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Academic Integrity

Absolute integrity is expected of every Cornell student, faculty, and staff in all undertakings. Integrity entails a firm adherence to a set of values, and the values most essential to an academic community are grounded on the concept of honesty with respect to the intellectual efforts of oneself and others. Academic integrity is expected not only in formal course work but in all university relationships and interactions, including the use of university resources. Students, faculty, and staff assume the responsibility of maintaining and furthering these values.

The Code of Academic Integrity gives guidelines for students, courses, and the use of computers. It lays out procedures for primary hearings, for the College Academic Integrity Hearing Board (AIHB) hearings, and for appeals to the dean after an AIHB has made a decision.

A list of the current AIHB chairs is available here.

Because the Code does not address all questions that may arise, we provide guidelines to help those involved:

Guidelines for Instructors

Guidelines for Students

Guidelines for the Independent Witness

Guidelines for AI Hearing Board Chairs and Members

These guidelines do not substitute for the Code itself. In any specific case, as individual circumstances dictate, the Chair and Board of any college have the authority to use their discretion to interpret the Code and, based on that interpretation, deviate from the processes described here.

AI cases require formal communications. To make that aspect of case handling less time-consuming for the instructor, we provide the following library of template letters:

Template Letters for AI-Related Communications

Last Updated: December 15, 2016 at 11:29 am