Cornell Earns an “A” in FIRE’s Due Process Ratings

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'The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) conducts an annual rating of 53 major colleges in terms of the due process rights provided to students. In the 2022 rankings, Cornell University was the only one to receive an “A” rating.

The report grades each college’s judicial procedures based upon ten different rights provided to accused students. Because most campuses, including Cornell, have different procedures for Title IX sexual assault violations, non-Title IX Policy 6.4 (covering discrimination and harassment not based upon sex) violations and other non-academic misconduct, a separate grade is assigned to each. Cornell won an “A” for the Student Code of Conduct procedures and “B” for Cornell’s Policy 6.4 procedures.

FIRE reported, “For the first time in the history of FIRE’s Spotlight on Campus Due Process report, a single policy, at Cornell University, received an A grade. This means that the policy provides more than 8 of the 10 elements that FIRE considers critical to a fair procedure. Of the other 154 policies rated at the 53 schools in this report, not one earns higher than a B.”'

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