General policies and important disclaimers
Diversity, inclusion, and equality of opportunity
Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. The University is an employer and educator recognized for valuing affirmative action and equal employment opportunity (AA/EEO), protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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 race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability. 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 Diversity and Inclusion, Cornell University, 150 Day Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853-2801 (telephone: 607.255.3976; TDD: 607.255.7066).
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 services for Cornell faculty and staff members, 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 Diversity and Inclusion, Cornell University, 150 Day Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853-2801 (telephone: 607.255.3976; TDD: 607.255.7066). 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 additional information, please visit the Office of Human Resources' Diversity and Inclusion site.
Student admission and enrollment
The deans as officers of the University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant, to discontinue the enrollment of any student whose personal actions are detrimental to the University community or are in violation of any applicable code of conduct, and to require the withdrawal of a student whose continuance at the University would be detrimental to himself or herself or to others. It is the responsibility of students to become familiar with the academic regulations and procedures relating to their courses of study at the University.
In general, enrollment in programs at the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions is contingent upon meeting all course prerequisites, completing enrollment and registration procedures and requirements, and fulfilling any other applicable requirements; and is subject to space availability in your selected courses.
Cornell University registration is the official recognition of a student’s relationship with the University and is the basic authorization for a student’s access to Cornell, its education and services. Completion of registration is essential to enable the University to plan for and provide education and services, guided by the highest standards for efficiency and safety.
Cornell assumes certain legal responsibilities for persons who participate as students in the University environment. As a result, specific requirements must be met in order to become a registered student and be permitted to attend classes. To become a registered student at Cornell, a person must:
- settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition,
- satisfy New York State and University health requirements, and, for Cornell students,
- have no holds from their college, the Office of the Judicial Administrator, Gannett Health Services, or the bursar.
Cornell does not permit retroactive registration and does not record courses or grades for unregistered persons. Registered students may attend a class in which he or she is not enrolled only with special permission.
Enrollment in courses does not constitute or imply University registration.
Unauthorized, unregistered persons who use Cornell University services and attend classes have the potential to displace properly registered students, use University resources inappropriately, and jeopardize the security of the University. The University reserves the right to prohibit unregistered persons from attending classes and to require such persons to leave the University environment.
The programs, courses and curricula described on this website and the teaching personnel and dates listed herein are subject to change at any time by official action of Cornell University.
The rules and regulations stated on this website are for information only and in no way constitute a contract between the student and Cornell University. The university reserves the right to change any regulation or requirement at any time.
Failure to read this website does not excuse students from the rules and procedures described herein. Personal factors, illness, or contradictory advice from any source are not acceptable grounds for seeking exemption from these rules and procedures.
Program registrants are 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 program in which the student is enrolled.
You are expected to be familiar with the contents of:
Copies of these materials are also available from the Office of the Dean of Students, 538 Willard Straight Hall, from the SCE office in B20 Day Hall, and from the website of the Cornell University Policy Office.
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 maximum individual freedom and the effective functioning of the university as an educational institution.
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.
The responsibility for administration of faculty and university policy with respect to academic integrity is exercised by the dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.
Cornell University and the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions often record or photograph activities in public and non-public areas, such as classrooms, for use in a variety of media. When you register with the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, you will have an opportunity to indicate whether or not you grant the University permission to record or photograph you (or your child/ward) in non-public areas and use your (or your child's/ward's) likeness, image, and/or voice in promotional, informational, or other materials.