Working on Campus

All employees, working on the Cornell campus, even if only occasionally, are required to adhere to all CDC, NYS, local health department, and Cornell University orders, guidelines, policies and procedures at all times. Failure to adhere to all required orders, guidelines, policies and procedures may lead to disciplinary action, and/or loss of privileges, including access to campus buildings and resources.

Requirements for on-campus presence

  1. Vaccination Compliance ProgramThe university requires all employees, regardless of role and work location, to have an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine as part of comprehensive vaccination against this virus. To meet the requirements, faculty and staff must upload proof of vaccination to the Daily Check or have obtained a university-approved disability/ medical or religious exemption. After each dose, employees must enter that information in Cornell’s vaccine registry via the Daily Check portal.
  2. Self-monitoring: All Cornell faculty and staff will continue to get a daily email reminding them to conduct a symptom assessment; however, you will only need to complete the Daily Check health assessment if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  3. Testing: All employees who are not fully vaccinated and are coming to campus or another Cornell work location in Ithaca, Geneva, or Tompkins County are required to participate in Cornell’s surveillance testing program. In addition, certain vaccinated populations are required to participate in surveillance testing. Go to the Daily Check home page to view your testing schedule.
  4. Public Health Requirements: Cornell requires employees to be aware of and follow all public health requirements for mask-wearing and physical distancing set forth.


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Daily Check

Symptomatic employees are required to complete the Daily Check health assessment prior to arriving on campus or accessing Cornell facilities.

Visit the Daily Check


Vaccination Compliance Program

REQUIRED: All employees are expected to document their vaccine status through the Daily Check portal. 

Complete the Vaccine Registry

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Surveillance Testing

On-campus employees who have not provided proof of vaccination are required to participate in Cornell’s surveillance testing program. Fully vaccinated employees may continue to participate in supplemental testing. 

More about Testing

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Public Health Requirements

REQUIRED: Employees are expected to act honestly and ethically and to observe required health and safety measures in all workplace settings, including masking and physical distancing which varies based upon vaccination status.

Review Requirements 


Workplace Exposure Assessment

Faculty and staff who are seeking a workplace evaluation due to potential risks related to their job should contact

N95 Voluntary Use Program

Employees who do not meet the requirements for a medical accommodation and/or don’t have any workplace exposure that warrants wearing of a N95 respirator may participate in the EHS voluntary use program after completing the required training. Participation requires the employee to provide their own N95 respirator. Contact for more information.

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Example of Physical Distancing poster

Example of Lab Courtesy poster

Cornell Healthy Campus Signs

Signage is in place to ensure employees are aware of the health requirements associated with working and researching on-campus.

Signage is available to print.

If existing signage does not meet your areas specific needs, please contact your supervisor or HR Rep who can work with you to ensure there is suitable signage.


See university event guidance.


See the Cornell COVID-19 visitor website for details.

Emeritus Faculty and Retirees

Emeritus faculty and retirees who wish to be on campus are eligible to do so and are welcome to use campus recreational facilities following the public health requirements for masks and physical distancing set forth for employees. 


Volunteers may be engaged in campus programming following the public health requirements for mask-wearing and physical distancing set forth for employees.

Parking and Transportation

Commuters are encouraged to re-examine their transportation and parking options, especially if they require only limited, occasional access to campus. For assistance, contact Transportation Services to schedule a consultation with a customer service agent.

Faculty and staff who have been approved to be on campus but need only occasional access can opt for convenient, deeply discounted Daily Decision parking using ParkMobile, utilize the Commuter Alternative Program, or choose on-demand, short-term mobile payment and pay station parking. No-Fee A and E* virtual permits are available to eligible employees at (*E permits have a work in zone eligibility requirement.)

Faculty and staff who relinquished their permits can make a request for a new, replacement permit using the Permit Purchase Agreement Form. Please note that many parking permit types are in high demand and restricted to eligible employees. Form submissions are not a guarantee of issuance.

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