Student Code of Conduct

Dear Cornell Community,

As previously announced, the Board of Trustees approved a new Student Code of Conduct (Student Code) in December 2020. I am pleased to share with you today that the new Student Code (PDF) and procedures (PDF) will take effect August 2, 2021.

The new Student Code focuses on making sure that the conduct process is objective, transparent, fair, and that students are an active participant throughout the process. Importantly, it is also focused on creating an educational and restorative approach to resolving student behavior concerns. All student organizations are covered under this new Student Code.

As we transition to the new academic year, the Office of the Judicial Administrator staff will become part of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) and will report to the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, effective July 1, 2021. The OSCCS will support the holistic development of the student experience that fosters campus safety, accountability, and personal/organizational development. The search for a director of the OSCCS is ongoing.

I am confident this new Student Code is a positive step for our community, and am hopeful that we will continue to encourage shared responsibility and collectively uphold Cornell’s educational values.


Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student and Campus Life