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If you’re faculty, staff, post doc, undergrad, or a graduate student and feel like you need help or you’re unsure what to do about a problem, we recommend talking to one of these free and confidential Cornell resources. They will help determine what can be done and assist in navigating the many other specific resources we have on campus. 
  • Employment issues 
  • Tenure or reappointment 
  • Workplace disputes
  • Cornell policy 
  • Interpersonal conflict 
  • Ethics concerns
  • Graduate committees
  • Advisor/advisee issues
  • Sexual assault or rape
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  • Stalking or targeted vandalism
  • Harassment
  • Physical, emotional, or mental assault 
  • Bias-related incidents
  • Hazing
  • Related types of victimization
Jonathan Lunine (Department Chair), Mary Mulvanerton (Associate Director), or David Chernoff (Director of Graduate Studies) will be happy to assist with department related issues as well. 
A comprehensive list of resources Cornell offers to cover crisis, mental, physical, social, intellectual, financial, and family help can be found here.
Our Climate and Diversity Committee 
The Cornell astronomy climate and diversity committee has been established to set up and maintain a system for promoting an environment in the Department which promotes collaboration, inclusion, mentorship and respect. We are in the process of creating a values statement, organizing educational opportunities, and examining our reporting, admissions, and workplace processes.
We hold monthly meetings and all are welcome to join. Reach out to one of us for more information. 

Committee Members