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Updated May 5, 2022

Cornell College COVID-19 response

Cornell’s campus is a mask friendly campus for summer session 2022.  In accordance with CDC recommendations for low-risk areas, masks are not required in any campus buildings. Faculty and staff retain the ability to require masks in their offices, classrooms, and laboratories at their discretion, and all such requirements will be communicated with students and visitors through syllabi, signage, or both.

Mask friendly means that mask-wearing is accepted in all situations without question, and as a community we strive to accommodate the requests of others for each of us to also mask in meetings, offices, service appointments in our spaces, and at close-quarter events. All community members are expected to keep a mask with them to wear when requested by others.

We realize you might have questions about how this works in specific situations, please review our campus protocols for the latest expectations of students, staff, and visitors to campus.

Tracking COVID-19 on campus

Throughout 2020, 2021, and the early  months of 2022 Cornell College had a data team, composed of faculty, staff, and student researchers who would gather data on the community around us, global research studies, as well as monitor campus testing and immunity level. We used this information to determine our campus response to the ever-changing conditions of this pandemic, making recommendations to college leadership as they consider and set safety protocols for the campus.  

As local and state agencies have diminished reporting on testing, cases, and hospitalizations, this team has sought out new data sources and adjusted their reporting accordingly.


If you have questions for the college related to our COVID-19 response, please email COVID-19response@cornellcollege.edu and we will follow up with you during regular business hours.