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Cornell University Title IX

Promoting Gender Equity at Cornell

Prohibited Student Conduct

The definitions of prohibited student conduct are included in the procedures for complaints against students.

In addition, definitions are provided below.

New York State Penal Law: Certain prohibited student conduct under Cornell Policy 6.4 is also criminal conduct in New York State. Sexual offenses (including rape and sexual abuse), family offenses, and stalking are crimes in New York State. Under the New York State penal code, lack of consent results from (a) forcible compulsion, (b) incapacity to consent, (c) no express or implied acquiescence, where the offense charged is sexual abuse or forcible touching, or (d) clear expression of non-consent, where the offense charged is rape. New York State law states that a person in incapable of consent when he or she is (a) under the age of 17, (b) mentally disabled, (c) mentally incapacitated, (d) physically helpless, or (e) committed to the care of the state. In New York State, “family offenses” are certain violations of the penal code, including but not limited to harassment, sexual abuse, stalking, and menacing, committed by a family member or intimate partner that have created a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm to a person or a person’s child. Under the New York State penal code, stalking is an intentional course of conduct directed at a specific person who causes harm to the mental or emotional distress of that person, fear for their health, safety or property, or the health, safety or property of their family or acquaintances, or fear that their employment, business or career is threatened.  For more information, contact Cornell Police at (607-255-1111).

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