Individuals assume certain responsibilities for upholding and maintaining the standards and expectations of the community to which they belong. Cornell College expects students to comply with civil laws as well as with College regulations. Student conduct that violates these laws and regulations may result in College disciplinary action. Since Cornell does not function as a sanctuary from law enforcement agencies, the College will cooperate fully with these agencies when they are investigating alleged criminal activities. Individuals filing complaints retain the option of also filing complaints with law enforcement agencies.

The conduct process is also based on the assumption that disciplinary procedures, when required, should also be an educational process. Disciplinary sanctions are imposed to help students develop individual responsibility and encourage self-discipline, to foster a respect for the rights of others, and to protect the rights, freedoms and safety of members of the campus community. The standard of proof for findings of responsibility is that the preponderance of evidence indicates responsibility for violation of college policy.

The purposes of the conduct process are:

  1. To provide a fair process for accountability of student conduct;
  2. To promote the development of individual integrity;
  3. To protect the rights of members of the Cornell community; and
  4. To uphold the non-academic rules and regulations of the College.

The Dean of Students has the responsibility for administration of the conduct process. Appointed, senior members of the Student Affairs staff will have the authority to act as the Dean's designee to manage conduct proceedings. In this document "Dean" shall indicate either the Dean of Students or the Dean's designee. 

The Dean shall manage the conduct process in such a way as to resolve cases in as expeditious a manner as possible. More information about the conduct process can be found on the following pages:

Steps in the Conduct Process

Administrative Hearing Procedures

Conduct Board



Student Conduct Records

Notification and Release of Information

Concurrent Legal Proceedings

Passed by the Faculty, April 9, 1996.
Revised by the Faculty, May 27, 2003.
Revised by the Faculty, May 4, 2010.
Revised by the Faculty Student Life Committee, January 21, 2012