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which precipitated the action. A copy of the instructor's letter along with a copy of the paper
shall be sent to the Registrar. The Registrar shall then advise the student in writing of the right
to appeal. Within ten (10) days of notification, the student may appeal the charge and/or the
penalty by submitting a letter to the Dean of the College requesting that he or she appoint an ad
hoc committee consisting of three (3) faculty members, one of whom may be nominated by the
student. The recommendation of this committee is advisory only and is not binding upon the

All material and information relative to the charge of academic dishonesty shall be kept by the
Registrar in a special file during the period in which the student is enrolled at Cornell College,
serving only as a statement of record if the student is charged a second time with academic
dishonesty. In the case of an appeal after the first offense, the file shall be destroyed if the
committee finds the student not guilty and the instructor concurs; otherwise, the
recommendation of the committee shall be inserted into the special file. If there are no further
charges, the file will be destroyed at the time of the student's graduation from Cornell.

Should a subsequent charge of academic dishonesty be brought against a student, the Registrar
shall again advise the student in writing of the aforementioned right to appeal under the same
procedures. Should the second charge be sustained by the instructor, the Registrar shall notify
the Dean of the College who shall convene a committee consisting of the Dean of the College, the
Dean of Students, and the Chair of the Academic Standing Committee, who shall determine the
status of the student. The normal penalty for a second offense is indefinite suspension from the

Confidentiality of Student Records

Cornell College, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as
amended (FERPA), protects the confidentiality of student records and the individual student’s
right to privacy. For more detailed information, see The Compass under the heading
"Confidentiality of Student Records".

Students with Disabilities

Cornell College is committed to compliance with federal law regarding students with disabilities.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states: "No otherwise qualified individual in the
United States, as defined in section 706(7) of this title, shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be
excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination
under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..." (29 U.S. Code, paragraph


The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states that a handicap shall be defined as "a physical
or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities." (42 U.S.

Code, paragraph 12102[2]).

The Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, states that any postsecondary education
program which receives Federal financial assistance "shall make such modifications to its
academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate
or have the effect of discriminating, on the basis of handicap, against a qualified applicant or
student" (34 Code of Federal Regulations, paragraphs 104.41 and 104.44[a]). In addition to

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