Volunteer On The Slope

Slope Day 2017 Volunteer Registration is now open!

On Slope Day approximately 800 volunteers are needed to assist in the operations on and around Libe Slope. Without this help, Slope Day simply would not happen. There are two types (Level 1 and Level 2) of Slope Day Volunteers, who help out both on and off the Slope in a variety of ways.

Want to help plan Slope Day volunteering? Email slopehelp@cornell.edu!

Want to help as a Slope Day Volunteer? Check out the options below!

Level 1 Volunteers (including Graduate Students)

Level 2 Volunteers (Staff / Faculty only)

University Pay Practices for Slope Day



Types of Volunteers


Level 1: Mostly Students

Volunteers will work at least one 2 hour shift. These volunteers will mostly be on the Slope encouraging attendees to eat and drink, distributing water, picking up litter, and watching out for people in need of medical attention. Other volunteers will work SlopeFest on Ho Plaza manning a number of different attractions. Students who work all day will receive free meal tickets. All volunteers are entered into a raffle for gift cards to local restaurants and can participate in a pre-sale for tickets to a CCC or CUPB show during the coming academic year.

Graduate Students:

If you put in a quality and hardworking shift as a student volunteer (Level 1), we will waive your admissions fee. Please ensure you receive a confirmation email so we can issue you a ticket. You will need this ticket to pick up a wristband.


Level 2: Staff and Faculty ONLY

Volunteers will work at least one 4 hour shift. These volunteers will work the gates and ID check areas, as well as the beer tent, and roam sections both on and off the slope to provide assistance where needed.

University pay practices for Slope Day Volunteers

Supervisory approval is needed for release time from work for volunteer hours that coincide with scheduled work hours. Hours spent volunteering will be considered paid release time (i.e. paid leave) only if they coincide with scheduled work hours. Hours spent volunteering that fall outside of scheduled work hours will be without pay.

For Staff Required to Work: Non-exempt staff who are required to work the Slope Day event must be paid for all hours worked during the event, even if such hours do not coincide with their regularly scheduled work hours. Such time should be entered as “regular” in the time collection system.

If you are unsure whether you are assisting at Slope Day in a purely volunteer capacity or in a required capacity, please contact either your supervisor, your local Human Resources representative or the Division of Human Resources (255-6894) for clarification.

Exempt Staff: Exempt staff who provide assistance during Slope Day in either capacity above will receive their usual compensation.

Questions? Email slopehelp@cornell.edu.



Volunteers are not expected to be police officers! If you decide to be a volunteer, here are some of the things that you will be asked to do during a typical shift:

  • Watch for people in need of medical attention and request assistance from CU EMS if necessary.
  • Keep sidewalks open for CU EMS personnel.
  • Encourage participants to eat food and consume non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Ask participants to stop behavior that could hurt themselves or others.
  • Assist with activities on the Slope and at Slope Fest on Ho Plaza.
  • Distribute water.
  • Help provide a safe, clean, and fun Slope Day.
  • Have a good time!


Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer

  1. Be part of Cornell’s oldest and greatest tradition.
  2. Everyone you know will be there.
  3. Build your resume.
  4. Experience the alcohol-free magic of SlopeFest.
  5. Meet new and exciting people.
  6. Free coffee to keep you caffeinated.
  7. Get to know CU Police … in a good way.
  8. Get in your service hours while having fun.
  9. You’ll get a free Slope Day T-Shirt.
  10. A chance to win some great prizes.

 For more information, contact slopehelp@cornell.edu.