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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Health and safety

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)
  • Medical care, counseling, and pharmacy services at Cornell Health during business hours, with 24/7 phone consultation for urgent concerns (607.255.5155)

Cornell Health


Cornell Health, centrally located at 110 Ho Plaza, next to Willard Straight Hall, provides medical care, counseling, and pharmacy services for Cornell's students.

Cornell Health is open Monday through Friday (see business hours) and can be reached by phone at 607.255.5155 (24/7 for urgent concerns).

Although students with urgent health problems may be seen on a walk-in basis, please schedule an appointment in advance whenever possible.

If you have an urgent medical or mental health concern after hours or on weekends, you may call Cornell Health (24/7) to consult with a health care provider. If you need to be seen when Cornell Health is closed, you will be referred to an urgent care center such as Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Department, Urgent Care at Ithaca or WellNow Urgent Care.


All Summer Session students registered for on-campus classes are required to be enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP or SHP-M) or pay a Student Health Fee. See "Health insurance and health fee" below for details.

Students who are covered by SHP, SHP+, or the health fee can access Cornell Health services for a $10/visit copay. Visit Cornell Health's website for more details.


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.

Health requirements

Current Cornell students

You have already completed these requirements upon entry to Cornell.

Visiting students

Visiting students taking fewer than 6 credits have NO health requirements.

Visiting students taking 6 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.

Access instructions on the Cornell Health site.

Please note

  • Among other requirements, you must provide documentation of required immunizations. Some international students must also document a recent TB test. You should receive all required immunizations/testing prior to arriving at Cornell.
  • If you are unable to receive required immunizations/tests in advance, you must get them at Cornell Health soon as you arrive on campus. Charges may apply.


  • No later than the first day of classes
  • Please make sure to complete your requirements by the deadline to avoid late fees and a hold on your registration.

Health insurance and health fee


To ensure that you have access to campus health services, all students enrolled in on-campus summer classes are required to either:

Students who are covered by SHP, SHP+, or the health fee can access Cornell Health services for a $10/visit copay. Visit Cornell Health's website for more details.

Current Cornell students

If you were covered by SHP, SHP+, or the Student Health Fee for the spring semester, and will be covered for the coming fall semester, your coverage likely includes the dates of your summer program. Please check your coverage dates by referring to Cornell's Student Health Benefits website.

If you will not be covered for any portion of your program, please consult with Student Health Benefits to decide which would be best for you: purchasing an extension to your current insurance, enrolling in a summer SHP term, or paying the summer health fee.

Note for Cornell students currently enrolled in SHP/Cornell Health fee who will not be attending Cornell next academic year: You may need to purchase a one-month extension of your Student Health Plan to ensure that your coverage extends through August. For information, contact or (TAs: See the Faculty Handbook.)

Visiting students

Visiting students will automatically be charged a $106 summer health fee. The fee will be included in your total Summer Session charge.

Exceptions: Those who enroll in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) are exempt from paying the health fee. International students are REQUIRED to enroll in SHP. Domestic students may choose to enroll in SHP if their insurance does not meet Cornell's requirements for adequate insurance. Learn more SHP summer enrollment options on the Student Health Benefits website.

To enroll in SHP, send an e-mail before your first day of class to the Summer Session office ( with the subject line "SHP Enrollment." In your e-mail, indicate your full name and the course(s)/program(s) in which you are enrolled. (Note: CPIU students must complete the SHP form on their To-do list page.)

Cornell's Student Health Benefits office is available to assist you if you have questions about the student health fee or your health insurance coverage.

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 and select the links for Emergency Contact Info and Emergency Mass Notification.

For more information, visit Emergency Notification Tools.

Gorge safety

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 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.

Additional services

Other services to support you include: