The coming semester promises to be completely different than all that have come before.

Fall Reactivation Town Hall Recap: Orientation to Be Virtual, Students to Quarantine in Hotel Rooms Upon Arrival to Campus

At a July 15 campus reopening town hall, administrators tried to field nearly 2,000 questions on topics ranging from academic policy to freshman orientation. Since the June 30 announcement, many details on what the fall semester would look like still remain unclear. Now, administrators are offering a glimpse into the rules and planning initiatives that would be in place when thousands of students return to Ithaca in August. Panelists included Ryan Lombardi, Zebadiah Hall, Gary Koretzky, Lisa Nishii, Jenny Loeffelman, Vijay Pendakur and Pat Wynn. Move-In

Cornell asks that students quarantine for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus, but all will be tested upon arrival.

Ryan Lombardi and Sharon McMullen spoke with The Sun about the planning going into the upcoming semester.

Cornell Admin Justify Decision to Reopen as Cases Spike Nationwide

“I do think that Cornell made a really good decision based on the information we had and have available to us,” said Ryan Lombardi, who is the Vice President for Student and Campus Life. “Having said that, I will say we’re paying close attention to what’s happening around the country and, and that it gives us concern.”

A testing site in San Jose, California. Operation of a similar site will begin on campus July 16 to test students this fall.

Cornell COVID-19 Testing Program to Start July 16

Cornell will begin testing students for COVID-19 on July 16, according to an email from Vice Provost for Academic Integration Gary Koretzky and Vice President for Students and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi sent to students on Wednesday. Testing will be available for students on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Fischell Band Center, which is located in the parking lot of Schoellkopf Stadium.