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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


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 policies; 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 Office 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.

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 Office website.


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.

Equal education and employment opportunity statement

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.

Association with Cornell, either as a student, faculty, or staff member, involves participation in a free community where all people are recognized and rewarded on the basis of individual performance rather than personal convictions, appearance, preferences (including sexual or affectional orientation), or happenstance of birth.

Cornell University's history of diversity and inclusion encourages all students, faculty, and staff to support a diverse and inclusive university in which to work, study, teach, research, and serve.

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, marital status, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Concerns and complaints related to equal opportunity in education and in employment based on aspects of diversity protected under federal, state, and local law, including questions regarding or complaints arising under Title IX, should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Sarah Affel,, 607.255.2242. Inquiries may also be directed to U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; 646.428.3800;

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

Cornell University is committed to assisting those persons with disabilities who have special needs related to their educational pursuit or employment. Information on services provided to prospective and current Cornell students with disabilities can be obtained by contacting the Student Disability Services Office, 420 CCC, 235 Garden Ave. Ext., Ithaca, New York 14853-6601; 607.254.4545. Prospective employees in need of a workplace accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act or New York state law should contact Workforce Policy and Labor Relations, 391 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850; 607.254.7232; Current employees in need of a workplace accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act or New York state law should contact Medical Leaves Administration, Suite 102, 395 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850; 607.255.1177; Visitors should consult

Access to student information

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