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Studying with Integrity

During your time here, you will be challenged to act with integrity. In some cases acting with integrity is easy— others are more complex and difficult.  Take a look at the following tips and campus resources that will help you complete your work with integrity:

  1. Go to office hours and get to know faculty members and teaching assistants. Make a habit of going to office hours throughout the semester, even when you are doing well in the class.Office hours give you the opportunity to get to know your professors on a personal level. It also allows you to review ideas for assignments and discuss your academic aspirations. By getting to know your instructors, you’ll gain more connection to the class and course content while demonstrating your commitment to the learning process.Attend Tutoring or Help Room sessions. Find times and locations online.

  2. Build a relationship with your Berick Center for Student Advising (CSA) adviser. This may help you feel more comfortable seeking advice from your CSA adviser when it is most needed. Your adviser is here to help you with any personal or academic hardships.

  3. Know the Academic Calendar deadlines. There are different academic deadlines, such as add/drop, withdrawal and certain academic petitions, for each school.

  4. Organize your schedule. Consider using a planner or calendar to track when your assignments are due and when exams are scheduled. This will help you avoid emailing your professor just before your assignment is due. Instructors are less likely to give an extension on short notice.

  5. Don't wait until the last minute to start writing papers or working on assignments. Use the Ask a Librarian service at Columbia Libraries to get research support in finding credible online sources and learn how to the citation management software, Zotero. Go to the Writing Center for support on all areas of the writing process from brainstorming to outlining revisions on your papers.

  6. Learn about your resources before you need them.When you have a moment, spend some time getting to know the myriad sources of undergraduate support on campus by exploring the Live Well | Learn Well website.

  7. Speak up and ask for help! Your CSA adviser is just one member of a community of advisers available to you at Columbia. When you have a personal concern, reach out to whomever you feel most comfortable talking — a Professor, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student and Family Support and many others. Don’t forget that your family members are only a text or phone call away!

Academic Integrity


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