The Office of the Judicial Administrator is a part of Cornell University’s campus disciplinary system, which sets standards of behavior to protect the entire Cornell community — students, staff and faculty – and provides procedures to ensure a fair process for the accused and for the complainant.

The standards of conduct articulated in Cornell University’s Campus Code of Conduct (Code) reflect the principles of the entire Cornell community. The checks and balances in the disciplinary system ensure Code enforcement remains true to these principles.  Additionally, the Code relies on Cornell University Policy 6.4, Prohibited Discrimination, Protected-Status Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault and Violence  to provide the procedures to resolve sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations, which also has checks and balances consistent with the Code’s principles.  It is up to each individual community member to understand the principles to ensure that our shared living-learning environment meets our community standards.

Please direct questions to judadmin@cornell.edu. Please note that any information on this web site that is inconsistent with the Code of Conduct is not binding, as the Code of Conduct is the controlling document for the Office of the Judicial Administrator.

What is the “JA”?

The JA is the Judicial Administrator. Cornell community members use the term “JA” in all sorts of ways: sometimes the expression is a proper noun, referring to the person who holds the role of Judicial Administrator, as in, “The JA can handle that.” Sometimes it will be used as an adjective to reference apparent misconduct, as in, “Don’t let her get away with doing that – what she did to you is JAable!” Or, maybe it will be used as a verb to shortcut the phrase “refer to the Office of the Judicial Administrator,” as in, “I am going to JA you!” The term “JA” is part of our lexicon!

Who is the “JA”? Click here to learn more about the JA.

What situations are referred to the JA?

Situations which violate the Code of Conduct. Some actions, even though they might annoy or anger you, are not covered by the Code, like defamation. The JA’s office does not handle violations of the Code of Academic Integrity. A matter may be referred to both the criminal justice system and the campus disciplinary system. Learn more about our procedures.

Who can “JA” someone who violates the Code?

Anyone, including you! The JA’s office gets referrals from many sources, including the police, residence halls, dining, libraries and individuals. The referring party does not have to be a member of the Cornell University community. While the police and the criminal justice system can determine criminal consequences, the JA can determine disciplinary consequences related to Cornell.

What does the JA do with cases referred? Learn more about our procedures.

Who can help the individual who is accused of violating the Code?

The Judicial Codes Counselor (JCC) can represent accused persons by explaining the judicial process and giving advice, and sometimes by participating in discussions with the JA or representing the accused at a hearing. Even if the accused person doesn’t want to use the JCC services, s/he can bring a friend or other advisor (including an attorney, with some limitations) to any stage of the process. Accused students may also benefit from working with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS; 607 255-5155) at Gannett Health Services to sort through the emotional issues they face. An emotional support person may attend meetings and hearings, in addition to the person giving advice about the Code.

Who can provide support to a victim/survivor/complainant?

The terms victim, survivor and complainant are often used interchangeably, although they have slightly different meanings. Here, “complainant” is intended to include all these terms. Complainants may find it useful to consult with the Victim Advocate (607 255-1212). Complainants may also benefit from working with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS; 607 255-5155) at Gannett Health Services to sort through the emotional issues they face. Complainants may bring any support person with them when they visit the JA to discuss their situation.

How can I get involved in the Cornell disciplinary system?

Anyone interested in volunteering to be part of the judicial system (hearing or review boards, Codes and Judicial Committee (CJC)) should contact the University Assemblies Office. Both the boards and the CJC consist of students, staff and faculty members. Being part of the system insures that the opinions of each of the constituency groups in our community are being heard.