Access to services
Because your health and safety are our highest priority, all students have access to:
- 24/7 protection by the Cornell Police (607.255.1111),
- 24/7 assistance and referral through Cornell Health's phone consultation service (607.255.5155), and
- Select services at Cornell Health.
Cornell Health, centrally located at 110 Ho Plaza, next to Willard Straight Hall, provides medical and mental health care for Cornell's students.
Cornell Health is open Monday through Friday during business hours, but you can reach us by phone 24/7 at 607.255.5155.
Visiting students enrolled in 12 or more credits in on-campus fall/spring classes are required to:
- enroll in Cornell's Student Health Plan (mandatory for international students); or
- pay the student health fee and hold alternative health insurance that meets Cornell’s requirements.
Students who enroll in SHP or pay the student health fee (and hold alternative health insurance) can access most Cornell Health services for a $10/visit copay.
All charges are the responsibility of the student and/or student's family. Bills can be sent to your home address for payment or can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. Contact a Cornell Health billing representative (607.255.7492) if you have any questions or concerns about health care expenses at Cornell Health.
NOTE: If you withdraw from part-time study, you will no longer be eligible to access most health services at Cornell Health.
Students who do not pay the health fee and are not enrolled in the Student Health Plan are typically referred to community providers for care. If they access Cornell Health's services for episodic or urgent care, they will be charged the full fee-for-service and are responsible for submitting reimbursement claims to their insurance company. They are not eligible for mental health services at Cornell Health.
All part-time study participants may use Cornell Health's pharmacy and travel clinic. The Cornell Health website also provides information about convenient, urgent, and emergency health care in the Ithaca community.
All medical and mental health services are confidential at Cornell Health, and health care records are completely separate from all other university records. Cornell Health staff members confer with one another as needed to provide integrated care for you; in the event of your treatment at Cayuga Medical Center or another hospital, the hospital and Cornell Health will share relevant health information for continuity of care. Otherwise, Cornell Health will not release any information about you without your written permission, except as authorized or required by law, or in our judgment as necessary to protect you or others from a serious threat to health or safety. Review Cornell Health's Notice of Privacy Practices for more information.
Cornell Health uses an electronic health records system, which provides a patient portal to facilitate secure communication.
All students enrolled in part-time study are required to complete Cornell's health history form to comply with state and federal laws, as well as with university policy.
Students from countries where TB is prevalent must receive Tuberculin (TB) screening at Cornell Health. (See health history form for country list.)
Students taking six or more hours must provide documentation verifying that they have met the university's immunization requirements.
Deadline: No later than the first day of your class(es).
Please note: Students who fail to complete their health requirements will be assessed a $100 penalty. You should receive all required immunizations prior to arriving at Cornell. (The cost of getting immunizations at Cornell can run between $700 and $900.) Additionally, New York State requires the cancellation of the registration of any student taking six or more credits who has not presented proof of the required immunizations.
For more information about the health history form, immunizations, or TB testing, contact Cornell Health:
Health fee and Student Health Plan (SHP)
Visiting students enrolled in 12 or more credits in on-campus fall/spring classes are considered full-time students, and therefore must comply with Cornell’s health insurance / health fee requirements:
- Full-time students are automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP).
- Eligible students who have alternate health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements may apply to waive their SHP coverage. (The waiver deadline for part-time students is 30 days from the start of your program). NOTE: If you waive SHP, you will be charged a $179 per semester student health fee(for 2017-18).
Cornell University Police
Cornell University Police operates twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, from G-2 Barton Hall. You can contact them by:
If reporting an emergency:
- Call 911 on any phone on the Cornell campus.
- You can also use a Blue Light or other campus emergency phone.
If reporting a non-emergency:
- Do not call 911
- Call 607.255.1111
The Cornell University Police Department (CUPD), is charged with providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We perform the same duties on campus as a municipal police department, and connect those in need to resources on and off campus. Our highly trained, certified, sworn law enforcement officers and skilled civilian employees make CUPD one of the finest internationally-accredited law enforcement agencies in the country. CUPD strives to enhance the safety and security of people on campus with highly trained, around-the-clock patrols and with proactive crime-prevention programs.
You can assist the Cornell Police by reporting suspicious activity immediately. You can help us and protect you and your belongings by making sure your room is locked when it's unoccupied or when you're sleeping, and never propping doors open.
Blue Light telephones are located throughout campus and provide direct communication with the Cornell Police. If you need assistance, or in an emergency, pick up the receiver or push the button. Officers will know your location automatically and respond quickly.
Emergency notification system
We strongly encourage you to enroll in the University's Emergency Mass Notification system (EMN).
This system would be used to alert you when there is a significant emergency or a dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the university community.
In addition, you are encouraged to supply your emergency contact information, which would be used in the event you are involved in an emergency.
If you have received your NetID, please enter your emergency notification and contact information as soon as possible. To do so, go to studentcenter.cornell.edu and select the links for Emergency Contact Info and Emergency Mass Notification.
For more information, visit Emergency Notification Tools.
The two gorges that run through the Cornell campus help to make Cornell one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. They are wonderful for recreation and hiking—but they can also be very dangerous. The gorges are eroding constantly, and rocks continue to fall from the cliffs, especially after heavy rains.
Please visit the gorge website at gorgesafety.cornell.edu to find out about things such as trails, regulations, and current conditions.
While tempting on hot days, swimming in the gorges is extremely dangerous, and a serious threat of drowning exists. Swimming in the gorges is prohibited by Chapter 250 of the City of Ithaca code, Peace and Good Order, which states, “No person shall bathe in, swim in, or for purposes of swimming and/or bathing enter any of the waters within the City of Ithaca except in the waters officially designated as swimming or bathing areas.”
Alternatives for safe and legal swimming in the Ithaca area can be found on the fun things to do page on the Summer Session site.
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