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 Students who are dismissed because of violations of the Code of Conduct or House Rules will be withdrawn from their courses and will not be entitled to any refund.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.
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. The Summer College House Rules also reflect municipal, state, and federal laws. Finally, Summer College students are also subject to other Cornell University policies and procedures, including the Cornell University Campus Code of Conduct and Cornell University Policy 6.4: Prohibited Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual and Related Misconduct.
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 some 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, including the Cornell University Campus Code of Conduct and Cornell University Policy 6.4: Prohibited Bias, Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual and Related Misconduct 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.
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 House Rules, the Cornell University Code of Conduct, and the Summer College Academic Code of Conduct for details on the disciplinary process for this program.
Residence staff members attend to most program violations. The head resident and the residential program director, or the assistant director for residential programs, will take disciplinary action if a student is involved in a violation of the House Rules and/or Cornell University Code of Conduct.
The decision to dismiss a student from the program for a behavioral concern is made by the Summer College professional residential staff. Because participants are high school students and not of majority age, parents may be informed of disciplinary action. The University reserves the right to discontinue the enrollment of any student whose continuance would be detrimental to himself or herself or to others.
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 discrimination or harassment. Harassment is a form of illegal discrimination that occurs when an individual is victimized by verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct based upon 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 that unreasonably interferes with the individual’s work or academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.
Behavior reflecting bias, discrimination, or harassment may constitute a violation of Cornell University's policies and Campus Code of Conduct, as well as local, state, and federal laws. Any individual who believes they are the victim 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.
Any student who believes that they have been subjected to bias, harassment, or discrimination in violation of the university's Equal Education and Employment Opportunity policy by a staff or faculty member should contact the Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations to explore options for resolving their concerns. Any student who believes that they have been the target of activity that violates the Campus Code of Conduct should contact the Judicial Administrator. Individuals may also file an online incident report. University officials will promptly review the allegations and take appropriate action.
Sexual harassment/Assault is not tolerated by the University.
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 encourages individuals to seek assistance for incidents involving gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, or other forms of sexual misconduct. Cornell provides a variety of options available to an individual, so that each person may choose a path for response best suited to their particular situation. Cornell’s procedures are intended to protect the rights of the complaining party ("the complainant"), the accused ("the respondent"), and the community.
Any allegation of sexual or gender-based discrimination including gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, or other forms of sexual misconduct brought against a Cornell student, staff, or faculty member will be taken seriously.
For more information, see http://titleix.cornell.edu/reporting/.