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), and
- access to care at Cornell Health, with 24/7 phone consultation for urgent concerns (607.255.5155).
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), but you can reach them by phone 24/7 (607.255.5155) if you have an urgent medical or mental health concern.
Students who are enrolled in a Cornell student health plan (SHP or SHP-M) or are covered by the Student Health Fee during their time on campus (please check your coverage dates) have a $10/visit copay for nearly all Cornell Health visits.
Other students may still use Cornell Health’s services, but should refer to Cornell Health’s insurance and billing page to learn about accepted insurance plans and payment options.
NOTE: If you withdraw from Winter Session and are no longer a registered Cornell student, you will not be eligible to access 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 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.
For students who have not already completed Cornell’s health history form:
All students enrolled in Winter Session 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 country list on health history form.
Students taking six or more credits 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 by the deadline will be assessed a $100 penalty. You should receive all required immunizations prior to arriving at Cornell. If you do not meet your immunization requirements before coming to Cornell, you can receive them at Cornell Health, but please be aware that it can be costly for those who are not enrolled in a Cornell student health plan (SHP or SHP-M). 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:
Students who are taking 12 or more credits are required to have health insurance coverage that meets Cornell's minimum requirements.
If this applies to you—and you're not already enrolled in a Cornell student health plan or paying the Student Health Fee—please review your health insurance to make sure it meets the university's 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 Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP). For more information, visit the Office of Student Health Benefits website, or contact them at 607.255.6363 or email@example.com.
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: