COVID-Related Accommodation Requests

Am I Eligible? 

You may receive COVID-related accommodations if you are in isolation for COVID-19 due to requirements of Cornell Health, Tompkins County Whole Health, or your local health department.

Request Procedure 

Report your positive test result (if not tested through Cornell).

If you had tested positive through a Cornell test, or notified Cornell of a positive test, a process will be initiated where you will be sent a verification letter of your isolation status that you can forward to your instructors and/or your student services office. 

Notifications to Instructors 

You will be sent a verification letter that you will need to forward to your instructors and student services office that verifies your isolation status for five days. Please watch your email for it. You should receive it within one business day. The letter will include some suggestions for instructors about ways they can accommodate you while in isolation. 

After forwarding the letter to your instructors, follow up with them to finalize arrangements. 

Cornell Law students: forward the message only to the Law School Dean of Students,, and not to your instructors. Coordinate with the Dean of Students office to finalize arrangements.

What Accommodations Will I Receive?

You must follow-up directly with your instructors to discuss the accommodations that can be made to support your ability to meet course learning outcomes. Instructors will determine the temporary accommodations most appropriate for their course. What is arranged will vary from class-to-class. 

Instructors are not required to provide remote access to students who cannot attend class. For the majority of classrooms, remote access is not an option. Instead, instructors may, for example, choose to use lapel mic recorders to capture audio recordings to accompany other course materials. Course instructors want you to remain engaged and have access to course materials, and they will determine the most appropriate and feasible way to help you stay on track based on the nature of their course. 

We recommend you stay in regular contact with your instructors, course staff, and your student services office during your isolation period.

Cornell Law students: Coordinate with the Dean of Students office to finalize accommodation arrangements; do not coordinate with instructors.

What if I Need Additional Accommodations? 

If you will need to remain in isolation longer than five days, contact Cornell Health to discuss extending your isolation period. 

If you have concerns about keeping up with course content with the arranged accommodations, contact your student services office for support.

If you are experiencing long COVID symptoms and want to discuss accommodation options, please complete a Self-Disclosure Form and we can follow up with you.


Please refer to the Cornell’s COVID website and the guidance on the Cornell Health website.

You can also contact Cornell Health.