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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Absolute integrity is expected of every Cornell student in all academic undertakings. Integrity entails a firm adherence to values most essential to an academic community, including honesty with respect to the intellectual efforts of oneself and others. Both students and faculty at Cornell assume the responsibility of maintaining and furthering these values. However, a Cornell student's submission of work for academic credit implies that the work is the student's own. Outside assistance should be acknowledged, and the student's academic position truthfully reported. In addition, Cornell students have the right to expect academic integrity from each of their peers. It is plagiarism for anyone to represent another person’s work as his or her own. As stated in the University Code of Academic Integrity, "The maintenance of an atmosphere of academic honor . . . is the responsibility of the student and faculty. . ." Gray areas sometimes exist when students study and work together. It is important that faculty state clearly what is expected, and that students understand what authorship citations an instructor expects. To become better acquainted with academic integrity responsibilities, each student should read the Code of Academic Integrity available on the web at http://cuinfo.cornell.edu/aic.cfm . A hard copy may be obtained from the Engineering Advising Office, 180 Rhodes Hall which includes the Code of Academic Integrity, Acknowledging the Work of Others, Dealing with Online Sources, Working Collaboratively, and Beware of Businesses Buying and Selling Course Materials Without Authorization.