What it is​

  • This office is a place to go when you don't know where to go next. 

  • This office oversees the University's Inclusion and Equity strategy, bridges the gap between the top administrators and students, and oversees care and crisis. 



Example usages of this office

  • Sally Sue broke her leg. She needs to navigate winter at Cornell on crutches. The Crisis and Care team within the Dean of Students office helps Sally Sue. 

  • A student group wants to occupy Day Hall. They reach out to the Dean of Students ahead of time, who helps them do so safely. 

Examples of common misconceptions 

  • Very few! Frequently the Dean of Students Office says "it's not here and here's where it is," but they always want to help.


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.

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.

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