Preparing for a potential government shutdown

Dear Cornellians,

Cornell is closely monitoring discussions in Washington, D.C., about the potential for a partial federal government shutdown in the coming days or weeks. A disruption in government functions could affect university education, research, and other operations. Please know that Cornell and federal agencies have contingency plans in place. Across all campuses, we are well prepared for the impact of a short-term shutdown.

You will receive additional communications sharing Cornell’s preparedness plans and resources, as relevant to you. For example, if you are part of the broad Cornell research community that is sponsored by, or works with, federal government agencies, more specific communications will follow today.

In the event of a government shutdown, students who receive federal financial aid or Veterans Affairs benefits should not face any impact this semester. We do not anticipate delays for employees or students seeking visa renewals.

Please be assured that Cornell staff and faculty are working closely to anticipate every scenario and reduce disruption to your work, research, studies, and travel plans.

From past experience, we know that even partial shutdowns of the federal government can be stressful. Cornell has many well-being resources (for employees and for students) available to Cornellians.


Krystyn J. Van Vliet
Vice President for Research and Innovation

Chris Cowen
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer