Cornell and Syracuse to Suspend On Campus Instruction After Friday’s Classes

Cornell University

STATEMENT FROM CORNELL UNIVERSITY: While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, we must do all we can to minimize future community spread.

  • Most significantly, we will move to online instruction. After spring break all instruction – for the rest of the semester – will be online. We will be asking all undergraduate students and many professional degree students to leave campus at the start of spring break and to remain at their permanent home residence, completing their semesters remotely.
  • We are tightening our policies for group events to prohibit all nonessential events of more than 100 people, on and off campus, even when they include only members of the Cornell community. This excludes classroom teaching through March 27.
  • With the exception of students returning home for spring break (and remaining there for the rest of the semester), we are strongly discouraging all domestic travel, both personal and Cornell-related.

    Syracuse University

    STATEMENT FROM SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY: Following extensive consultation with local health officials, medical professionals, faculty experts and community leaders, effective the end of the academic day on Friday, Syracuse University will suspend residential academic programs and transition to online course delivery.

    We acknowledge that suspending residential course delivery will create challenges for students, faculty and staff. That said, these are unprecedented circumstances. Given the rapid spread of coronavirus across New York state, the fluidity of the situation, and the uncertainty and concern the virus is causing in our community, we believe this decision is prudent and necessary.

    Beginning at the end of the academic day on Friday and through at least March 30, Syracuse University will transition from residential to online instruction and/or other alternative (non-residential) modalities.

    While residential instruction will be suspended as of the end of the academic day on Friday, the University will otherwise remain open for normal business operations until further notice.