Philosphy

The Cornell University Greek community is committed to cultivating the intellectual, social, and ethical development of our members in an environment of freedom with responsibility.  One key component of student development is experiential learning; hence student self-governance is the cornerstone of the Greek Judicial system.  The Greek Judicial system parallels the University Judicial system and the Campus Code of Conduct, which is the policy that: 1) enumerates the general principles upon which the Cornell judicial system operates 2) provides guidance to the administrators of the judicial system and 3) enunciates policy and does not create substantive rules of conduct. The University Judicial system responds to violations of the Campus Code of Conduct by an individual or student organization.  The Greek Judicial system responds to a recognized fraternity’s or sorority’s violations of The Fraternity and Sorority Expectations for Membership, The Recognition Policy for Fraternities and Sororities, The Core Principals, The Fraternity and Sorority Event Management Guidelines, The Anti-hazing Policy, and any other related Greek policies.  The Fraternity and Sorority Expectations for Membership outlines the behavior that is expected of all members in the Greek system.  The Office Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living will adjudicate violations of the Fraternity and Sorority Expectations for Membership in conjunction with members of the Multicultural Greek Letter Council, Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Association. 

The advantage of a student-centered judicial process lies in the ability of its members to influence the attitudes and subsequent behavior of their peers through a formal judicial proceeding.  These procedures have been developed to promote fairness in resolution of fraternity and sorority disciplinary matters.  Fraternity and Sorority Judicial Board proceedings are administrative in nature and are held independent of any criminal and/or civil proceedings that may be concurrently in process.  The conduct in question may be simultaneously in violation of federal, state or local laws.  Notification of such violations will not modify the need to adjudicate the alleged misconduct through the Fraternity and Sorority Judicial system.  The discipline of students within the University community is primarily a part of the educational process.

The goals of the Greek Judicial process are to compel chapters and their members to adhere to the Fraternity and Sorority Expectations for Membership, other Greek policies, University Policies, New York State Law, to resolve conflicts within the Greek community, and to improve the public image of the Greek system by promoting high standards of conduct.

Neither the Cornell University Recognition Policy nor anything in these procedures is intended in any way to alter the legal relation between Cornell and fraternities and sororities.  Each fraternity and sorority is, and remains, an independent legal entity responsible for its own actions and for meeting its own legal duties and obligations.