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Cornell policies

Every summer registrant is considered a Cornell student and is subject to the general regulations governing student conduct that apply to all other students of the university, with slight modifications to cover the special circumstances of the summer session. In addition, some special programs may have more restrictive codes; information is available from program directors. You are expected to be familiar with the contents of the Campus Code of Conduct, available at the Cornell University Policy website.

The regulations and codes—products of extensive deliberation involving students and members of the faculty and administration—are statements of standards and regulations necessary to ensure the effective functioning of the university as an educational institution by balancing individual freedom with the responsibility that comes with that freedom.

In addition, any student living in a university residence is responsible for being familiar with the specific rules that apply to the place of residence. Copies of the rules may be obtained from head residents and resident advisors.

Generally, the Office of the Judicial Administrator is responsible for handling violations of the Campus Code of Conduct.

Student registration

Please be sure to review our policy on student registration.

Academic Integrity

Cornell has a written code of academic integrity, according to which every student is expected to demonstrate absolute integrity in all academic undertakings. All new students should familiarize themselves with The Essential Guide to Academic Integrity at Cornell, which is available on the New Student Programs website.

Integrity entails a firm adherence to a set of values. The values most essential to an academic community are grounded in honesty with respect to the intellectual efforts of oneself and others. While both students and faculty members must maintain and further these values, the code is concerned specifically with the conduct of students. The Code of Academic Integrity is available at the Cornell University Policy website.

Attendance

Students are expected to regularly and punctually attend all courses in which they are enrolled. If you miss a class or seminar, it is your obligation to let the instructor know why and, if for health reasons, to provide documentation that you were seen at Gannett Health Services or another health care facility.

Equality of Opportunity

It is the policy of Cornell University to actively support equality of educational and employment opportunity. No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as actual or perceived age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, ex-offender status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. The university is committed to the maintenance of affirmative-action programs that will ensure the continuation of such equality of opportunity. Sexual harassment is an act of discrimination and, as such, will not be tolerated. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the director of the Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations, 391 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 (telephone 607.255.7232; fax 607.255.0298; e-mail equalopportunity@cornell.edu).

The Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education web site at share.cornell.edu provides ready access to reporting, services, support, education, and advocacy related to all forms of sexual misconduct.

Requests for information about disability services for Cornell faculty and staff members should be directed to the Office of Medical Leaves Administration, 365 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 (telephone 607.255.1216; e-mail ). Applicants for employment, and visitors with disabilities who have special needs, as well as related questions or requests for special assistance, can be directed to the Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 391 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 (telephone 607.255.7232; fax 607.255.0298; e-mail equalopportunity@cornell.edu).

Students with disabilities should contact Student Disability Services, Center for Learning and Teaching, Cornell University, 420 Computing and Communications Center, Ithaca, New York 14853-2601 (telephone 607.254.4545; TDD 607.255.7665).

For more information, please see the Office of Human Resources' Equal Education and Employment Opportunity Statement.

Access to Student Information

The Cornell Policy on Access to Student Information is available at the Cornell University Policy website.

The policy states that most information about students is restricted or confidential. Only directory information, including photographs (digital and print) of the student, may be released without the student's permission unless the student indicates otherwise.

Image Release

All students should read, understand, and abide by the rules and procedures outlined in the image release statement.