Addressing Compliance Problems

Not yet in compliance?

If the review of your materials determines that you have not demonstrated compliance with Immunization and/or TB Screening Requirements, we will send an email to your Cornell address directing you to log in to myCornellHealth to retrieve a secure message about what is missing from your form and/or documentation.

Review your immunization record

  1. View your immunization record by logging in to myCornellHealth.
  2. Go to the navigation menu, and select "Immunization Record."
  3. Review your immunizations there. You should be able to see the areas where you are "not compliant."
  4. Next, consider the questions below to see what you need to do to complete your immunization requirements.
  5. If you need to provide written documentation related to any of these, please be aware that only official records from your school, your health care provider, or the military will be accepted.

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?

If you cannot provide official documentation of immunization, you require additional vaccination(s).

Meningococcal vaccination

Requirement: Meningococcal ACWY vaccination (within 5 years) OR signed Meningococcal vaccine waiver form 

If you received meningococcal vaccine:

  • Did you receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine within the past 5 years?
  • 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; choose Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver. 

You must submit a waiver form or documentation of a vaccine within 5 years.

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? (You must have one Tdap vaccine.)
    • 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?

If you cannot provide official documentation of immunization, you require additional vaccination(s).

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 us with the date you had it?
    • Did you provide an official record?

If you cannot provide official documentation of immunization, you require additional vaccination.

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. 

If you are not able to submit documentation of an approved method of TB testing before coming to Cornell, you must schedule (and keep) an appointment for TB screening at Cornell Health as soon as you arrive on campus. There will be a hold on your registration until you do so. To schedule, call the Requirements Office: 607-255-4364.    


Not able to meet your requirements?

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 a late fee and possible dis-enrollment from your program.

Students in Ithaca: 

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

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: Wednesday 8/21, Thursday 8/22, Friday 8/23, Monday 8/26, or Tuesday 8/27 (all 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Cornell Health)
  • If you are not here when the Clinics are offered: Call 607-255-4364 or come to Cornell Health (Level 6) during business hours to speak with our Requirements staff 

Cornell Tech students:

If you will be on the Ithaca campus before the start of your program, please see "Students in Ithaca," 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 some other campus facilities (book store, gym, etc.) 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.