AAP COVID-19 Updates and Resources

General Academic Information

Academic Calendar

All AAP classes regardless of location will follow the Cornell University calendar, with the spring semester beginning on January 24 as planned.

Teaching Modalities

Ithaca: The first two weeks of instruction will be virtual, with in-person instruction starting February 7.

Cornell in Rome: The first week of instruction will be virtual, with in-person instruction starting January 31.

AAP NYC: Instruction will begin in-person as planned, starting January 24.

AAP Student Services

The AAP Student Services staff will be operating remotely through at least Monday, January 17. During this time, staff will be available for virtual advising meetings. Please reach out to aap-studentservices@cornell.edu with questions or concerns, or sign up for a virtual appointment here.

Support services: Many university services will continue to be remote through Monday, January 17 with limited in-person offerings until February 7. Student services staff can connect you to resources for support both within AAP and throughout the university. For any assistance you need, please email aap-studentservices@cornell.edu.

AAP Facilities

    While our buildings will be open for the start of the semester, AAP facilities in Ithaca will have somewhat limited access for students until the start of in-person instruction on February 7. Any allowed use/access should be only for virtual instruction or study and will be limited to those in compliance with current public health guidance.


    AAP facilities use/access January 24–February 6

    Hours and access: AAP buildings are open to the public from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. During the hours of 6:00–8:00 a.m. and 4:30–10:00 p.m. access to all AAP facilities is limited to the AAP community by card. All AAP facilities, with the exception of M.F.A. student access to The Foundry, are closed from 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

    Other AAP facilities:

    • Architecture studio spaces will be accessible from 6:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. and should be used on a limited basis only for virtual instruction or study purposes that cannot be done at student residences. Students will be assigned studio desks, and all desks and spaces must be cleared at the end of each use.
    • M.F.A. foundry studios and B.F.A. senior thesis studios will be accessible for the hours indicated above.
    • Galleries will be available for scheduled exhibitions with visitation limited to the Cornell community.
    • Fabrication shops (digital fabrication equipment, woodshop, metal shop, darkroom, print shop) will be available only for faculty research/work purposes.
    • Advanced Digital Media Services (A.D.M.S.) and Barclay Gibbs Jones Urban Design Lab will be closed for physical use but are available through virtual access provided by IT Solutions.
    • IT Solutions equipment lending cage and plotting equipment will be closed.
    • AAP Supply Store will be open Monday–Thursday from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    • Mui Ho Fine Arts Library will be open though hours may be modified or reduced.
    • Dining Franny's will reopen on January 24; the Green Dragon will reopen on February 7.

    AAP Off-campus Programs

    Cornell in Rome and The Gensler Family AAP NYC Center will be operating this spring as planned. In order to meet health and safety requirements, approaches to pre-departure and arrival testing, ongoing health screening, quarantine and isolation, and modifications to academic activities and student life will be informed by program-specific criteria and local guidelines and requirements.

    Cornell in Rome: Detailed information about pre-departure, arrival, orientation, and instruction is available in Canvas. Spring semester classes will begin on January 25 as planned, but with one week of virtual instruction. In-person instruction is expected to begin on January 31. Students are still expected to arrive in Rome from January 17–19. Students who test positive for COVID-19 prior to departure or who experience flight cancellations should contact Annalisa Maione, Administrative Director, and Jenn Michael, Director of Student Services, immediately.

    AAP NYC: The spring semester will begin in-person on January 24, as planned. Students who test positive for COVID-19 prior to departure or who experience flight cancellations should contact Bob Balder, Executive Director, and Jenn Michael, Director of Student Services, immediately.

    AAP Admissions

    Visiting AAP and Cornell: Cornell is unable to offer on-campus programming for prospective or admitted students at this time. This includes campus tours, information sessions, and individual appointments. Campus buildings are inaccessible to visitors. We encourage prospective undergraduate students to utilize the Virtual Campus Visit page, which includes videos of campus and pre-recorded information sessions. Prospective and admitted students are encouraged to email aap-admissions@cornell.edu to set up 1:1 Zoom or phone appointments with AAP Admissions staff. Please check back after February 7 for possible updates to our visitor policy.

    Contact us: If you have any questions regarding admissions, please contact us at aap-admissions@cornell.edu.

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