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Student Conduct & Community Standards

Community Standards and Resources

Community Policies and Procedures

As a member of the Columbia University community, each student is responsible for becoming familiar with several policies and procedures:

Behavioral Violations

Behavioral violations of University policy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dishonesty in dealing with University faculty and/or staff member(s)
  • Gaining unauthorized access to the roof, fire escape, ledge, and/or window of any building
  • Unauthorized entry or egress
  • Intentionally or recklessly causing damage and/or destruction to property
  • Tampering with or abuse of University equipment
  • Knowingly or recklessly endangering the health or safety of others (see Bulletin/Academic Policies)
  • Participating in any activity involving arson, firecrackers, explosives, or firearms
  • Throwing or dropping items out of university buildings (see Housing’s Guide to Living)
  • Threatening, harassing, or abusing others, whether directly or indirectly, in person or via electronic means
  • Manufacturing, possessing, using, or distributing illegal drugs (see the Essential Policies for the Columbia Community)
  • Violating the University’s alcohol policy (see the Essential Policies for the Columbia Community)
  • Intentionally or recklessly destroying, damaging, or stealing property (seeBulletin/Academic Policies)
  • Failing to respond to legitimate requests from University officials (see Bulletin/Academic Policies)
  • Inciting or assisting another person with violating University policy(ies)
  • Violating rules of the Residence Halls, which also applies to Greek and Special Interest Housing (see Housing’s Guide to Living)
  • Violating “Rules of University Conduct” (see Bulletin/Academic Policies)
  • Violating any state, federal or local laws (see the Essential Policies for the Columbia Community)


Hazing ( is any reckless or intentional act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. This may include the destruction or removal of public or private property, or any act that a reasonable person would find demeaning, uncomfortable, embarrassing, humiliating, or ridiculing. The express or implied consent of participants will not be an excuse. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they will also be considered violations of this policy.

Academic Violations

Academic dishonesty violates the principle of intellectual integrity that is the foundation of our institutions. To violate that principle is one of the most serious offenses that a student can commit. Examples of academic dishonesty are listed in the Bulletin and/or policies of the schools at Columbia University, and include:

  • Plagiarism (the use of words, phrases, or ideas belonging to another, without properly citing or acknowledging the source)
  • Self plagiarism (submitting work for one course that already has been used for another course)
  • Cheating on examinations or tests
  • Collaborating on assignments without the instructors permission
  • Receiving unauthorized assistance on an assignment
  • Copying computer programs
  • Falsification, forgery, or misrepresentation of information in coursework or lab work; on any application, petition, or documents submitted to the College or a University official;
  • Fabrication of credentials in materials submitted to the University for administrative or academic review.
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty (selling of or providing notes, exams, papers, etc.)
  • Unauthorized circulation or sharing of past or present course material(s)
  • Lying to a faculty member, dean, adviser or university officer
  • Obtaining advanced knowledge of exams or other assignments without permission
  • Violating specified testing conditions
  • Failing to safeguard one's own work

Off Campus Behavior

Columbia University reserves the right to review student misconduct that occurs off campus, as such behavior reflects upon the integrity of the University. Students are reminded that they serve as representatives of Columbia University and should demonstrate respect for policies and laws, as they would on their own campus. Students may be subject to Dean’s Discipline for any activity that occurs off campus that “impinges on the rights of other students, neighbors, and community members.” Such violations may include but are not limited to noise, hosting events that are disruptive to the community, littering and/or improper removal of trash, not maintaining premises, consumption, and the distribution or sale of alcohol. Students may also be subject to Dean’s Discipline for violations occurring on other college and university campuses or in other off campus locations.

Community Resources

Student Conduct and Community Standards


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