Addressing Compliance Problems

Not yet in compliance?

We expect students to meet the university’s health requirements before arrival at Cornell. If you are not able to do so – or you are unable to provide official documentation – you must complete your requirements as soon as you get to campus to avoid penalties and late fees (see below).

Students in Ithaca

You may receive all required vaccinations, as well as TB screening, at Cornell Health (charges may apply; see below). 

You must consult with Cornell Health's Requirements staff as soon as possible so they can review your records and help you make a plan for getting required immunization / TB screening.

Attend a Requirements Clinic at Cornell Health: 

Requirements staff will review your records and help you make a plan for getting required immunizations / TB screening. 

  • Wednesday, 8/21:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed from 12:00–1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, 8/22:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed from 12:00–1:00 pm)
  • Friday, 8/23:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed from 12:00–1:00 pm)
  • Monday, 8/26:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed from 12:00–1:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, 8/27:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed from 12:00–1:00 pm)

Clinics are held at Cornell Health, Level 1 (use Campus Road entrance). Please come early if possible, and leave yourself time, as there may be a wait!

Cornell Tech students

If you will be on the Ithaca campus before the start of your program, you get get your required immunizations at Cornell Health. Please see the "Students in Ithaca" section immediately above.

Otherwise, please see instructions for Cornell Tech Students to find out how to meet your requirements in New York City.

Costs for immunizations / testing at Cornell Health:

  • Charges for required immunizations and TB screening tests are covered by Cornell’s Student Health Plan (nearly all international students are on SHP) and Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+).  
  • Charges are not covered by Cornell’s Ithaca Student Health Fee. If you have private health insurance, you will be charged for the required immunizations / testing (may cost up to $900), and then may submit the bill to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.

Penalties & late fees

Students who arrive on campus without having met their health requirements will have a temporary hold placed on their registration status. These students can still register for, attend, and drop/add classes, but will not be able to use the Book Store, library, fitness centers, and some other campus facilities until they complete their requirements. Some students may also experience delays in receiving stipends.

If you meet with Requirements staff as soon as you get to campus (see above), the hold will be removed. 

Students who are found not to be in compliance with Cornell’s health requirements …

  • By Sept. 20: will be charged a non-refundable $100 late fee
  • By Sept. 27 for U.S. students: will be dis-enrolled from the university, and will be charged $350 to re-enroll
  • By Oct. 14 for international students: will be dis-enrolled from the university, and will be charged $350 to re-enroll

Questions?

  • Please refer to our Health Requirements FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.
  • If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed there, please contact our Requirements Office at immunization@cornell.edu or 607-255-4364. Note that during high-volume times, it may take staff members several days to respond.

Non-compliance information for ...

Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccination

Requirement: Two doses of live vaccine OR protective-antibody titer OR physician diagnosed illness.

  • Vaccine:
    • Have you had 2 doses of vaccine: MMR OR separate Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines?
    • Were your vaccine doses on or after one year of age?
    • Were your vaccine doses at least 28 days apart?
    • Did you provide an official record?
  • Titer:
    • Did you have a positive protective-antibody titer (blood test)? 
    • Did you provide an official record?
  • Previous illness:
    • Did you have a physician diagnosed illness (accepted for measles and mumps only)?
    • Did you provide us with the date you had it?

Meningococcal vaccination

Requirement: Meningococcal vaccination OR signed Meningococcal vaccine waiver form. 

If you received the Meningococcal vaccine:

  • Did you receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine within the past 5 years?
  • *Or* did you receive the Meningococcal B vaccine, and complete the series?
  • Did you provide an official record?

If you have chosen NOT to get the Meningococcal vaccine:

  • Did you sign and submit the Meningococcal vaccine waiver form?
  • If you are under 18 years of age, did your parent/guardian provide a signature?
  • To submit the waiver form, go to the myCornellHealth menu; choose Downloadable Forms; then choose Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver. 

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccination (Tdap)

Requirement: One Tdap vaccine (age 10 or later). If Tdap was more than 10 years ago,tetanus booster within past 10 years is also required.

  • Pertussis (Tdap)
    • Have you had the Tdap vaccine at age 10 or later?
    • Did you provide an official record?
  • Tetanus 
    • If your Tdap vaccine was more than 10 years ago, have you had either a Td, Tdap, or tetanus toxoid vaccine in the past 10 years?
    • Did you provide an official record?

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Requirement: Two doses of live vaccine OR protective antibody titer OR physician diagnosed illness. (If you were born in the U.S. before 1980, this requirement does not apply.)  

  • Vaccine:
    • Have you had 2 doses of Varicella vaccine?
    • Were your doses at least 28 days apart?
    • Did you provide an official record?
  • Titer:
    • Did you have a positive protective-antibody titer (blood test)?
    • Did you provide an official record? 
  • Previous illness:
    • Did you have a physician diagnosed illness?
    • Did you provide an official record?

Tuberculin (TB) Screening

Requirement: Students from countries with a high incidence of TB (pdf) must document a Quantiferon-TB Gold or T-SPOT blood test. Skin tests do not meet this requirement. If your TB test result was positive, you also must submit a chest x-ray report (no films, please).

  • Did you provide official records of your TB screening blood test?
  • If your blood test was positive, did you submit a chest x-ray report?
  • Was your screening test done during the proper time period?
    • Students entering in the summer or fall of 2019: your test must be dated September 1, 2018 or later.
    • Students entering in the spring semester of 2020: your test must be dated February 1, 2019 or later.