At Columbia, you are expected to participate in an academic community that honors intellectual work and respects its origins. Plagiarism and dishonest work not only jeopardize your academic, professional, and social development–they violate the standards of our community. As a new Columbia student, you are required to complete an online tutorial before classes begin to learn about our Academic Integrity Policy and to familiarize yourself with our learning management system.
New Student Requirement
Undergraduates at Columbia College and Columbia Engineering are required to take an online academic integrity tutorial on CourseWorks, which provides an introduction to understanding the expectations of the Academic Integrity Policy at Columbia. The tutorial gives advice on how to use academic and campus resources to avoid mistakes with integrity. You will hear from students, faculty, and alumni about why integrity is an important value and a critical part of Columbia’s reputation.
Whether you are joining the Columbia community as a first-year or a new student from another higher education institution, it is very important to take the time to understand our shared academic community values of integrity and honor.
Incoming students will receive an email, sent to their Columbia LionMail, providing access to take the tutorial before classes start. They will have until August 18 to complete the requirement before the first day of the fall term. Students who fail to complete the tutorial by the due date will not be in good academic standing therefore ineligible to apply for leadership positions on campus. To access the academic integrity tutorial, students will log in to CourseWorks using your Columbia UNI and password. Click "accept" to join the tutorial specific to your school.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Academic Integrity office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wear the Crown with Honor
I affirm that I will not plagiarize, use unauthorized materials or give or receive illegitimate help on assignments, papers or examinations. I will also uphold equity and honesty in the evaluation of my work and the work of others. I do so to sustain a community built around this Code of Honor.
We, the undergraduate students of Columbia University, hereby pledge to value the integrity of our ideas and the ideas of others by honestly presenting our work, respecting authorship and striving not simply for answers but for understanding in the pursuit of our common scholastic goals. In this way, we seek to build an academic community governed by our collective efforts, diligence and Code of Honor.
History of the Honor Code and Honor Pledge
Academic integrity has always been an important value for undergraduates at Columbia. In 2013, the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Honor Code was created through a student-led initiative that began with the Columbia College Student Council Academic Integrity Task Force. Today the Honor Code continues to shape the academic culture of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Based on this collective agreement, academic integrity requires a commitment from all members of the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering community when entering Columbia as an academic citizen.
Academic Affairs representatives from the Columbia College Student Council and the Engineering Student Council continue the tradition of reciting the Honor Code during Convocation, and you will receive an Honor Pin during your dean’s welcome assembly.
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