What constitutes a breach in academic integrity?
The following are the most common breaches of academic integrity. When in doubt, ask a professor if you’re unsure if you are breaching academic integrity:
- Cheating (of any kind)
- Representing someone else’s work as your own
- Not giving appropriate credit (citations) of someone else’s work
- Collaborating on work when permission was not granted
- Utilizing library or internet sources without giving credit
- Using a previous assignment or paper from another class or course
- Selling notes, exam answers or papers
- Using some else's papers or assignments as your own
What are the ramifications of a breach in academic integrity?
Students who violate codes of academic integrity can face academic consequences in the course at the faculty level, department level, and at the school’s level. The following are some common ramifications:
- “F” grade for the paper/exam/assignment in question
- “F” grade for the course
- Documentation at the Department Level
- Academic File Documentation
- Academic Probation for Term(s)
- Academic Dismissal from Columbia University
How can I avoid compromising academic integrity?
Ask for help, permission, and/or clarification any time that you are unsure. Ignorance is not an excuse for inappropriate conduct. Faculty, Graduate Student Services, Graduate School of Arts and Science, and the University Library all have resources available to point you in the right direction. Additionally, being aware of the School’s policies as outlined in the bulletin:
What if I suspect someone else compromising academic integrity?
There is always a fine line, and each situation is unique. We encourage students who suspect others of violating an academic policy to seek guidance through the University Ombuds Office. This offices provides a safe place to obtain confidential and neutral advice for your concerns. It is not uncommon for students to seek out a faculty member. We discourage students from sharing facts with other students for confidentiality and to avoid potential altercations between the parties.
What if I have a grievance that I have been wrongly accused of compromising academic integrity?
In most cases, students who alleged to be involved with an academic integrity issue will be called in to a Dean’s Discipline Hearing for the School to assess and determine validity of the claim. This is the opportunity for the accused student to present their side of the issue. If the hearing results in a decision the student does not agree with, the student can file an appeal with the School’s Dean’s Office. For complete description of the process, review the following:
Where can I find these policies or the Code of Academic Integrity?