At Cornell, you are part of a diverse, caring community of students, faculty, and staff that takes its responsibility to look out for one another very seriously. Within Cornell’s caring community, the struggle of one of us is a concern for all of us. Conversely, the success and growth of each of us enhances our community. As a caring community, we reach out to each other in times of need and work together to build a better place.

“For all its intensity, Cornell is a caring community because of the efforts we all make — faculty, staff, and students — to seek help for ourselves and to offer support to others.”
–President David Skorton

If you are a student, your time at Cornell University is intended to be a period of personal transformation and growth unlike any other you will experience during your life. With it come
the inevitable challenges of university life, such as the pressures to succeed academically and make sense of a new, and sometimes bewildering, social environment. If you are a member of the faculty or staff, in addition to your professional duties you may be occupied by raising children, caring for elderly parents, personal health issues, financial issues, or other serious matters.

And, despite all the special gifts you possess that brought you to Cornell, like everyone who came to the university before you, you will experience moments of anxiety, doubt, or fear. Within Cornell’s caring community, no one has to answer questions like “Do I belong here,” “How do I succeed,” “Where can I go for help” and “How may I give assistance?” on their own.

Please remember that your mental and emotional well-being is just as important as your physical health. Whether you are having a bad day or not, you should take time periodically to take an emotional inventory. If you need help, Cornell has a multiplicity of consultation and support services available to meet the emotional, physical, social, and spiritual needs of the university community.