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Belonging & Support Services

Students walking and talking outside of Willard Straight Hall on Ho Plaza

Belonging & Support Services in Student & Campus Life consists of multiple offices dedicated to the holistic development of students through advocacy, empowerment, and education. This area promotes co-curricular opportunities focused on student well-being, a sense of belonging, and transformative experiences. Belonging & Support Services is led by the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students and consists of the following areas: 

Office of the Dean of Students: This area serves as a central point of contact for the advocacy, empowerment, and education of all students.

Centers for Student Equity, Empowerment, and Belonging: This area offers opportunities for students to develop a sense of belonging through identity-based programs, resources, and community spaces. 

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards: This area oversees the University‚Äôs Student Code of Conduct and Procedures while supporting students navigating behavioral issues through a restorative and educational approach.

Student Support and Advocacy Services: This area serves as the central hub for student support services, including helping students navigate difficult situations and connect to campus-wide resources. 

This area provides significant opportunities for students to explore and celebrate their identities, access campus-wide support services, learn leadership and advocacy skills, navigate difficult situations, and think critically about decision-making and how their decisions affect others.

Reasons for accessing these areas:

  • To share suggestions about the Cornell student experience.
  • To engage in opportunities to explore and celebrate identities.
  • To gain access to resources for stressful and difficult situations.
  • To report or navigate behavioral issues with a classmate, roommate, or unknown persons.

Additional Campus Resources

Find Academic Advising Services

Academic Advising Services 

The Professional Academic Advising Community (PAAC) strives to support all Cornell students. Students should reach out to their respective advising and support offices to learn more about resources and opportunities to connect.

Find a Confidential Resource

Confidential Resource  

The university offers a number of confidential resources for individuals who are looking for support or an opportunity to consider the next steps, who need care, or who may be unsure about whether to report incidents to the university or the police. This includes individuals needing support for incidents related to bias and gender-based violence.

Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell

The university provides a number of resources to support diversity and inclusion across campus. 

Find Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

Support for the mental health and well-being of Cornell University students, staff, and faculty with a wide range of resources. 

Report an Incident or Concern

Report an incident or concern

Reporting, understanding, and preventing unacceptable behaviors such as bias, sexual misconduct, and hazing are essential to maintaining our caring community. Below are avenues for reporting these incidents as well as receiving confidential care and support if you need it.