Resources and Reporting at Cornell and PMA

PMA takes concerns about bias, discrimination, harassment, and sexual and related misconduct seriously.

We encourage you to bring any concerns to the attention of either Department Chair, Associate Professor Samantha Noelle Sheppard; or Senior Department Manager, Christopher Riley. You should always feel welcome to reach out to a trusted faculty member if you prefer. Please be aware, however, that as per Cornell Policy 6.4, conversations with department faculty and staff are not necessarily confidential, and information may be forwarded to College or University HR, the Title IX Coordinator, or other relevant offices. Additionally, you are not required to share your concerns with a member of the department. You may share information that you witness or experience directly to the university by using the university reporting form, which provides private and anonymous reporting options.

There are confidential resources at Cornell for people looking for support, or an opportunity to consider next steps, or who need care or who may be unsure about whether to report incidents to the university or police. Conversations with the university’s “confidential resources” are kept strictly confidential and, except in rare circumstances, will not be shared (including to faculty, coaches, parents, etc.) without explicit permission.

There are numerous reporting options and resources at Cornell, and we encourage you to become familiar with them and reach out to them as needed. The Caring Community page covers a comprehensive list of concerns, including:

  • Bias Incidents 
    Use this website to report bias that you have seen, heard, or experienced; or call the Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at (607) 255-3976. 
  • Title IX 
    Find more information about Title IX reporting, the Student Bill of Rights, and information about complaint procedures.
  • Hazing Reporting 
    If you have been hazed, have witnessed hazing, or suspect that someone you know has been hazed, you can report your observations privately to Cornell officials.