Cornell College defines abusive or harassing behavior as any verbal, written or physical conduct that is sufficiently serious (i.e. severe, persistent or pervasive) as to limit or deny an individual's ability to participate in or benefit from the college's programs. Bullying involves repeated physical, verbal or psychological attacks or intimidation directed against a person who cannot properly defend themselves because of size or strength, or because the person is outnumbered or less psychologically resilient.

This policy extends to retaliation against a person who reports, is accused of, or participates in an investigation of student misconduct, or against their family or friends. Such behavior is subject to institutional grievance and student conduct procedures.

Acts of abuse, harassment, bullying or retaliation should be reported to the Dean of Students.  For information about incidents involving bias-related abuse or harassment see the Bias-Related Incident Policy.