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 phone consultation (607.255.5155) with Cornell Health staff members, and
- Select health care services at Cornell Health during business hours.
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 can be reached by phone 24/7 at 607.255.5155.
Although students with urgent health problems may be seen on a walk-in basis, please call ahead to schedule an appointment whenever possible.
If you need medical or mental health advice or attention after hours or on weekends, you may consult by phone with a Cornell Health provider. If you need to be seen when Cornell Health is closed, you will be referred to an urgent care center such as Five Star Urgent Care, or Cayuga Medical Center's Convenient Care Center or Emergency Department.
Visiting students attending on-campus summer classes are required to:
- enroll in Cornell’s Student Health Plan (mandatory for international students); or
- pay the student health fee ($100 in the summer) 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.
NOTE: If you withdraw from Summer Session, you will no longer be eligible to access most health services at Cornell Health.
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 health care facility, that facility 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 staff members use an electronic health records system, which provides a patient portal to facilitate secure communication.
Health history form and immunization requirements
Visiting students enrolled in Summer Session are required to complete Cornell's health history form (available here after March 1) 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 the health history form for country list.)
Deadline: No later than the first day of your class(es).
Please print and mail the completed health history form to:
110 Ho Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14853-3101
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 Requirements Office:
Health fee and Student Health Plan (SHP)
To ensure that they have access to campus health services, visiting students enrolled in on-campus summer classes are required to:
- enroll in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) (mandatory for international students); or
- pay the student health fee ($100 in the summer) and hold alternative health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements.
All students, regardless of insurance coverage, are encouraged to use Cornell Health for their primary medical and mental health care.
Student health fee
Visiting students enrolled in on-campus summer classes: The $100 summer student health fee will be included in your total Summer Session charge unless you are enrolled in the Student Health Plan (SHP) option below.
For more information, see the student health fee page on the Office of Student Health Benefits website.
Student Health Plan (SHP)
Because of the high costs of medical care, Cornell requires that all students have adequate health insurance coverage. Please carefully review your health insurance to make sure it meets Cornell's minimum requirements and will provide adequate coverage for you at Cornell and in the Ithaca area.
If you do not have adequate health insurance, you may be eligible for the summer SHP enrollment option. This plan has been developed especially for Cornell students to provide access to convenient and efficient care that complements the quality health services provided on campus.
Additional fees covered by SHP
Please note: Required immunizations and TB screenings are not covered by the student health fee but are covered by Cornell's SHP.
For complete details, visit the Student Health Plan (SHP) section of the Office of Student Health Benefits website.
To enroll in SHP
To enroll in SHP, send an e-mail before your first day of class to the Summer Session office (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. See below for the link to SHP premiums.
If you choose not to enroll in SHP, Cornell Health will require payment at time of service. In general, most providers will ask for your insurance information when making an appointment.
Please note that once you have enrolled in SHP, the plan is not cancellable or refundable. In addition, you cannot be enrolled in SHP once your program has started.
Cornell's Office of Student Health Benefits is available to assist you if you have questions about the student health fee or your health insurance coverage.
Student Health Plan (SHP) premiums:
Please see the premium and coverage dates table for summer students on the Office of Student Health Benefits website.
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.
Other services to support you include: