Student life at Cornell complements the academic program and contributes to the sense of community at the college. Students participate actively in the governance of the college, serving on boards or councils, including Student Senate, Student Conduct and Appeals Boards, Greek Council, Performing Arts and Activities Council (PAAC), and faculty and staff committees.
Cornell’s student handbook, The Compass, is updated annually and contains information on college services, residence halls, student finances, college policies, campus organizations, activities, constitutions, academic guidelines, rights and responsibilities, and student conduct procedures. The Compass is posted online, and all students, faculty, and staff are notified of its presence each fall by the Dean of Students.
Cornell expects students to behave in ways that demonstrate personal maturity and responsibility, and that contribute to the overall well-being of the entire campus community. Within any community, certain responsibilities protect the welfare, safety, and health of members of that community. “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” found in The Compass, and the college’s conduct procedures outline the standards for the community and the rights and responsibilities of Cornell students.