Integrity in Scholarship and Research

Cornell is committed to promoting and supporting the ethical and responsible conduct of research across all disciplines.

Absolute integrity is expected of each Cornell student, faculty and staff member in all research and scholarship.  Academic integrity is expected not only in formal coursework and research, but in all University relationships and interactions connected to the educational process, including the use of University resources. 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. 

The Code of Academic Integrity defines, for students, Cornell University's official guidelines concerning honesty in academic pursuits.  A helpful guide geared to new students explains these requirements and highlights key concepts of academic integrity.  Understanding what is considered a violation of Cornell’s Code of Academic Integrity is the foundation for good research and scholarship. Some examples of common violations are: plagiarism, cheating (including data falsification or fabrication), unauthorized collaboration, and misrepresenting one's academic accomplishments or credentials.