Residents of Cornell's undergraduate residential communities may be referred to the Peer Review Board for violations of the House Rules.
Peer Review Board (PRB) hearings are designed to enable the resident to voice his/her opinion about the alleged policy violation, and for this reason it is highly recommended that students attend hearings should they be referred to the PRB.
During hearings, the following activities will always take place:
Residents have several choices that they must make during a hearing:
What happens if I'm referred to the PRB?
You will have a hearing with student peers on either the Tuesday Board or the Thursday Board. See above for details.
What do I need to bring to a hearing?
You should bring your "Request to appear" form. If you lose it or forget it, however, there will be extras at the hearing. Nothing else is required, although you may bring witnesses who were present during the documented event. Character witnesses are not permitted, and we respectfully request that all mobile devices be placed on silent and not answered during the hearing.
What happens if I'm found responsible for the House Rules violation for which I've been cited?
If you are found responsible, various educational measures (sanctions) may be taken – for example, being referred to Gannett's BASICS program. Sanctions are specific to the incident, with all relevant information taken into account, including previous hearings at the PRB. Case information is not disclosed outside of the board and is not placed on a permanent record.
What if I don't agree with the sanction I've received?
If you feel that the sanction is too harsh for the violation and serves more to punish than to educate, or if you feel that your student rights have been violated, you may appeal the decision to the Peer Review Executive Board. Please keep in mind that your appeal request can be accepted or rejected at the discretion of the Executive Chairman.
What if I don't complete my sanction by the deadline I've been given?
If you do not complete your sanction by the deadline, you will be charged with non-compliance and referred to the Peer Review Executive Board (see below).
How is the Peer Review Board structured?
There two main boards to hear House Rules violations, called the Tuesday board and the Thursday board, for the days that they meet. There is also an Executive Board that hears appeal and non-compliance cases and sets the general policies for the board as a whole. The Executive Board is comprised of the Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and Board Coordinators of the two boards, plus the Executive Chair.
What if I have a conflict with the date scheduled for my hearing?
If you have a time conflict, please contact the PRB at CLPRB@cornell.edu to set up a hearing during a more suitable time.
Still have questions?
Please contact the PRB at CLPRB@cornell.edu and allow up to five business days for a reply.