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Dear Students,

The past few weeks have been life-altering for all of us and I wanted to check in with you before classes resume to offer a few glimmers of hope and to remind you of some of the resources that are available to you as you navigate through these uncertain times.

By now, most of you have made it home, while some of you are staying in Ithaca. Our faculty and staff have transitioned to working from home and are busy testing remote technologies for all 1,177 courses offered in Arts & Sciences this spring. We are the largest college at Cornell and the classes that we teach include students from across the University. I am continually impressed and inspired by the talent and perseverance of our faculty and staff to bring you a quality educational experience under extraordinary circumstances.

Please continue to engage with your instructors and advisors with any questions or concerns that you might have about your academic experience. They have been funneling questions our way and we are working hard to meet your needs in partnership with the University leadership. 

In addition to the University’s COVID-19 website, which is regularly being updated as decisions are made and new information becomes available, we have also created a page on the College's site to serve as a quick reference guide to resources available across the university that are useful to the Arts & Sciences community. We’ve listed some of those links below that are specifically for students.

Read on for some great stories that feature members of our community and the ways they are adapting to these changes, as well as a roundup of faculty in the news addressing the pandemic from a variety of perspectives.

Finally, I hope you are all taking good care of your health and finding ways to stay connected to one another. We will get through this together.


Ray Jayawardhana
The Harold Tanner Dean of Arts & Sciences

General Resources

For Students

"Everyone is just coming together right now."

Cornell's Center for Teaching Innovation is helping faculty prepare for the shift to virtual learning April 6.

Faculty are helping students come up with solutions – ways they can be productive remotely, read papers and write.

“We’re so happy to do our small part to support the essential and heroic work being done by the health care professionals."

Recently in the Media

Kaushik Basu, “More than rate cuts: The coronavirus demands a coordinated global policy response,” MarketWatch

Magnus Fiskesjö, “China is mobilizing to control the narrative on coronavirus,” Quartz

Lawrence Glickman, “Is Donald Trump delusional or a gaslighter? Media should say clearly: It's both,” Salon

Suzanne Mettler, “The pandemic could change how Americans view government,” The Atlantic

Noliwe Rooks, “Inside New York City’s blitz to create online classes for 1.1 million students,” Wall Street Journal

Jeremy Lee Wallace, “China is reporting big successes in the coronavirus fight. Should we trust the numbers?” Washington Post

Jessica Chen Weiss, “Coronavirus worsens U.S.-China ties and bolsters hawks in Washington,” New York Times