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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Community policies

Because there are so many of us living in close proximity, Summer College has established some community ground rules that you'll need to know and follow. Most are designed to protect students and to maintain a quality of life conducive to learning. Other rules reflect municipal, state, and federal laws.

We do mean what we say regarding community rules, and we take community safety concerns seriously. What is most important is that you respect the rights of others and act with concern and consideration for the well-being of the entire community. We expect you to follow the instructions of staff members, whose job it is, in part, to address inappropriate behavior. Failure to respond to staff members' directives will result in disciplinary action.

Disciplinary action will follow any infraction of Summer College program regulations. Action taken ranges from an oral or written warning to early night-check-in, probation, or dismissal from the program. Any staff member can initiate disciplinary action. An educational assignment may also be part of the disciplinary action. This may include a paper, a letter of apology, community service, or a presentation to other Summer College students. Students who are dismissed because of violations of the Summer College Academic Code of Conduct or Summer College House Rules will be withdrawn from their courses and will not be entitled to any refund. We are sorry to say this has happened.

Please read through all of the sections below and contact us if you have any questions.

Summer College House Rules and Summer College Academic Code of Conduct

You should decide to participate in Summer College only if you are committed to maintaining the highest academic and social standards.

Summer College has established rules that you'll need to know and follow. Our rules of conduct, set forth in the Summer College House Rules and the Summer College Academic Code of Conduct, are designed to promote safety, academic integrity, consideration of the rights of others, and maintaining a quality of life conducive to learning. Summer College students are also responsible for complying with all other Cornell University rules, regulations, policies, and procedures contained in official university publications and announcements that may be issued from time to time, including the Cornell University Campus Code of Conduct and Cornell University Policy 6.4: Prohibited Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual and Related Misconduct, as well as all local, state, and federal laws.

Summer College requires that students and their parent or guardian agree to abide by the Summer College House Rules and the Summer College Academic Code of Conduct prior to arriving on campus.

Cornell is a pluralistic community, and we are committed to equality of educational opportunity. We expect you, as a member of the Summer College community, to behave in a responsible manner on and off campus and to be courteous and respectful to your fellow students and to members of the faculty and staff. We offer you a learning-living situation that approximates, in most respects, what you will face as an entering freshman. However, there are important differences for high school students at Cornell.

We strongly suggest that students and parents spend time discussing why a program like ours needs rules of conduct and why students must conform to them, even though some rules may differ from customs at home. Students should consider them carefully and be willing to comply.

Summer College will hold students fully accountable for their behavior and actions on campus as well as in our community. Disciplinary sanctions may include dismissal from Summer College. Students who are dismissed for violations of the Summer College House Rules or the Summer College Academic Code of Conduct or any other Cornell University policies and procedures will be withdrawn from their courses (and therefore will not receive a grade, credit, or an evaluation for work done up until that point) and will not be entitled to a refund. We are sorry to say this has happened.

A Word of Warning on Drugs and Alcohol: In accordance with New York state law, Summer College students are not permitted to use, possess, sell, or be in the presence of any alcoholic beverages or drugs, or use a false identification to purchase alcohol, all as detailed in the Summer College House Rules. In past years a few students have, to our regret, spent most of the summer on early night-check-in because they could not live up to our standards on drugs and alcohol; some of have been dismissed even at the very end of the program.

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Summer College disciplinary process

The Summer College disciplinary process is used when students do not meet the outlined standards. Our philosophy of discipline is based on several factors:

  • Students participating in Summer College are minors; therefore, the University makes a commitment to students and their parents or guardians to exercise a greater degree of control over student activities than would be true for University undergraduates.
  • When people live in close proximity, it is important to have procedures that provide for orderly, safe, compatible, and cooperative living.

We will hold students fully accountable for their behavior and actions on campus as well as in our community.

Please refer to the Summer College House Rules and the Summer College Academic Code of Conduct for details on the disciplinary processes for this program.

Bias, discrimination, harassment, and sexual and related misconduct

As an educational institution and employer, Cornell University is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. This commitment dates back to the founding of the university. In 1865, Ezra Cornell proclaimed, "I would found an Institution where any person can find instruction in any study." This statement illustrates Cornell's democratic values and articulates the university's enduring commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity.

Summer College embraces this commitment. We will not tolerate any form of bias, harassment, discrimination, or sexual and related misconduct.

Behavior reflecting bias, discrimination, harassment, or sexual and related misconduct may constitute a violation of the Summer College House Rules, as well as Cornell University's Policy 6.4, "Prohibited Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual and Related Misconduct", the Cornell Campus Code of Conduct, or local, state, and federal laws.

Students who believe that they have been subjected to bias, discrimination, harassment, or sexual and related misconduct should report it to a Summer College staff member or, in the case of sexual and related misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator. Individuals may also file an online incident report. University officials will promptly review the allegations and take appropriate action. Any allegation of bias, discrimination, harassment, or sexual and related misconduct (sexual or gender-based discrimination, including gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation brought against a Cornell student, staff, or faculty member) will be taken seriously.

For more information about bias reporting, see https://hr.cornell.edu/our-culture-diversity/diversity-inclusion/harassment-discrimination-and-bias-reporting.

For more information about sexual and related misconduct reporting, see http://titleix.cornell.edu/reporting/.

For more information about resources, see http://titleix.cornell.edu/resources/.

Individuals who believe they are victims of a crime should contact the Cornell Police (607.255.1111) and, if appropriate, other local police agencies (911) immediately, so that the matter can be addressed and support services made available.

All members of the Cornell community have the right to make a report to the Cornell University Police Department, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to Cornell; to be protected by Cornell from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from Cornell.

Cornell University has an enduring commitment to support equality of education and employment opportunity by affirming the value of diversity and by promoting an environment free from discrimination. For more information, please see the Equal Education and Employment Opportunity Statement.