Addressing Compliance Problems

Meeting your New Student Health Requirements

New students were expected to meet their requirements BEFORE coming to Cornell:

Students who come to campus without having met their requirements have a temporary hold placed on their registration status. Students must complete their requirements as soon as they get to campus to have the hold lifted and avoid additional penalties.

How to come in to compliance 

If our review of your materials determines that you have not demonstrated compliance with Cornell's immunization and/or TB screening requirements, we will send an email to your Cornell email address directing you to log in to myCornellHealth to view a secure message about what is missing from your forms and/or documentation.

You will be instructed to ...

  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.

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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 2021: your test must be dated September 1, 2020 or later.
    • Students entering in the spring semester of 2022: your test must be dated February 1, 2021 or later. 

Meeting your requirements at Cornell Health 

If you are not able to meet your requirements before coming to Cornell, you may do so at Cornell Health. Charges may apply; see below. 

TAKE ACTION NOW TO AVOID PENALTIES: 

Contact our Requirements staff now for a consultation about what requirements you are missing, and how to come in to compliance:

  • Call us to consult: 607-255-4364 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, M-F, Eastern Standard Time)
    *OR*
  • Schedule an online (Zoom) consultation appointment: Log into myCornellHealth and select Appointments > Schedule an appointment > Health requirements consultation.

Costs for immunizations / testing at Cornell Health:

Charges to receive all immunizations and TB testing may cost up to $900.

  • 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+) with no out-of-pocket costs for plan members.  
  • If you have other insurance, the charges will be billed to your insurance if Cornell Health is in-network with your insurance plan, or directly to you if your plan is out of network. Your out-of-pocket costs will depend on your insurance coverage.

Information for Cornell Tech students

Cornell Tech students who will be on the Ithaca campus before the start of their program may also get required immunizations / TB testing at Cornell Health (see above).

Otherwise, please see information for Cornell Tech Students to learn how to meet your requirements in New York City.

Penalties & 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 access campus housing and dining and 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 our Requirements staff as soon as you get to campus (see above), the hold will be removed.

Students who have not met their requirements (or have not made a plan with our Requirements staff to meet their requirements) …

  • By August 16: will have a temporary hold placed on their registration status (see above)
  • By 30 days after the first day of classes (September 25): will be dis-enrolled from the university, and will be charged $350 to re-enroll once they come into compliance

PLEASE NOTE: Cornell Health is temporarily delaying some immunization appointments to prioritize COVID testing and care. Students who have been contacted about having their immunizations appointment rescheduled will NOT be subject to the penalties above during this period.

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.