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About the OJA

**The Office of the Judicial Administrator is in the process of updating our website.  As part of this update, outdated processes and policies have been removed, and additional documentation about the OJA, our philosophy, and resources will be added.  Until then, please note that any document not directly linked or housed on this website is not current, but physical copies of all current processes and policies are available in the OJA. Thank-you for your patience, and if you have suggestions regarding content that you would like to see added to the website, please share that with the OJA by contacting**


Welcome from the Judicial Administrator (JA)

Hello, and welcome to the website of the Office of the Judicial Administrator (OJA); my name is Michelle R. Horvath, and I serve as the JA.  While colloquially in the Cornell community, the letters “JA” are used to interchangeably describe parts of the conduct process: such as “I was JA’d last night” (which denotes being referred to the OJA), or “I received a JA” (which connotes being held accountable under the Code), the term “JA” is an abbreviation of the position of the Judicial Administrator, a role outlined in the Campus Code of Conduct (Code).  The JA is responsible for the OJA, which is the office that “receives, investigates, and pursues accusations of violations of the Campus Code of Conduct, or of any other regulation as the University Assembly or Board of Trustees may direct” (Title II. Art. II. Sec. A (pg. 11, 2018)).

The Code is a University policy which outlines Cornell community conduct in order “to protect and promote the University community’s pursuit of its educational goals” (Title One. Art.1. Sec. A (pg. 1, 2018)).  Given the Code is a community document, the Code covers the conduct of students, University registered student organizations, and faculty and staff conduct arising outside the course of their employment.  The Code also outlines the process in which reported violations of the Code are handled, as well as the role of the OJA.

Under the Code, the OJA: “receives, investigates, and pursues accusations of violations of the Campus Code of Conduct, or of any other regulation as the University Assembly or Board of Trustees may direct. Anyone can direct such accusations, or any questions about the judicial system, to that office.” (Title Two. Art. II. Sec. A.1 (pg.11, 2018)).  Thus, there are many reasons why you may be visiting this site, including to:

  • seek general information about Cornell’s disciplinary system;
  • understand what options are available to you under the Code if you have been negatively impacted by a member of the Cornell community;
  • gain additional information about the process following notice that you or an organization that you are part of has been referred to the OJA;
  • explore what is expected of you if you are a witness in a Code matter;
  • learn how to support a Respondent if you are serving as an advisor or support person; and
  • request your conduct history at Cornell.

While this website serves as a preliminary resource, I encourage you to contact the OJA if you have any questions, to request a presentation, or for a deeper exploration of the role of the OJA in the Cornell disciplinary system and the Code as we all work to uphold the values outlined in the Code.

-Michelle R. Horvath, Judicial Administrator