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9. Adjunct courses (numbered in the 500s) and music lessons, ensembles, and theatre
    participation courses (numbered in the 700s) may be taken along with principal courses.
    (See Adjunct Courses.)

10. Students declare their choice of degree program and major(s) before December 1 of their
    sophomore year. Students may major in one or more departments or design their own
    individualized majors. (See Degree Candidacy, Majors and Minors, and Bachelor of Special

11. Unless otherwise noted, Continuing Education students are subject to the academic rules
    listed above; however, there are special exceptions that apply to them. (See Continuing

Student Status

A person becomes an enrolled student at Cornell College when they move into college housing,
begin college-sponsored activities or on the first day of a course for which they are registered,
whichever occurs first. A person ceases to be a student on the last day of the last course for
which they are registered, when they end involvement with college-sponsored activities or when
they move out of campus housing, whichever occurs later.

Affirmative Action

Cornell College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to an
Affirmative Action Program. In compliance with federal and state laws, Cornell College affirms
the right of its students, faculty, and staff to live, work, and study in an environment free from
discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, national
origin, race, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other
characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Neither may applicants for employment
nor enrollment be discriminated against based on the above characteristics.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

Cornell admits qualified persons - without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, sex, gender
identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or genetic information - to all the
rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at
Cornell. The College does not discriminate in the administration of its educational or admissions
policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Student Consumer Grievance Process

Beginning July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education regulations to improve the integrity of
programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) as amended (the
“Program Integrity Rule”) took effect. The Program Integrity Rule requires, among other things,
that each college or university authorized to offer postsecondary education in one or more states
ensure access to a complaint (grievance) process that will permit student consumers to address
the following:

    1. Alleged violations of state consumer protection laws that include, but are not limited to,
         fraud and false advertising;

    2. Alleged violations of state laws or rules relating to the licensure of postsecondary
         institutions; and

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