Absolute integrity is expected of every Cornell student in all academic 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 coursework situations, but in all University relationships and interactions connected to the educational process, including the use of University resources. While both students and faculty of Cornell assume the responsibility of maintaining and furthering these values, this document is concerned specifically with the conduct of students.Code of Academic Integrity
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Students are expected to be present throughout each semester at all meetings of classes for which they are enrolled. The right to excuse a student from class rests at all times with the instructor of that class.
In accordance with Section 224-a of the New York State Education Law, any student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs must be given an equivalent opportunity to enroll in classes or make up any examinations, study, or work requirements that he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. In order to facilitate preparation of makeup exams, students intending to be absent in order to observe religious holidays are requested to notify the instructor by the end of the first full week of classes.
The premise of Cornell Tech is to integrate the study and pursuit of technology, business, law and design in service of economic impact and societal good. Critical to that premise is fostering a community of ethical, inclusive and integrity-driven developers, leaders and advisers for the tech ecosystem. Accordingly, we expect all members of the Cornell Tech community to adopt the highest standards of ethics, academic integrity, and professional conduct, and to abide by the core values and principles needed to make the community thrive:
- Integrity: Be agents for improvement, with integrity and respect.
- Teamwork: Embrace focused, diverse teams for better outcomes.
- Community: Think about how you can help one another. Individual success requires community success.
- Build the Future: Create a better world with digital technology, by focusing on things that matter to people.
- Humility: Grow from feedback and honest self-reflection. Assume best intentions of others.
- Engage Positively: Represent yourself and the institution professionally in NYC and beyond.
The Cornell Tech Guiding Principles for Masters Study form the foundation of these Standards of Professional Conduct. It is expected that all students will adhere to the letter and spirit of these Standards.
Conduct, Academic Integrity, and Professional Behavior
All Cornell Tech students and other students taking Cornell Tech classes or classes on the Cornell Tech campus must abide by all University policies, including the following three Cornell University Codes:
- Cornell University Campus Code of Conduct
- Cornell University Student Code of Conduct Procedures
- Cornell Code of Academic Integrity
- Cornell University Policy 6.4, including the Procedures for Resolution of Reports Against Students Under Cornell University Policy 6.4
Cornell Tech Standards of Professional Conduct
This Standard supplements the Cornell Codes by providing specific guidance on professional conduct.
Professionalism, honesty, integrity and mutual respect –among classmates, faculty, lecturers, staff, and the community at large – is of paramount importance to Cornell Tech’s educational mission, the learning environment on campus, and the development of the Cornell Tech Community. You are expected to create a positive and inclusive living, learning, and working environment, to act as responsible citizens of the campus community, and to treat other members of the community with fairness, dignity, and respect, regardless of actual or perceived differences, including but not limited to gender, orientation, culture, religion, education or viewpoint.
Your conduct and engagement as a member of the Cornell Tech community helps build not only your own reputation, but the reputation of the institution, your classmates, and our current and future alumni. Honoring commitments of integrity and professional conduct today encourages others around you to do so, and lets the world outside Cornell Tech know what they can expect from our students and graduates. Every single interaction matters.
Professional conduct is expected and required at the Roosevelt Island campus, and at any location where Cornell Tech students are convened for official functions (e.g., recruiting event, social event) or are working on academic-related activities (e.g., field research, networking events).
Cornell students who have concerns about a violation of the Standards of Professional Conduct may first raise the subject with the offender unless the situation is too serious and/or emotionally or physically threatening to permit such a conversation. Students may also seek guidance from the appropriate senior administrator, including but not limited to the Associate Deans, the Director of Student Services, the Senior Director of Career Management, and the Assistant Director of Safety and Security.
Violations may be addressed by the Cornell Tech Hearing Board. The Hearing Board will follow the process outlined by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. In addition, conduct in violation of the Standards of Professional Conduct may also be subject to investigation and adjudication under the Cornell University Code of Conduct or the Procedures for Resolution of Reports Against Students Under Cornell University Policy 6.4
While it is impossible to list all possible violations, examples of what would be typically considered unprofessional conduct are outlined below.
Communications and General Campus Interactions (in or out of class, in person or using Cornell communications channels):
- Harassment, defamation, libel, foul language and/or threatening or disruptive conduct.
- Any message deemed defamatory to a race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nation, or sexual orientation.
- Invasion of privacy or destruction of property that is not one’s own.
- Intentional physical intimidation, whether or not it rises to the level of harassment.
- Personal or disparaging critique.
- Ignoring messages from faculty, staff, administration, project team, or corporate contacts sent through established communication channels.
- Distributing or otherwise sharing information deemed confidential (e.g., other students’ grades).
- Repeated inappropriate use of Cornell communications channels.
Class and Event Conduct:
- Interference with the learning process of others including (but not limited to):
- Inappropriate device use, as set by each instructor/host.
- Arriving late to/leaving early from class or events (e.g., arriving late or leaving early on a continuous basis, disrupting the class/event when entering/leaving).
- Stealing intellectual property (e.g., photocopying, scanning, or otherwise unlawfully obtaining course packets or course textbooks).
- Inappropriate behavior when a guest speaker is present (e.g., failure to attend class/event without an excused absence, inappropriate apparel, disruptive conduct or device use).
- Misrepresentation of background (e.g., credentials and work experience on resume).
- Signing up for, but not attending, corporate events or interviews.
- Arriving late or unprepared for corporate events or interviews.
- Failure to decline a job offer when a student knows they will not accept it.
- Reneging on accepted job offers.
Expectations for Balancing Academic and Career Demands:
Based on the unique format and nature of the various course offerings, each faculty member will determine the most appropriate policies when it comes to his or her course (e.g. attendance, class participation, individual assignments, group projects, exams). Group work is an important component of many courses, and you must balance your job search with your obligations to teammates. Make sure you are familiar with these requirements when you commit to take the course.
When you anticipate a conflict such that you may seek to miss a class or deadline due to a recruiting activity, discuss the issue with the professor well in advance. It will be at the instructor’s discretion whether to excuse the absence or delay without an impact on your grade. Do not expect the professor to record or repeat the missed lecture on an individual basis. Repeated unexcused absences will be considered a violation of these standards.
You are obligated to take course exams as scheduled. Faculty cannot be expected to construct separate tests for each absentee. If you perceive a conflict, let the professor know as early as possible. It will be at the instructor’s discretion whether to permit alternative accommodations.
The standards of conduct articulated in Cornell University’s Campus Code of Conduct reflect the principles of the entire Cornell community. The Student Code of Conduct Procedures may be found here. The checks and balances in the disciplinary system ensure Code enforcement remains true to these principles. Additionally, the Code relies on Cornell University Policy 6.4, Prohibited Discrimination, Protected-Status Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault and Violence to provide the procedures to resolve sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations, which also has checks and balances consistent with the Code’s principles. It is up to each individual community member to understand the principles to ensure that our shared living-learning environment meets our community standards.
Additional information can be found on Cornell’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards page.
You have the right to:
- Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
- Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
- Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by Cornell;
- Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
- Be treated with dignity and to receive from Cornell courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
- Be free from any suggestion that a complainant is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
- Describe the incident to as few Cornell representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
- Be protected from retaliation by Cornell, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of Cornell;
- Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
- Be accompanied by an adviser of choice who may assist and advise a complainant, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and
- Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of Cornell University
You have the right to make a report to Cornell University Police, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to Cornell; to be protected by Cornell from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from Cornell.
For more information, visit: http://titleix.cornell.edu/reporting/student-bill-of-rights/.
Cornell University will assist members of the university community in understanding the risks associated with consuming alcohol, and the need to prevent the harm that results from its misuse and abuse. The university permits the purchase and use of alcoholic beverages under certain conditions, but expects individuals to take specific measures to help prevent alcohol abuse in its community. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use, and/or sale of controlled substances or other illegal drugs is prohibited.
For more information, visit: https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/policy/policies/alcohol-and-other-drugs-students-staff-faculty-and-visitors