AAP COVID-19 Updates and Resources

General Academic Information

Academic Calendar

All AAP classes regardless of location (Ithaca/AAP NYC/remote) will follow the revised Cornell University calendar, with Fall semester classes beginning on Wednesday, September 2, and transitioning online after November 24. The final day of the fall term will be on Monday, December 21.

The spring calendar has not yet been finalized. However, the spring semester is expected to begin on Monday, February 8, 2021 and conclude on Tuesday, May 25. The university plans to have a full residential spring semester, though that is dependent on pandemic conditions at the time.

Additional calendar information is available on the Cornell COVID-19 and Reactivation Planning Webpage; the key academic dates have been finalized and can be found here

Teaching Modalities

Consistent with the campus reactivation plan, AAP adopted four instructional modalities this fall which will continue in the spring semester:

  • In-person only
  • Virtual, all online
  • In-person, with remote accessibility into the classroom for students who are off-campus and/or in quarantine
  • Hybrid, where some elements of the course are delivered online and others in-person, or where student cohorts take turns participating remotely versus in-person

In-person AAP classes will provide remote access for students who are in quarantine/isolation; most in-person AAP classes will offer an online option for students participating remotely.

Regardless of the mode of instruction, AAP students will continue to receive rigorous theoretical and experiential training. Their coursework will continue to challenge their creativity, critical thinking, and development of social, ethical, and cultural practices. Regardless of individual physical location, most AAP classes are accessible to all registered AAP students, allowing students to make degree progress. The primary instructional modality of each course will be indicated in the class roster. Students should note the instructional modality at the time of course enrollment.

Course Enrollment

Enrollment in required courses: Generally, AAP students will be enrolled in their required classes by AAP Student Services. Students are encouraged to contact AAP Student Services if they have any questions about the enrollment process or degree progress.

Enrollment and add/drop: AAP students will have access to enroll in classes according to the revised university enrollment timeline and procedures. Information about enrollment will be updated as soon as the Office of the University Registrar releases it. Additional enrollment information can be found here

Time conflicts: Students considering enrolling in two classes with overlapping meeting times are strongly encouraged to discuss this option with AAP Student Services. Time conflicts for in-person classes will generally not be allowed.

Credit limit: AAP's standard credit limit of 20 academic credits remains in effect for the spring 2021 semester. Students wishing to enroll in additional credits are encouraged to discuss their plans with AAP Student Services and/or their faculty advisor.

AAP Student Services

The Student Services and AAP Connect staff have shifted to virtual operations. Please reach out with questions or concerns to aap-studentservices@cornell.edu, or sign up for a virtual appointment here.

To reach members of the Student Services or AAP Connect staff in the case that you are unable to schedule an appointment, please find individual contact information below. Please be sure to note specific questions or include information necessary to resolve questions or prepare for an appointment scheduled via email. 

Chatter: You can reach Student Services through Chatter by posting a question in your specific department group. HERE.

Live Chat: Student Services will be on live chat throughout the day (this is a part of the Chatter page), please use chat for quick questions. HERE.

Virtual front desk: Direct access to our front desk is available in 261 E. Sibley. There is a kiosk that will be open Monday through Friday during business hours. Support services: Many university services will continute to be remote this spring. Student Services staff can connect you to support both within AAP and throughout the university. All meetings with the Student Services team will be held over Zoom or on the phone. For any assistance you need, please email aap-studentservices@cornell.edu.

Behavioral compact: AAP has the expectation that all students will continue to adhere to the University Behavioral Compact any spring additions. Please review it here if you have any questions.

AAP Facilities

    Update: AAP facilities use/access beginning November 25:

    Unless otherwise indicated, all AAP facilities will be closed to students beginning November 25.

    Any allowed access will be limited to those in compliance with travel restrictions, Daily Check process, and surveillance testing.

    • Studio, Shops, and Equipment Cage – access will be limited to M.F.A. students and graduate thesis students in their final semester.
      • Fabrication Shops (digital fabrication equipment, woodshop, metal shop) – access will be available 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
      • Print Media Facilities and Photography Labs – access will be available on an individually-scheduled basis.
      • Equipment Cage – access will be available 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
      • Fabrication Shops, Print Media Facilities, Photography Labs, and Equipment Cage will be closed from December 21–February 8.
    • Offices – Ph.D. student requests for use of an office will be managed on an individual basis by Frank Parish, Director of Facilities.
    • Sibley Hall – the building will be open 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.  Select smaller classrooms will be available to book as study space using the AAP Room Reservations system.
    • Milstein Hall, the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library, the Green Dragon, and the AAP Supply Store – these spaces will all be closed.
    • Questions should be addressed to Jenn Michael, Director of Student Services or Frank Parish, Director of Facilities.

    Current AAP facilities use/access until November 24:

    AAP classrooms, studios, teaching labs, and other academic use spaces are de-densified according to New York State and Tompkins County Health Department guidelines. In order to accommodate de-densification, studio spaces are expanded into the Hartell and Bibliowicz galleries, the Fine Arts Library, B56 E. Sibley (the former temporary home of the Fine Arts Library), the Milstein Hall basement annex space, and the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center. The Tjaden and Experimental galleries in Tjaden Hall are converted into classrooms, and the Sibley Dome space on the second floor of Sibley Hall is expanded into a large-scale classroom for use by the university.

    In classrooms, students have assigned seats that are placed six feet apart, and faculty have space equal to at least 10 feet from the first row of seats to the wall where they can comfortably instruct classes. In studios and other maker spaces, where the norm is for students to move around the room as they interact with equipment, modified workflows and protocols are in place to facilitate physical distancing. Masks are required for anyone entering a university building and are worn while in class or studio.

    Hours and access: AAP buildings are open to the public from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. During the hours of 4:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m.; access to all AAP facilities are limited to the AAP community by card access until further notice. AAP facilities, with the exception of M.F.A. student access to The Foundry, are closed from 1:00–6:00 a.m.

    Cleaning: Classrooms and studios are cleaned twice daily — once between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m., and again at midday. In addition, each classroom, lab, and shop space has cleaning stations that have supplies available for people to clean their own spaces as desired.

    Study spaces: Due to the de-densification of studios and classrooms, AAP has few study spaces available within its buildings. However, study spaces are available to the AAP community located across the university. Use the AAP Room Reservation system to book online.

    AAP dining: The Green Dragon is open, though seating is limited. Unfortunately, Franny's is closed for the fall semester.

    Other AAP facilities:

    • Fabrication Shops (digital fabrication equipment, woodshop, metal shop) — all are available, though access will be more limited and controlled through online scheduling and queuing tools.
    • Advanced Digital Media Services (A.D.M.S.) and Barclay Gibbs Jones Urban Design Lab — these facilities are closed for physical use, but are available through virtual access provided by IT Solutions.
    • Mui Ho Fine Arts Library — the library is closed to browsing and studying. The collection is available through online request and a campus distribution system. The reading room and carrels are being used as architecture studio space.
    • The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art — several gallery spaces are dedicated to AAP use for art exhibitions and critique/review space.
    • Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center — the welcome center, overlooking Beebe Lake on Thurston Avenue, just across the Triphammer Bridge, is dedicated as architecture studio space.

    AAP Off-campus Programs

    Cornell in Rome: Due to university policies on international travel, Italian travel bans to visitors from outside the Schengen region, and visa delays, the normal Cornell AAP Rome semester will be suspended for the 2020 - 21 academic year.

    We know that students have been looking forward to their Rome semester for a long time, and many will have questions about a future semester in Rome. Given the uncertainties associated with the current public health crisis and associated travel restrictions, we cannot make any guarantees regarding a future semester in Rome. We hope to open up the Rome application process for the 2021 – 22 academic year in during the spring semester.

    AAP NYC: A modified, in-person fall semester is planned at AAP NYC. In order to meet health and safety requirements, AAP NYC's approaches to health screening, quarantine and isolation, contact tracing, and the modifications to academic activities and student life will be informed by those outlined in the reactivation plan for the Ithaca campus. These include university guidelines related to community engagement and field trips, and extend to internships. While NYC can still provide students with access to extensive professional and alumni networks, university guidelines require that to the extent possible, course components that ordinarily involve travel and/or interaction with individuals outside of the Cornell community take place virtually. We expect these guidelines to remain in effect for the spring. Students at AAP NYC should expect to be enrolled in a combination of in-person, online, and hybrid courses. In addition to the core AAP NYC offerings, students will have the opportunity to enroll in online classes offered at the Ithaca campus.

    Study Away: In response to international travel restrictions, Cornell University has established agreements with multiple partner schools worldwide to provide study opportunities to international students in those regions and who are not able to travel to Ithaca. We expect Study Away to continue to be an option in spring. Study Away provides international students the opportunity to remain registered as a Cornell university student, make degree progress online while having access to some in-person instruction through the partner school, and tap into a Cornell community of students and alumni at the Study Away site. Students who have accepted a Study Away placement are still AAP students. Study Away students will enroll in a minimum of 12 Cornell credits, including required AAP classes, and will continue to have access to AAP support from offices such as AAP Student Services and IT Solutions.

    AAP Admissions

    Visiting AAP and Cornell: Cornell is unable to offer on-campus programming for prospective students until further notice. This includes campus tours, information sessions, and individual appointments. Campus buildings are inaccessible to visitors. We understand that such cancellations are disappointing and disruptive during an already stressful time. We encourage prospective undergraduate students to utilize the Virtual Campus Visit page, which includes videos of campus and pre-recorded information sessions. Prospective applicants are encouraged to email aap-admissions@cornell.edu to set up 1:1 Zoom or phone appointments with AAP Admissions staff.

    Undergraduate Applicants: Information about our undergraduate programs in architecture, art, and planning, including the application process, admissions requirements, and deadlines, can be found here.

    Please note: Cornell University has suspended the SAT/ACT requirement for 2020–21 applicants. Cornell AAP will not consider standardized test scores during application reading and selection during this cycle. For more information, please refer to the Cornell Admissions blog post “Why We Went Score-Free”.

    Graduate Applicants: Please refer to the AAP graduate admissions website for information about our graduate degree programs and application processes, deadlines, and requirements.

    COVID-19 Graduate School Updates offers information particularly relevant to the graduate student community. While most of this information is geared toward current students, it will help you understand how the Graduate School is navigating the pandemic.

    Contact us: If you have any questions regarding admissions, please contact us at aap-admissions@cornell.edu. We understand that this is a stressful and unprecedented situation, and the AAP admissions staff will do all they can to answer your questions and assist you.

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