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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 Summer Session students have access to:

  • health care at Gannett Health Services during business hours (607.255.5155),
  • 24/7 access to Gannett's phone consultation service (607.255.5155), and
  • 24/7 protection by the Cornell Police (607.255.1111).

Gannett Health Services

Important phone numbers:

  • Appointments, information, and 24/7 phone consultation: 607.255.5155
  • Billing Representatives: 607.255.7492
  • Patient Advocate: 607.255.3564
  • Pharmacy: 607.254.6337
  • Cornell Office of Student Health Benefits: 607.255.6363


Gannett Health Services, centrally located at 110 Ho Plaza, next to Willard Straight Hall, offers quality primary-care medical and mental health services for all Summer Session students. (N.B.: While the facility is being renovated, please use the temporary main entrance on Campus Road, just down the hill from Ho Plaza.)

Gannett Health Services is open Monday through Friday during business hours, but you can reach us by phone 24/7 at 607.255.5155. Gannett Health Services provides the following services:

  • allergy shots and immunizations,
  • counseling and psychological services,
  • pharmacy (prescriptions and non-prescription supplies),
  • general medical care,
  • health education,
  • laboratory and radiology services,
  • nutrition counseling,
  • physical and massage therapy,
  • sexual health care, and
  • referral to emergency and specialty medical care.

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 Gannett Health Services health care provider. If you need to be seen when Gannett 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.

If you have a chronic or ongoing condition, bring appropriate health records with you to continue your care at Gannett Health Services. If you need allergy injections while you are here, please bring serum and written instructions from your prescribing health-care provider to Gannett Health Services when you arrive.


Visiting students attending on-campus summer classes are required to pay either the summer Student Health Fee or enroll in Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP, see Health fee and Student Health Plan below). This enables students to access care at Gannett Health Services and pay a $10 copay for most services. Nurse consultation about the need for an appointment or after-hours care is provided without charge. A $20 fee is charged for appointments that are missed or canceled without 24-hour notice.

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 Gannett Health Services billing representative (607.255.7492) if you have any questions or concerns about health care expenses at Gannett Health Services.

NOTE: If you withdraw from Summer Session, you will no longer be eligible to access most health services at Gannett.

Health history form and immunization requirements

Students enrolled in Summer Session are required to complete Cornell's health history form (available here during the Summer Session enrollment period) to comply with state and federal laws, as well as with university policy.

The health history form requires proof of immunization against infectious illnesses such as tetanus, measles, mumps, pertussis, and rubella. It is also mandatory for most international students to receive a tuberculin screening at Gannett as soon as they arrive at Cornell. If you have questions about the form, please call Gannett's Health Requirements Office at 607.255.6951.

Please note: If your form does not demonstrate full compliance with all requirements by the first day of classes, you will be charged a $100 late fee. For more information about immunizations, call Gannett Health Services at 607.255.4364, e-mail or visit


All medical and mental health services are confidential at Gannett, and health care records are completely separate from all other university records. Gannett Health Services 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 Gannett will share relevant health information for continuity of care. Otherwise, Gannett 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 Gannett's Notice of Privacy Practices for more information.

Gannett uses an electronic health records system, which provides a web portal (myGannett) to facilitate secure communication.

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 either:

  • pay the $100 summer Student Health Fee, or
  • enroll in Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP).

All students, regardless of insurance coverage, are encouraged to use Gannett 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 about this fee, 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.

SHP is an accident and sickness policy that:

  • Provides coverage 24 hours a day anywhere in the world
  • For students in Ithaca, provides coordination of services by Gannett Health Services and a preferred provider network that includes the local hospital
  • Covers pre-existing health conditions
  • Guards against catastrophic expenses
  • Continues coverage when students have to take a leave of absence
  • Meets or exceeds all F-1 and J-1 visa requirements
  • Meets or exceeds all Federal, State, and American College Health Association standards for health insurance
  • Includes world-wide travel assistance and emergency air transportation services
  • Offers optional dental and vision plans for members.
  • Provides convenient assistance with enrollment and claims submission through the Cornell Office of Student Health Benefits.

For complete details, visit the Student Health Plan (SHP) section of the Office of Student Health Benefits website.

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 example, if you are not covered by SHP and arrive on campus without the required immunizations (outlined on the health history form), fees* will still apply for the following immunizations/screenings:

  • MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella): $81
  • Meningococcal: $176
  • TD (Tetanus/Diptheria): $40
  • Tdap (Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis): $51
  • TB screening: $20 venipuncture plus a $119 lab test = $139

In addition to the above charges, there will be an administration fee for each vaccine injection: $30 for first injection and $18 for each additional injection.

*prices subject to change; current as of 11/22/15

To enroll in SHP

To enroll in SHP, send an e-mail no later than May 27, 2016, 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. See below for the link to SHP premiums.

If you choose not to enroll in SHP, Gannett 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 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.

Caring community

Additional services to support you include: