
  • 107 Ives
  • 220 Ives
  • Undergraduate lounge
  • Tent in Upper Courtyard

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. Many people who have expressed an interest in coming to campus or the office have been entered into the Daily Check system, and you should be receiving a daily email.

If you want to go into the office on a particular day, enter your data into the Daily Check: Otherwise, you can simply ignore or delete the email if you are not coming in. If you only need to come in once during the entire semester, please send an email to and Joe Grasso and Denise Brown-Hart will review your request. If approved, you will be entered into the Daily Check system for the one day you come into the office and then you will be deleted from the check-in system.

Access to ILR Buildings

ILR will lock most of its buildings, with ID card access required, 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.

Classroom building hours

Ives Hall Classroom

  • Monday: 7:30am – 8:30pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30am – 9:40pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30am – 8:00pm
  • Friday: 7:30am – 5:00pm

King-Shaw Hall 3rd Floor

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30am – 5:15pm
  • Friday: 7:30am – 12:00pm

King-Shaw Hall 2nd floor for COVID Testing

  • Monday-Friday: 7:30am – 4:45pm


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 6 foot distancing.

Tent Usage for the ILR Complex

To provide outdoor meeting, work, and break space there will be tents installed in the lower courtyard, the Katz Courtyard, with a maximum capacity of 48, and on the upper courtyard with a maximum capacity of 18 people. These tents can be used by faculty, staff, and students for individual or small group meetings in the open air, respecting campus policies regarding social distancing and mask wearing. As announced, all university sponsored events and activities are suspended through the end of September. Please contact Melissa Manning ( in Conference Services, if you wish to reserve a portion of the tent space between September 1st and October 15th. Please see ILR's tent usage policy.

Air Quality in Ives Classroom and Other Buildings

All ILR buildings meet the AASHRE standards for air handling, including 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 they will be installing MERV-13 air filters in Ives during the first few days of September (the filters are on backorder).


The HVAC systems filters have been changed, water systems (including water fountains) have been flushed, and all of ILR’s facilities (Ives Complex, NYC – 570 Lexington, and Buffalo) are ready to receive physical occupants. At the moment, we understand classrooms will be cleaned twice per day, once in the morning before classes begin at 8:00 am and then at mid-day from 11:30 – 12:30 pm. These plans are still in flux and being solidified. If you do meet with someone in a conference room, it is each person’s responsibility to clean the space where they were sitting.

Ambassador Program

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 Delivery

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.

Voice Mail

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 Audix to retrieve your messages, or you can re-program your office message to say not to leave messages on your office phone.

COVID-19 Testing

For latest testing frequency information and scheduling, visit the university’s reopening page.

See real-time data on test results and the current Cornell COVID-19 alert level

Surveillance Testing Program

Ongoing surveillance testing is a cornerstone of our public health campaign and is particularly important to identify individuals in our community who may be harboring coronavirus, yet show no symptoms. Participation in surveillance testing is required for members of the Cornell community who work or study on the Ithaca campus and at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva. Students living off campus in the greater Ithaca area, even if participating in classes remotely, are required to participate in the testing program unless exempted through a waiver process. Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine have mounted separate testing programs. We outline the plans for surveillance testing below, understanding that we may need to make adjustments as we monitor COVID-19 infection on our campus and in our local communities.

Test Scheduling, Locations, and Methodology

Beginning in September, students, faculty, and staff will be notified of their surveillance test through the Daily Check and, based on the frequency for which they will be tested, assigned to a specific day(s) of the week. A reminder notification will be displayed in the Daily Check the day prior to when the test is to be completed, requesting that each person schedule their test for the location and time that aligns with their work/class schedule. Seven testing sites have been established on the Ithaca campus in the following locations with a 5- or 7-day/week schedule. A limited amount of reserved parking will be available at select sites for individuals needing to drive to/from their testing appointment.

  • Robert Purcell Community Center: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
  • Willard Straight Hall: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; limited parking available in the WSH metered lot.
  • Collegetown Terrace: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
  • Fischell Band Center: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; ample parking available in the Crescent Lot.
  • Livestock Pavilion: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; limited parking available along Judd Falls Road and in the South Morrison Lot.
  • ILR Conference Center, King Shaw Hall: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; limited parking available on Garden Avenue.
  • College of Veterinary Medicine: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; available to those approved for CVM facility access.

All testing sites will operate under the same protocol for supervised self-collection of anterior nares (front of the nostril) samples. Anterior nares sampling is simple and much less invasive than the nasopharyngeal swab used for “arrival testing,” allowing each individual to swab their own nostril under the observation of a trained staff member. Surveillance samples will be sent to the CCTL and results obtained by the next day. If the surveillance test indicates a potential positive, the person will be contacted by Cayuga Health System to schedule an individual diagnostic test, with instructions to self-quarantine until those test results are known. Should the diagnostic test be positive, Tompkins County Health Department will be notified to begin case management and contact tracing. You may continue normal activities (with strict adherence to mask wearing and social distancing) unless you are contacted by Cayuga Health System to self-quarantine and schedule a confirmatory test. There is no cost for any component of surveillance testing.

Important Information

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

Testing of Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff (in the Ithaca/Geneva area)

  • Tested weekly: for those regularly on campus (on average two days or more per week).*
  • Tested every other week: for those infrequently on campus (on average less than two days per week).
  • No required testing: for those working 100% remotely and not in the Daily Check in order to work on campus. 
  • Compliance with surveillance testing is required by the employee expectations that are acknowledged in the Daily Check.

*Those faculty and staff who are regularly (two days or more per week on average) on campus and have regular contact with students and/or regularly work in close proximity to others in circumstances where it is not possible to regularly maintain physical distancing may be tested more frequently.

Testing of Students

Students will be tested on arrival with the following frequency:

Undergraduate Students (in the Ithaca area)

  • Tested twice per week, on a 7-day per week schedule, regardless of the course modality for which they are enrolled. (Mon/Thurs, Tues/Fri, Wed/Sat, Thurs/Sun, Fri/Mon, Sat/Tues, Sun/Wed)
  • As with “arrival testing,” compliance with surveillance testing is required by the Cornell Behavioral Compact.
  • A limited exemption waiver process will be available in early September for undergraduates with no on-campus activity and for whom weekly testing would be a demonstrated hardship.

Professional Degree Students (in the Ithaca/Geneva area)

  • Tested weekly, Monday – Friday, regardless of the course modality for which they are enrolled.
  • As with “arrival testing,” compliance with surveillance testing is required by the Cornell Behavioral Compact.
  • A limited exemption waiver process will be available in early September for professional degree students with no on-campus activity and for whom weekly testing would be a demonstrated hardship.
  • DVM students will be provided additional information specific to their program.

Graduate Research Degree Students (in the Ithaca/Geneva area)

  • Tested weekly, Monday – Friday.
  • A petition process will be available in early September for limited exceptions to reduce the required testing frequency for research degree students with limited or no on-campus activity and for whom weekly testing would be a demonstrated hardship.
  • As with “arrival testing,” compliance with surveillance testing is required by the Cornell Behavioral Compact.

University Testing Sites – King-Shall Hall

There will be seven different testing sites available around campus for faculty, staff and students. These will be used for surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals – any symptomatic individuals will be tested by Cayuga Medical Center at off campus locations. Testing will be by appointment, spread out in 15 minute increments from 7:30am - 4:30pm. One of the testing sites will be in Rooms 225 and 229 in ILR’s King-Shaw Conference Center, Monday through Friday.

Here are some of the basic rules and processes that will be followed at the King-Shaw and other testing sites:

  • Students and employees will be notified via the DailyCheck when they need to schedule their test.
  • Testing will be from 7:30am - 4:30pm daily.  Appointments are available in 15 minute increments and only so many individuals can sign up for a given time slot.  This spreads sampling out across the day and across campus so that long queues are avoided.
  • Individuals arrive at the testing site at their assigned time and queue up based on signage at all sites. 
  • Masks must be worn and social distancing must be adhered to.  All collection staff will be in appropriate PPE.
  • Once a station frees up, individuals will proceed to the station for registration verification. 
  • Using Cornell ID or other form of identification, they will confirm their identity with the registration individual.  The confirmation creates a barcoded label that the registration staff will place on a collection tube. 
  • The individual will proceed to the next station, give the tube to the collector, and be instructed on how to self-swab using a sterile swab provided by the collector. 
  • The swab will be handed to the collector who will place it in the tube and seal the tube. 
  • Collectors will change gloves between individuals. 
  • Samples will be taken to the lab every 30 minutes. 
  • Results will be available the following day.
  • All touch surfaces in the testing area will be disinfected at the end of the day. 

In addition, at King-Shaw Hall:

  • Signage on Garden Ave will direct students to enter and exit from the courtyard doors.
  • ILR will keep the doors to the Research and Dolgen Buildings locked, with ID access only, to prevent entry into these workspaces.