Cornell University Police

The Cornell University Police are responsible for serving and protecting Cornell faculty, staff and students on the Cornell University campus. The Cornell University Police are on campus and on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are charged with providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Emergency Preparedness

Safety is a priority at Cornell. All students are encouraged to visit to learn about several key safety resources, including what to do in case of an active threat to life on campus. Students can also download RAVE Guardian, a free mobile app that turns their smartphone into a personal safety device, and enroll in or update their contact information to receive CornellALERT messages by phone and text.

Title IX

Cornell is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning, living, and working environment. To this end, Cornell will not tolerate sexual and related misconduct. Through Cornell University Policy 6.4, and the applicable procedures for students, the university provides means to address sexual and related misconduct, including sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation.

We encourage every student to seek help if they or someone they know has experienced sexual misconduct. Any student with a concern or who wishes to file a report can do so by contacting the Title IX office or the Cornell University Police. The Title IX website is a resources to learn about Cornell’s procedures, reporting options, and resources, including Confidential Resources. The SHARE website is a resource for support, education and advocacy.

Campus Code of Conduct & Office of the Judicial Administrator

The standards of conduct articulated in Cornell University’s Campus Code of Conduct reflect the principles of the entire Cornell community. The checks and balances in the disciplinary system ensure Code enforcement remains true to these principles. It is up to each individual community member to understand the principles to ensure that our shared living-learning environment meets our community standards.

The Office of the Judicial Administrator (OJA) is a part of Cornell University’s campus disciplinary system, which sets standards of behavior to protect the entire Cornell community — students, staff and faculty — and provides procedures to ensure a fair process for the individual charged (Respondent) and for the individual alleging the violation (Complainant).

Blue Light Services

Cornell’s pioneering Blue Light program promotes and safeguards personal security and well-being on the Cornell campus, particularly at night. Students can access campus emergency phones 24 hours a day to reach the Cornell Police or request a Blue Light Escort to accompany them to their destination on or near campus. TCAT Blue Light bus routes 92 and 93 serve central campus, residence halls, outer parking lots and Collegetown from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. seven days a week during the academic year.

Blue Light Safety Message

During the academic year, all current students, faculty and staff receive a weekly Blue Light Safety Message from Cornell Police Chief Dave Honan. The message includes a variety of timely information and is intended to provide information and resources to help community members enhance their safety both on campus and off.


CornellALERT messages are emergency notifications sent to all enrolled students, faculty and staff any time there is an imminent threat to the safety of the community. In addition to receiving the email message, students, faculty and staff can elect to receive voice and/or text messages.

Crime Alert

Crime Alerts are timely warning messages about potential danger provided by the Cornell Police. The alerts are sent via email to all current students, faculty and staff, and posted on the Campus Alerts webpage. Other methods of disseminating the warning may also be employed.

Gorge Safety

The two gorges that run through the Cornell campus – Cascadilla and Fall Creek – represent more than 10,000 years of beauty. While the gorges are wonderful for recreation and hiking, they can be very dangerous. Current conditions, gorge closures and safety information are posted on the Gorge Safety website.

Caring Community

Additional safety resources and information can be found on Cornell’s Caring Community website.