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,Cornell Health, centrally located at 110 Ho Plaza next to Willard Straight Hall, provides medical care, counseling, and pharmacy services for students in Ithaca. (See who Cornell Health serves.)
Appointments are required for most services. However, students with urgent health problems may be seen on a walk-in basis.
Cornell Health is open Monday through Saturday during the academic year, and Monday through Friday during the summer and winter sessions (see all hours). If you have an urgent medical or mental health concern when Cornell Health is closed, you can call 24/7 to consult with an on-call health care provider: 607-255-5155.
Students who are enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) or who pay the university's Student Health Fee have a $10/visit copay for nearly all Cornell Health services. Students enrolled Cornell's Student Health Plan-Medicaid (SHP-M) have no copay. Learn more about cost for care at Cornell Health.
Other students should refer to Cornell Health's Insurance & Billing page to learn about accepted insurance plans and payment options.
All medical and mental health services at Cornell Health are confidential, and health care records are completely separate from all other university records. Cornell Health uses an electronic health records system, which provides a patient portal to facilitate secure communication with students.
New and visiting students taking six or more credits are required to complete Cornell's New Student Health Requirements to comply with state and federal laws, as well as with university policy.
These students must provide documentation showing that they've met the university's immunization requirements, and submit forms related to health history, emergency contact information, and privacy and consent. Find instructions and forms here.
Please make sure to complete all requirements by your first day of class to avoid late fees and a hold on your registration.
Students taking fewer than six credits have no health requirements.
Health insurance & health fee requirements
Cornell's health insurance and health fee requirements apply only to degree-seeking students taking 12 or more credits in on-campus fall, spring, or Winter Session classes (exception: not applicable to Cornell employees). Learn more about the requirements here.
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 Systems.
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.
Other services to support you include: