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Explanation of Academic Integrity Proceedings

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. But the Code does not address all questions that may arise.

This website, then, attempts to answer questions about and explain in more detail the procedures for dealing with situations in which students are suspected of violating Cornell's Code of Academic Integrity, from both the student's and the instructor's perspective. In addition, it addresses many questions that AIHB members may have.

Although the information that follows includes guidelines that should enable all parties to understand and apply the Code, 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.

For students, we provide an explanation of:

For AIHB members, we provide:

For instructors, we provide an explanation of:

and: