Cornell is a pluralistic community, and we are committed to equality of educational opportunity. We expect you, as a member of the Summer College community, to behave in a responsible manner on and off campus and to be courteous and respectful to your fellow students and to members of the faculty and staff.

We offer you a learning-living situation that approximates, in most respects, what you will face as an entering freshman. However, there are important differences for high school students at Cornell.

We strongly suggest that students and parents spend time discussing why a program like ours needs rules of conduct and why students must conform to them, even though some rules may differ from customs at home.

Before arriving on campus, you and your parents or guardians must review and agree to abide by the Summer College House Rules.

Read the Summer College House Rules

Summer College will hold students fully accountable for their behavior and actions on campus as well as in our community.

Students who violate the Summer College House Rules may face disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal from Summer College. Students who are dismissed for violations of the Summer College House Rules will be withdrawn from their courses (and therefore will not receive a grade, credit, or an evaluation for work done up until that point) and will not be entitled to a refund. We are sorry to say this has happened.

A word of warning about drugs and alcohol

In accordance with New York state law, Summer College students are not permitted to use, possess, sell, or be in the presence of any alcoholic beverages or drugs, or use a false identification to purchase alcohol, all as detailed in the Summer College House Rules. In past years a few students have, to our regret, spent most of the summer on early night check-in because they could not live up to our standards on drugs and alcohol; some of have been dismissed even at the very end of the program.