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Rape or Sexual Assault:

What to Do:
If sexually or otherwise assaulted on campus:

  • Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
  • Get medical attention. Medical services are available at Gannett Health Center, and exams especially formatted to aid in the investigation of sexual assaults are available at Cayuga Medical Center.
  • Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not bathe, douche, or change your clothes.
  • Contact Cornell Police immediately (call 911 in an emergency, or 255-1111, or use a Blue Light or other campus emergency phone).
  • Tell someone you trust about what happened to you, and contact Cornell's Victim Advocacy Program.

Remember, assaults - sexual or otherwise - are crimes; they are not the victim's fault. Victims have the right to pursue adjudication of crimes that occur on the Cornell campus through criminal courts and/or through the university's internal adjudication process (under the Campus Code of Conduct). Cornell Police is trained to assist with prosecution in both systems.

Protect Yourself:
To protect yourself from becoming a victim of acquaintance rape:

  • Always trust your instincts. If you are uncomfortable in a situation, leave or try to change it.
  • Be assertive; set limits and stick to them. Communicate your limits, and if they are ignored, act quickly and forcefully - don't be afraid to "make a scene."
  • Always go out with friends you trust to step in when risks get too great, but be prepared to take care of yourself. Do not assume others will protect you.
  • Understand that "no" means "NO"! If the issue is forced, that's rape.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol consumption.
  • Clarify any mixed messages coming from your friends and romantic partners. Communicate personal expectations and limits.
  • Learn about the dynamics and attitudes that can reduce the risk of acquaintance rape.


The Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education web site at provides ready access to services, support, avenues for reporting, education, and advocacy related to all forms of sexual misconduct.

For a list of Cornell, city, and county agencies that provide law enforcement, treatment, and counseling services, as well as training and educational materials and programs go here. This community network is designed to help prevent and prosecute criminal offenses-including sexual offenses and to provide follow-up support and treatment to victims.

Personal Safety Awareness :
Cornell Police offers programs in personal safety. The program focuses on giving people many opportunities to realize their inner power and strength, and how to appropriately access these skills when they need to.

Personal Safety programs are generally short (1.5 hours) programs intended to cover very basic principals of awareness, confidence and assertiveness.

University Policy 6.3, Sexual Assault