Student Conduct & Policies
Students should be aware of Cornell’s policies and codes that guide their conduct. Below are a few of the most frequently referenced policies for students. For a comprehensive list, visit the University Policy Office website.
- The Campus Code of Conduct contains expectations of conduct for all members of the Cornell Community and explains how violations are handled.
- Code of Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is expected not only in formal course work but in all university relationships and interactions.
- The Essential Guide to Academic Integrity at Cornell answers common questions about the Code of Academic Integrity.
- Alcohol and other drug use: it is prohibited for any individual under the age of 21 to consume alcohol, or for any individual to manufacture, possess, use, dispense, sell, or distribute controlled substances or other illegal drugs.
- Good Samaritan laws and protocols help protect students who do the right thing and call 911 for help in such emergencies.
- Prohibited Discrimination, Protected-Status Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault and Violence (Policy 6.4) provides definitions and explains the procedures employed for investigating and adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct.
- Copyright: Copying and distributing digital forms of original work for which you do not own the copyright or have permission of the copyright holder violates both civil and criminal law, and also may be a violation of university policy.
There are also policies, rules and expectations to be aware of where you’re living
- In residential communities on campus
- Undergraduate Residential Community Policies and House Rules
- Graduate & Professional Residential Communities
- Or off campus
There are policies, and consequences for violating those policies, for the organizations you’re joining, whether it’s a fraternity or sorority or a student club. Learn more about student organization policies. And remember, hazing is prohibited.