Cornell University has policies that prohibit harassment, including harassment based on sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or disability. You need not put up with behaviors that:

  • are unwelcome, repeated and offensive
  • interfere with your academic or work performance
  • create an offensive or hostile working or learning environment

If you believe that you are being harassed, you are encouraged to do the following:

  • Quietly but firmly (without smiling or trying to be friendly) tell the person, "no", and/or that their behavior makes you uncomfortable and you want it to stop. And then leave the area; you don't need to discuss the behavior or the "problem" with them.
  • Write a note to the person. Describe the incident and how it made you feel. State that you want the harassment to stop. Keep a copy.
  • Keep a record of what happened. Include the date, time, place, names of the people involved and of witnesses. The details may be helpful if the problem continues.
  • Tell someone you trust (a friend, a counselor, or a staff member in the Office of Student Services). Also you can talk with the ILR harassment advisors, Associate Dean Robert Smith or Gail Hendrix, who can help you think about ways to handle your situation and also explain the University's resources for handling harassment complaints.

If the harassment does not stop, contact:

Office of Equal Opportunity (607) 255-3976
Judicial Administrator (607) 255-4680
University Ombudsman (607) 255-4321

If you believe at any time that you are in physical danger because of sexual, racial, or any other harassment, call the call the Cornell Police (607) 255-1111.