Student Rights and Responsibilities


Tompkins Cortland Community College is committed to developing and sustaining an environment where all students feel safe and empowered to pursue and achieve their academic goals. In fact, our sole continuing institutional goal is Student Success – your success. That can only happen in learning and living environments that are open atmospheres for the search for knowledge and truth, critical thinking and personal growth.

We are committed to you as a whole person – both inside and outside the classroom. This means we seek to support your social, emotional, physical and intellectual development in all of our learning and living environments. We encourage you to participate in the broad array of programs available to you and to actively reflect on what it means to be part of the Tompkins Cortland community. “…Everyone at Tompkins Cortland – faculty, staff and students – assumes an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the functions of the College as an educational institution and to abide to all local, state, and federal laws.

All conduct that interferes with the educational function of the College will result in appropriate disciplinary action and will be confronted and addressed in a positive, straightforward manner.

The College recognizes and understands the proliferation of electronic devices generally and students’ regular use of these devices.  The College does not discourage use of such devices, consistent with its policies.  Additionally, it is the policy of the College to expect students to use such devices in a manner which respects the rights and privacy of other students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Tompkins Cortland further expects students not to interfere with law enforcement activities including through video/audio recording.  

Individuals and organizations should always be free to support causes by orderly means that do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution. At the same time, it should be made clear to the community that in their public expressions or demonstrations, individuals or organizations speak only for themselves, not the College.

Generally, student conduct will refer to that which occurs on-campus or at College-sponsored events and activities. However, jurisdiction and discipline may also be applied, at the discretion of the College, for conduct that occurs off-campus and that adversely affects the College, the College community, or the interests and mission of the College.

In civil or criminal cases the College will cooperate with both the civil authorities and the student defendant regarding background information for the particular case in question. Should students charged with a violation of the law request assistance from the College, a representative from the Dean of Student Life office will advise them and offer the appropriate help. However, no attempt will be made to isolate students from the legal consequences of their actions.

As fully engaged members of the College community, Tompkins Cortland students pride themselves in setting a standard of conduct that makes the campus a welcome, dynamic environment. The rights and responsibilities of our students are explained in detail in the College's Student Rights and Responsibilities, which covers such topics as Student Email Accounts, Human Rights, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Policy on HIV and AIDS, Grievance and Conduct Violation Policies, Academic Policies and Regulations, and Non-Academic Policies and Regulation. The full contents are listed to the left.