COVID-19: Essential information for the SC Johnson College community


Cornell University leadership is working proactively with local and state public health organizations to monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak and to protect the health and well-being of the Cornell community. Cornell’s coronavirus website will continue to be updated as new or relevant information emerges. We encourage you to consult that site for the most up-to-date information related to university-wide policies and procedures.

Impacts for the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 13, Cornell University has suspended all classes on the Ithaca campus for three weeks. Virtual instruction will begin on Monday, April 6. The university has strongly encouraged all undergraduate students and many graduate and professional students to return as soon as feasible to their permanent home residences.

As we all navigate the COVID-19 outbreak, please remember that the well-being of those in the SC Johnson College community is paramount. The college is working closely with the university’s leadership to respond to this rapidly changing situation.

Review updates on the following:


Academic instruction

For our Ithaca programs, classes are suspended until April 6. Starting April 6, classes will all be delivered online.

For our New York City programs, all instruction transitioned online as of March 12 and will remain online. Carefully review all correspondence from your instructors and program directors for further information.

Additional implications:

  • Executive MBA Metro NY and Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership students should no longer report to Roosevelt Island for weekend courses; instruction will be online
  • Executive MBA Americas students should no longer report to their local boardrooms for weekend course delivery; instruction will be online

Student activities and services

All student club gatherings, recruitment, and social events will be cancelled or offered virtually for the foreseeable future. This includes international and domestic treks, case competitions, career fairs, hackathons or other challenges, and conferences. Please connect with club leaders or event organizers to see if it has been determined whether specific student activities will transition to virtual events.

Resources and virtual advising for students

Beginning Monday, March 16, student services and career offices on campus will be closed. Students should plan to connect with these office through email and scheduled appointments, which will take place via Zoom and phone. Our teams are actively working on new ways of connecting virtually and will be in touch with students regarding those options.


Admissions processes

All in-person admissions events are cancelled until further notice. This includes campus and class visits, and the university is suspending tours for prospective undergraduate and graduate students. Our admissions teams will also suspend domestic and international travel and cancel in-person, on-location recruitment events such as Coffee Chats and networking events.

Online events, such as Ask Admissions and other information sessions, are expected to remain scheduled. Admissions teams anticipate expanding scheduled online information offerings, both in frequency and content.

Dyson and SHA undergraduate programs

Specialized master’s and PhD programs

Some answers to your questions may be available on the Cornell Graduate School’s website. If you need more information, you can refer to the admissions guides for your program of interest.

Ithaca-based residential MBA programs

  • COVID-19 and MBA admission implications—Information on interviews, testing center closures, and contacting admissions
  • Johnson Leadership Exploration & Assessment Day (LEAD) event for scholarship candidates is being postponed to Friday, March 20 and will be in an online format; more information is forthcoming
  • Accelerate Johnson for admitted One-Year accelerated MBA students is moving online; more information is forthcoming

Facilities information

Changes to access

  • As of the close of business Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m. and until further notice, Statler Hall, Sage Hall, Warren Hall, and the Breazzano Center will be closed except for a few critical staff members. You may not enter the buildings, including your own work areas, for any reason.
  • Faculty must conduct virtual instruction from home unless you have received an exemption from your dean and the provost.
  • Starting Sunday, March 22, The Statler Hotel will be closing temporarily.
  • Cornell University Libraries are operating online only.

Building contacts

Unless your request is urgent, please reach out Monday through Friday during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Breazzano Center and Sage Hall:

Statler Hall and the Statler Hotel:

Warren Hall:

Mail delivery

USPS, UPS, FedEx and other deliveries will continue as normal, but mail sorting and package delivery from the mail room will pause until further notice.

  • All Breazzano mail and packages are being rerouted to the Sage Hall mailroom; card access required
  • Warren Hall USPS mail will be placed in the Warren mailroom; all Warren Hall packages are being held at the Plant Science loading dock
  • Statler Hall and Statler Hotel mail and packages are being held and placed in the Campus Copy mailroom; this room is staffed Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • In all cases there will be no USPS sorting

Finance and business service center/procurement updates

Faculty and staff should refer to the faculty/staff intranet page for more information on finance and business service center updates and procedures.


Resources for SC Johnson College faculty and staff

Resources for faculty and staff are available on the SC Johnson College intranet. These resources include online instruction resources, human resources and workplace information, guidance on communications needs, and more. Please review the documentation or contact Jennifer Campbell, executive director of communications, for more information.

Staff and faculty: Help us keep this page current and useful! If you have resources or information that may benefit our website visitors, we invite you to submit your suggestion here. From the drop-down, select “business.cornell.edu” as the site, and then write “COVID-19” as the subject.