Procedures

While our Judicial process is briefly detailed below, we have provided the attached PDF for a Visual Representation of the OSFL Judicial Process. The full procedures can be found in our Judicial Procedures PDF


Any person may lodge a complaint with the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) against a chapter by completing an appropriate Reporting Form, outlining the alleged violation(s) of policy/ies. In addition, the complaint should include, but is not limited to the following: a summary of the incident leading to the charges, a description of the alleged misconduct, date, time, place, organization involved, number of participants, estimated damage, and witnesses.

The Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life or Vice President for Judicial from the respective governing council will notify the accused chapter via the chapter president and apprise the chapter of the charges.

The Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life in their sole discretion will either:

  • Schedule an informal resolution meeting
  • Send the matter to the Sorority and Fraternity Judicial Board
  • Send the matter to the Chapter Review Board

In the event that a serious violation of one or more of the policies has occurred, where the misconduct may result in removal of the chapter’s recognition at Cornell University, the Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life reserves the right to refer the matter directly to the Vice President for Student and Campus Life or their designee(s). 

If a case is referred to the Sorority and Fraternity Judicial Board, the Vice President for Judicial from the respective governing council will arrange a time and place for the hearing. Notice of a Sorority and Fraternity Judicial Board hearing should be given in writing or by e-mail to all parties involved at least 72 hours prior to the hearing. The notice to the President of the chapter charged with misconduct should include a brief, but clear, description of the alleged offense and the time and location of the hearing.

As a general rule, the status of an accused chapter will not change while a case is pending against it. However, the Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life reserves the right to temporarily suspend activities, including but not limited to new member and social activities, of an accused chapter whenever necessary to promote the best interest of the accused chapter and the University. The Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life, or their designee, will notify the chapter president if such action is necessary.


Sorority and Fraternity Chapter Review Board

A Chapter Review Board is an adminstrative hearing with representatives of the accused Chapter, the Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life, student representatives from the Tri-Council, and, if possible, Cornell Staff representatives familiar with the Judicial process. The purpose of the meeting is to review the chapter’s history of misconduct, including any current allegations of misconduct, the overall health of the organization, and the organization’s ability to comply with University and Sorority and Fraternity policies. The goal of a Chapter Review Board is to determine the chapter’s status with the University and conditions for continued University Recognition.