Academic Misconduct

What it is, how to avoid it, and procedures for reporting it

Academic success is based on the shared values of honesty, fairness, trust, respect, accountability, and responsibility. Cornell’s academic community thrives when all members adhere to these standards of integrity. Academic misconduct is the exception rather than the norm, but it does occur. It is important to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct, how to avoid it, and what to do if you encounter it during your Cornell career.

What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct includes any act that violates standards of integrity in the conduct of scholarly and scientific research and communication. Common violations include plagiarism, falsifying or fabricating data, unauthorized collaboration, and misrepresenting one's academic accomplishments or credentials. Academic misconduct also includes any form of retaliation against a person who, while acting in good faith, provides information about suspected misconduct. Academic integrity is expected not only in formal coursework but in all university relationships and interactions, including the use of university resources. Academic misconduct does not include unintentional error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.

What do I need to know to avoid engaging in academic conduct?

The Code of Academic Integrity is Cornell's official statement on honesty in student academic pursuits. Students should familiarize themselves with these rules and avoid the violations described. A comprehensive and helpful guide geared to new students explains the requirements and highlights key concepts of academic integrity.

What must I do if I encounter academic misconduct?

All members of the Cornell community are obligated to report suspected acts of academic misconduct. Whether you are a faculty member, a member of the staff, or a student, you are encouraged to make any report to the Dean of the Faculty.