Legal Aid Services
Cornell provides a number of different legal aid services for the campus community.
Cornell Legal Aid Clinic 255-7448
G-40 Myron Taylor Hall
The Legal Aid Clinic is staffed by Cornell Law students and handles Civil Cases for permanent residents of Tompkins County, as well for Cornell Students.
Financial eligibility, or low income (close to poverty line) is a must. If the case involves an undergraduate, the parents income is considered. Graduate students are looked upon as independents.
Cornell Legal Aid (CLA) will not take on any new cases in the summer, but will continue on cases already started. CLA may refer to Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) if all students at CLA have already handled serveral cases of that type and need experience in other cases. NLS may also take long term cases which CLA refers.
Neighborhood Legal Services 273-3666
215 N. Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
NLS handles Civil Cases, i.e. landlord/tenant, social security, unemployment, disability, etc., but will not get involved in family issues.
Services are provided to Tomkins County residents who cannot afford to pay for legal services. Appointments are necessary and forms to establish eligibility must be filed.
Student/ Landlord Problems
Off Campus Housing Office 255-5368
2150 N. Balch Hall
Off Campus Housing will advise students on legal matters, but no lawyer is available.
Office of the Judicial Administrator
Mary Beth Grant, Judicial Administrator
Jody Kunk-Czaplicki, Associate Judicial Administrator
Clint S. Dupew, Associate Judicial Administrator
120 Day Hall
M- TH 9am - 5pm; F 9am - 4 pm
The Judicial Administrator (JA) operates independently of the Cornell administration in overseeing the university's internal judicial process. The office investigates and adjudicates alleged violations of the Campus Code of Conduct. Complaints areresolved by summary decisions or by the decision of a panel of the University Hearing Board.
If you believe that someone has violated Cornell's Campus Code of Conduct, the place to go is the Office of the Judicial Administrator (JA), 500 Day Hall (255-4680). An appointment is recommended. On the other hand, if someone thinks that you have violated the code, you may be summoned by the JA. The JA is also available to speak with individuals who have questions, or request clarification on various policy issues.
Everyone in the Cornell community, faculty and staff members as well as undergraduate and graduate students, is governed by the code and is under the jurisdiction of the JA (except workplace cases, which are handled by the appropriate employment authority). The code applies to conduct that occurs on any part of the Cornell campus, on any other property or facility used by Cornell for educational purposes, and on the property of any university-related residential organization in the Ithaca or Geneva area. The code prohibits various types of misconduct, including assaultive behavior, possession of forged ID cards, and violation of computer-use policies.
The Campus Code of Conduct is available from the following places:
- Office of the Assemblies
- Office of the Dean of Students
- Office of the Judicial Administrator
- Office of the Judicial Codes Counselor
- Mann Library
- Olin Library
- Uris Library
- Ombudsman Office
- Office of University Counsel
Judicial Codes Counselor
350D Caldwell Hall
The Judicial Codes Counselor is available, without charge, to provide legal counseling and legal assistance to those accused of violating University rules and regulations, including academic integrity violations. The office is not associated the the LAC and is not equipped to handle legal problems arising outside of the University context. The office is staffed by students from the Cornell Law School. Office hours vary each semester, and appointments may be made by calling the office or by stopping by. There are no formal summer hours, but the office is open.