Will students have access to Bradfield Hall? We have been working in labs throughout summer and feel uncomfortable at the thought of a surge in the number of unknown people in building lounges and corridors again
Yes, any undergraduate can access Bradfield Hall (and all academic buildings) from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 9 pm. There are several classes from across the university that are taught on the 1st and 11th floors of Bradfield. Based on enrollment, total numbers of students taking classes in Bradfield does not exceed 30 in a day. Undergrads are included in PI research plans. Additionally, there are rooms available for students to schedule for study or remote class attendance, including two in Bradfield. We strongly reiterate previous communications that signs should not be posted barring undergraduates from spaces within the building
I am concerned with the bathrooms not having lids on the toilets. I know information is changing everyday but my understanding is that COVID-19 can be passed in human waste and then can be released into the air when flushing. Having toilet seats installed along with signs indicating to flush with the seat down seems like an easy fix.
We will pass this along to Facilities. Not exceeding occupancy, minimizing time within, and wearing a mask in a restroom are the current best actions.
With more people (students) added to the total occupancy of Plant Science, there is not enough room inside to eat lunch. Many essential employees have shared office space, of which we are either not allowed to enter or cannot eat in the space we work in because it is shared or a laboratory.
We understand that many essential employees have limited locations where they can eat, live a long distance from campus, and some have been eating in their cars. We are trying to find ways to ensure that people have safe locations to eat. PIs are encouraged to make shared offices available for individual short-term use, such as meals.
Can I use my grad office, even if it is a shared office space?
Shared grad offices may be used on an individual basis. Your PI or supervisor can facilitate individual use of shared offices, e.g. via a shared calendar.
Access has been problematic. Today, Monday, the door facing Minn's Gardens was locked at 8:30 when it should have been opened, it was opened later, then was locked again mid-day. Other doors were opened like they should have been. Custodians couldn't figure out what was going on. Can't we just open the doors at 7:30 and close them in the evening? There is very little traffic through the building even when it is unlocked.
Current campus policy restricts building access to approved students, faculty, and staff.
There have been issues deploying card access controls. The intent is that all academic buildings will be open to anyone with an active CUID from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 9 pm. Only authorized building occupants may access off hours or on the weekend.
What do the yellow tapes over the door locks in Bradfield indicate?
Building Care is trying different systems to determine which rooms have been used so they know whether or not they have to clean them. Taping the door is one of the methods.
Building Care staff are charged with more frequently cleaning public spaces, high touchpoint locations, and classrooms. Not cleaning offices or other spaces that have not been utilized saves time.
Questions or observations about best practices, including safety protocols
I see people eating in the hallway without masks on. Is this allowed and if not, where should they go to eat?
We are attempting to designate spaces where individuals who do not have access to a private space may eat meals. This is permitted in some public spaces. Signage will be added to indicate this. Masks should only be removed for eating and drinking.
How do we tell lab members who are not observing best practices to do what they're supposed to do? It comes off as passive aggressive but it threatens our collective safety
Please report any concerns to your PI, chair, Leslie, Tami, Magdalen, or Chris. Choose whomever you feel most comfortable reporting to. Please know that we are prepared to repeatedly remind people of the importance of observing all safety protocols. You can also report concerns here.
I would suggest signs on exit doors saying where the entrance is. In the case of Bradfield it says no entry on the Tower Rd side but doesn’t say to enter from the back door. (I am not concerned personally which door folks use but it seems like another easy fix and worth mentioning)
Thank you for this feedback. We continue to modify signage and transit pathways based on feedback and actual building density.
Why is Brian Flannigan's position being replaced by a "team effort"? This is ridiculous. You cannot expect administrative staff to deal with what he did (as a building coordinator) - with constant interruptions, on top of their duties.
Brian Flannigan's responsibilities are being covered on an interim basis by other members of the CALS Facilities Team. Tami and Leslie are serving as liaisons to facilitate any communication so that our SIPS community doesn't have to remember who to contact during this period.
Questions or observations related to teaching
Cornell has generously provided TAs with microphones, however, I can't figure out how these work in my classroom. I've plugged it in to the right input, but I can't get any sound to come out of the speakers in the room. Are there instructions somewhere for how to work the mics in classrooms?
CALS IT can assist, please complete a service request. Folks from IT respond extremely quickly to all requests. Submit requests here.
Note: wireless mics only work in rooms that have the necessary AV systems. Mics will not work in all locations
Students are frustrated by the last minute scheduling and scheduling changes. As are the instructors.
Absolutely. Students, instructors, custodial staff, administrators and every person involved in instruction and the development of the Fall 2020 course roster are all frustrated by last minute scheduling and scheduling changes. We share your frustration and anxiety in the challenges everyone faces.
I know certain rooms have capacity limits, but I'm wondering who that refers to. For example, if a class is capped at 12, does that only apply to the number of students that can register for the class, or also to the TA's present in the room?
In teaching spaces, the instructor is included in the layout diagrams to calculate capacity. TAs are not included. TAs either need to occupy a seat or be within zone that is at least 6’ clear of other students and 10’ from the instructor. If the latter, there would be strong preference to map and communicate the accommodation.
Students need quiet spaces after an in-person class so they can connect to the internet - they may not have time to run back to their apartments for their next remote class. Can we develop our own inventory of spaces in SIPS, possibly including unused staff offices and/or hallways and lobby areas, that we can make available to our students that need this ability? This issue will become more critical as the weather turns.
SIPS has spaces available to reserve for student use if single use of a shared office is not available within the lab. These spaces have recently been expanded to include Plant Science 133, 336, and G22, with most if not all set to remain unlocked. The complete list of rooms available for reservation as SIPS study/meal places may be found at: https://sips-cornell.libcal.com/spaces?lid=11619 . Note that people can remove their mask for eating if they are alone in a single room with a door.
In addition, the university has made available spaces across campus for students to reserve for studying. These may be found at Book a Study Space. We anticipate the libraries to open for study use as well.
Questions related to extension, research, or administrative reactivation
If Cornell's campus needs to shutdown for 2 weeks, will we still have access to research facilities?
Yes, you will still have access to research facilities if Cornell exceeds the 100 case limit at which Cuomo has mandated a switch to online learning.
Not being able to schedule the "maintenance" test for Covid until the day of the test is extremely frustrating. People teach. People have to cart their children to school (or pick them up). People have meetings. Let us schedule, at least a ballpark time, a day ahead of time.
Not sure if you want thoughts on surveillance testing here but if you do...It is not clear how surveillance testing is affected if on vacation or sick the day you are due to test. There should be a way the staff member can reply to their blue banner that indicates they must be tested that day. They should be able to indicate, "not testing today because on vacation" or "not testing because sick today" or "other" with a comment box for situation not thinking of right now. It is counterproductive to have staff and faculty coming to campus just to test that day. It would be nice to be able to change the day of testing for a week when vacation falls on the testing day. If vacation on Monday this week and Monday is their testing day, should have an option to switch to Tuesday or Wednesday for this week but go back to Monday or the pre-scheduled days the following weeks.
We understand frustrations about testing scheduling but have limited control over the policy. We suggest emailing the “Need Help” email address listed on Cornell’s main COVID website: dailycheckhelp [at] cornell.edu. Responses to this email address have been relatively quick.