Addressing Compliance Problems

UPDATE: Completing your requirements for Fall 2020

Students taking in-person classes this fall:

  • You must complete your immunization requirements during the fall semester if you were not able to do so before coming to campus (EXCEPTION: the TB deadline has been extended to spring 2021). We are not accessing a penalty for those who missed the requirements deadline. 
  • ITHACA STUDENTS: We are no longer able to provide immunizations at Cornell Health due to a recent reallocation of staff and resources toward COVID-19 testing and care. Instead, you will be required to receive your outstanding immunizations through a community provider. 
  • Please contact our Requirements Office at immunization@cornell.edu or 607-255-4364 for guidance about what requirements you still need to complete, and how to receive outstanding immunizations. 

Students participating in distance learning this fall: 

  • If you are away from campus this fall and engaged in distance learning, you are strongly encouraged – but not required – to upload any immunization documents you have now. 
  • The deadline to complete all immunization requirements before spring 2021 in-person study begins is December 20, 2020.

Students in Ithaca

We expect students to meet the university’s health requirements before arrival at Cornell.

However, if you are not able to do so – or you are unable to provide official documentation – you may receive all required vaccinations, as well as TB screening, at Cornell Health (charges may apply; see below). As soon as you get to campus, call 607-255-4364 to consult with Cornell Health's Requirements staff so they can review your records and help you make a plan for getting required immunization / TB screening.

Per Cornell Unversity's COVID-19 Behavioral Compact, flu vaccination is required for all students studying on the Ithaca campus during the Fall 2020 semester. (Exceptions may be made for those who receive a medical, religious, or other exemption.) Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color (BIPOC) may have personal concerns about fulfilling the Compact requirements based on historical injustices and current events, and may find this information helpful. Learn more below about why Cornell is requiring flu vaccination for students, and how to apply for an exemption

Cornell Tech students

We expect students to meet the university’s health requirements before arrival at Cornell. However, if you are not able to do so – or you are unable to provide official documentation – you must do so as soon as you arrive on campus.

If you will be on the Ithaca campus before the start of your program, you can 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.

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.