COVID Etiquette

If you test positive for COVID ...

Report your positive COVID test result to receive 5-day isolation instructions and academic accommodations. Learn more about what to do if you test positive.

Etiquette for ill students, faculty, and staff ...

If you are ill with  symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, seek and perform an antigen test and take appropriate actions, below.   

COVID-19 etiquette for students

If you are ill:

  • Do not attend class, work, or other social gatherings.
  • If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, seek and perform an antigen test.
  • If you are feeling particularly ill, contact Cornell Health at 607-255-5155.

If you test positive:

  • Report your positive COVID test result, which helps track the prevalence on campus and to provide academic support while you recover.
  • You will receive detailed isolation instructions, and will be granted a temporary accommodation notice that you may elect to share with your instructors if you anticipate missing class during your isolation period.
  • Contact your college student services office for additional academic support as needed.
  • Tell roommates and other close contacts that you have COVID-19. This will allow others to take proactive steps to monitor their health.
  • Wear a high-quality mask at all times, except when eating, sleeping or using bathroom facilities (e.g., showering, brushing teeth).
  • Isolate in your residence hall or apartment following current isolation guidelines.
  • Limit time away from your room, except when seeking medical care or picking up food.
  • Clean shared areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens, immediately after use and before the next person enters.

Roommates of COVID-19 positive students should:

  • Wear a high-quality mask when in residence halls/rooms, except when sleeping.
  • Get tested. Because the virus can take days to incubate, even if asymptomatic, you should test immediately upon learning your roommate is positive and then several days later.
  • Test immediately if you become symptomatic.
  • Take extra precautions, such as cleaning shared, high-touch surfaces.
  • Some roommates of COVID-19 positive students may feel more comfortable temporarily relocating – students may choose to stay with a friend or go to a hotel at their own expense. Students in university housing who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (as defined by the CDC) and have a COVID-positive roommate should contact Student Disability Services to discuss a temporary housing accommodation.

If you test negative: 

  • Your illness may still be contagious. If you attend class, work or social gatherings, wear a well-fitting mask until your symptoms have resolved.
  • If your symptoms are significant, consider calling Cornell Health at 607-255-5155 for an appointment or self-care guidance.
  • If you don't feel well enough to attend class, connect with your faculty member about the need to miss class.

COVID-19 etiquette for faculty and staff

If you are ill:

  • Do not attend class, work or other social gatherings.
  • If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, seek and perform an antigen test.
  • If you are feeling particularly ill, contact your primary care provider.

If you test positive:

  • Report your positive COVID test result, which helps track the prevalence on campus and enables employees to receive appropriate workplace guidance.
  • Tell colleagues and other close contacts that you have COVID-19. This will allow others to take proactive steps to monitor their health.
  • Isolate at home and follow current isolation guidelines.
  • Wear a high-quality mask at all times, except when eating.

If you test negative:

  • Your illness may still be contagious. If you attend class, work or social gatherings, wear a well-fitting mask until your symptoms have resolved.
  • If your symptoms are significant, please contact your primary care provider for an appointment or self-care guidance.

Resources for support

Refer to these resources if you need support or information related to housing, dining, academics, travel, getting a copy of your vaccination documentation, and more.