- Payment must be made in full to reserve a spot on a course. COE accepts cash, check, credit card, or bursar number for payment. Credit card and bursar payments will be processed directly after the semester drop deadline or before the course begins, whichever occurs first.
Add / Drop & Refunds
- Most COE courses have drop deadlines that are EARLIER than the University and the Athletics/Physical Education drop deadlines. Make sure you know the specific date of your course drop deadline. Check the course brochure or our website if you are not sure, or call the COE Registrar at 255-6183.
- If you drop a course after the drop deadline, or fail to attend a course for which you are registered, you will be billed for the full tuition and may receive unsatisfactory credit. If you do not show up for the first class you lose your rights to retaining your spot on the roster, and we may enroll another student in your place, you will be charged full tuituion for the course.
- If you need to transfer from one COE class to a different COE class after the drop deadline, a $35 administrative fee may be imposed.
- If you must drop a course due to medical reasons you may be charged a pro-rated amount to cover classes attended. No refund is guaranteed for expedition courses.
- COE Instructors do not have the authority to add or drop students from course rosters, only the COE Office Registrar may confirm your enrollment / drop of a course. You may ADD a COE course anytime after the drop deadline and before the course begins!
- Our courses involve activities that can be affected by atmospheric conditions. Cornell Outdoor Education will not give refunds for class delays, cancellations, or curriculum changes resulting from adverse weather.
- Tuition for free courses will be waived if the participant is a Cornell student that needs Physical Education credit towards graduation requirements. Credit students who do not complete or pass the course will be billed the full tuition. Free courses are reserved for credit only enrollment until PE Registration day has ended, at which point non-credit participants may enroll. Non-credit participants will be billed the full tuition rate.
Attendance & Grading
- COE requires that students attend the first class meeting of their course because of the critical logistics, policy, liability, and safety information that will be covered. If you do not show up for the first class you lose your right to retain your spot on the roster, and we may enroll another student in your place. In this event you will still be held responsible for full tuition fees, and may receive unsatisfactory grading.
- The attendance policy varies from course to course. Check the description on the web for details for a specific course. In general, missing more than the allowed number of classes or any significant part of your class progression that is deemed essential for safety will result in an unsatisfactory grade.
- Religious and academic excuses will count as absences. Please confirm before enrolling that your course's schedule will not conflict with your other necessary commitments.
- COE does not have the capacity to offer make-ups. In addition, due to risk management and group dynamic reasons, students are not allowed to attend another section of a class and count it as attendance in the class they are enrolled. Plan to attend every scheduled class of your course section.
- COE students that have not passed their physical education swim test will receive "incomplete" grading until this requirement is fulfilled.
Alcohol / Drugs / Smoking
- COE has a zero tolerance policy for alcohol, drugs (unless prescribed by a physician), smoking, and chewing tobacco on all of our courses and field programs. Their use is prohibited. Failure to abide by this policy will result in expulsion from the course. Full tuition fees and/or unsatisfactory grades will be imposed.
- If a space opens on a course we will contact everyone on the waitlist. The registration spot will go to the first person who contacts us or whom we are able to reach off the wait list.
- Please fill out a COE medical form and bring it to your first class. Cornell students should call Gannett Health Center if they are missing any required information. Forms may be picked up at COE or downloaded from the form links below.
- You must have valid health insurance to participate in a Cornell Outdoor Education course. Please include your insurance carrier name, phone number and policy number on the medical form. Signing the medical form gives a hospital permission to treat you in the event that you are too ill or badly injured to give verbal permission.
- Cornell students under the age of 18 are not required to have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to course participation.
- Although COE does its best to avoid scheduling classes/outings over holidays, inevitably some of those conflicts exist each semester. The diversity of COE course offerings should allow students to find a course that fits within their personal schedules. Given this, students should carefully review course schedules before enrolling in a COE course.