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Judicial Codes Counselor

The Office of the Judicial Codes Counselor (JCC) provides free assistance to any member of the Cornell community accused of violating the Campus Code of Conduct, the Code of Academic Integrity, or Cornell University Policy 6.4. All communications with a JCC are confidential as long as the proceedings remain with Cornell’s judicial system.

A part of Cornell University’s campus disciplinary system, the JCC office consists of five law students—the Judicial Codes Counselor, the Associate JCC, and three assistant JCCs. All perform the functions listed below. The current Judicial Codes Counselor is Marisa O’Gara.

How can a JCC assist me?

In a case arising under the Code of Conduct, a JCC can assist you by explaining the judicial process and giving advice. A JCC may also participate in discussions with a Judicial Administrator (JA) or represent you at a hearing.

In a case arising under the Code of Academic Integrity, a JCC can explain the process to you, help you prepare your response to the charge at a primary hearing, and attend the primary hearing as an adviser. A JCC may also help you prepare an appeal to an Academic Integrity Hearing Board (AIHB) and may attend the hearing in an advisory capacity.

In a case arising under Cornell University Policy 6.4 (Prohibited Discrimination, Protected-Status Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault and Violence), a JCC can explain the process to you, help you  prepare for investigative interviews, and attend those interviews. A JCC may also help you draft your written responses and appeals.

In all cases, a JCC aims to ensure that an accused individual’s needs are being met at every stage of the relevant process. As a result, a JCC may advise that you consult other entities in the Cornell system or a barred attorney.

If you would like to consult with a JCC, the best way to reach us is by email at


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