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Sexual Harassment and Assault – Response and Education

Reporting to the University

Cornell’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of the university community and visitors to our campus. Reporting acts of sexual assault or harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking allows the university to take steps to investigate the incident(s) and enhance the safety of our community.

In accordance with New York State law, you have the right to make a report to university police, local law enforcement, and/or state police; to report the incident to Cornell; to be protected by Cornell from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from Cornell.

The decision about whether to report an incident is entirely yours. There is often a good deal to consider while making this decision. Consider talking it through with a trusted friend or family member or contact a confidential resource that will offer support whatever you decide.


University Report or Formal Complaint

There is a difference between making a report and filing a complaint with the University. You can do either or both. A report enables the university to help you with concerns including safety and interim measures that will address the issues most important to you. At the time you report, you will also be offered the chance to file a formal complaint against the offender if you so choose. The formal complaint process begins an investigation to determine whether an individual has violated Cornell policy and can be held responsible.


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.


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