About OSA


Cornell’s Office of the Student Advocate (OSA) is an executive, non-partisan office created and legitimized by the Cornell Student Assembly. We offer help and advice to any student or student group trying to navigate Cornell’s bureaucracy when they believe their rights given by federal, state, and local laws or University policy have been violated.  

The OSA is made up of undergraduate students acting as caseworkers in different fields to navigate issues including conduct violations, grade disputes, enrollment issues, financial aid problems, residency concerns, discrimination and harassment. When issues arise pertaining to areas of expertise already handled by other Cornell offices, the OSA will refer students to those offices as a point of contact. All assistance is free and confidential. 


Disclaimer: The Office of the Student Advocate is available as a point of contact to help students navigate Cornell bureaucracy and provide advice but does not guarantee any results.