Friends and family members may provide a needed sense of love, strength, and comfort after an incident of sexual violence or harassment, domestic/dating violence, or other difficult personal experience. Cornell also provides resources for support, including confidential service providers and other experienced advisors who can be very helpful with your concerns, questions, feelings, and healing.
The university offers a number of confidential resources for individuals who are looking for support, or an opportunity to consider next steps, who need care or who may be unsure about whether to report incidents to the university or police. Conversations with the university’s “confidential resources” are kept strictly confidential and, except in rare circumstances, will not be shared (including to faculty, coaches, parents, etc.) without explicit permission.
- Cornell Health (medical and mental health providers, for students)
- Cornell Victim Advocacy Program (for students, staff, and faculty)
- The Director of the Women’s Resource Center
- The Director of the LGBT Resource Center
- The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) (for faculty, staff, and post docs)
- The University Ombudsman
- Cornell United Religious Work Chaplains (pastoral counseling for students, staff, and faculty)
- The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County (off campus resource for students, staff, and faculty)
- (607) 277-5000 (24/7 hotline)
For confidential support resources other than those listed above, call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence hotline at (800) 942-6906.
More about confidentiality
Conversations with these confidential resources are kept private and, except in rare circumstances, will not be shared without your explicit permission. Even those university officials who cannot guarantee confidentiality, such as the Title IX office, will maintain a person’s privacy to the greatest extent possible.
Cornell Health, FSAP, and CURW will not share with the university’s Title IX Coordinator or any other university officials any information disclosed to them in the course of providing medical and/or mental health services or pastoral counseling. These conversations may also be legally privileged in the event of a court proceeding.
The victim advocates, directors of the WRC and LGBT Resource Center, and the ombudsman will not convey any personally identifiable information to the university Title IX Coordinator or any other university officials; however, they may share with the university Title IX Coordinator de-identified statistical or other information regarding prohibited conduct under this policy.
The Advocacy Center is independent of Cornell and has no duty to consult with the university.
More about support resources
The University’s Victim Advocacy Program provides assistance to members of the Cornell community who are victims of harmful, threatening, or violent incidents. Advocates can provide ongoing support, answer questions, and help you think through what you need to begin the healing process. The Victim Advocacy service is free to members of the Cornell community, and is designed to help each individual pursue the course of action they feel is best for them. Although not a 24/7 crisis service, calls or email inquiries are usually responded to by the next business day.
CAPS offers a safe place to talk with a therapist or counselor privately about your concerns. Services are confidential and designed to help you process and problem-solve.
“Let’s Talk” for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultation with a Cornell Health counselor. Counselors hold walk-in hours at various on-campus locations Monday through Friday during the academic year. Students can stop by any location to speak with a counselor about concerns, get help problem-solving, and consult on pressing issues.
Support groups on campus can offer a safe environment to discuss feelings with others who are dealing with similar issues. Many individuals report that they find the group experience to be helpful far beyond their expectations. There are several group counseling options available through Cornell Health. Groups are private and confidential and free to registered Cornell students.
Cornell’s Faculty Staff Assistance Program offers free, confidential, professional counseling and consultation services to Cornell faculty, staff, and post docs by telephone or in person.
The Office of the University Ombudsman offers a safe place where community members may discuss problems or issues within the University. The Ombudsman treats all inquiries as confidential. The Office offers a unique setting where community members may talk about issues in a candid and authentic manner without fear of reprisal. Their efforts are geared toward managing conflict, thereby improving the student life experience and the staff work environment.
The Advocacy Center is independent of Cornell University. They provide 24/7 confidential support, advocacy, and resources related to sexual assault and relationship violence. Advocacy Center staff are available to assist individuals who seek medical care and the collection of forensic evidence through a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) exam at Cayuga Medical Center.
All currently registered Cornell undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may use Cornell Health’s (607-255-5155) full range of services, including care after an assault. Staff at Cornell Health appreciate the diversity of students’ identities, experiences, backgrounds, and choices, and are committed to meeting the individual needs with compassion and respect.
Staff and faculty in need of care after an incident should consult with their primary care physician or seek medical care at the following:
- Cayuga Medical Center (CMC): Ithaca hospital & emergency department, open 24/7
- Convenient Care at Ithaca: CMC’s (non-emergency) urgent care clinic
- Five Star Urgent Care: Urgent care walk-in clinic
New York City Campuses
In an emergency, call 911.
- Weill Cornell Medical College
Students, staff and faculty at Weill Cornell Medical School should access the Weill Cornell sexual misconduct website for New York City resources and reporting options.
- Cornell Tech
At Cornell Tech, students can contact the Associate Dean of Students, who is a liaison to the Office of the Title IX Coordinator for students in New York City’s Cornell Tech program. The Associate Dean of Students provides support, assists students accessing local resources and support services in NYC or Ithaca, and connects students to the University Title IX Coordinator. Cornell Tech staff and faculty interested in reporting and resource options should contact Julie Delay, Senior Director of Human Resources.