What it is​

  • The Bias Reporting Office files and handles complaints of bias at Cornell. 

  • When a complaint does not violate University policy, the response from the office is non disciplinary. 

  • Complaints filed anonymously are usually non actionable depending on content. 



Example usages of this office

  • Sally Sue's professor uses offensive language in her slideshow. Sally Sue reports this to bias reporting and they reach out to the professor to have a conversation about inclusivity in the classroom.


​*** The University distinguishes between bias, harassment and discrimination. Only harassment and discrimination are actionable. 


Bias- "I hate people with green hair" 


Harassment- "I hate you because you have green hair" (and must be said many times)


Discrimination- Denying access to rights for protected classes. 

Examples of common misconceptions 

  • Sally Sue believes her professor's grading practices are biased. She would not find recourse through bias reporting. 

  • Sally Sue believes her course curriculum is offensive, she would not find recourse through bias reporting. 


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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