Academic Integrity

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Violations of the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity occurring in Computer Science courses are taken very seriously by the Computer Science faculty. Therefore, it is necessary to impress upon students the gravity of violations of the Code. The following are excerpts from a longer version of the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. The exclusion of any part does not excuse ignorance of the Code.


Absolute integrity is expected of every Cornell student in all academic undertakings; he/she must in no way misrepresent his/her work fraudulently or unfairly advance his/her academic status, or be a party to another student;s failure to maintain academic integrity. The maintenance of an atmosphere of academic honor and the fulfillment of the provisions of this Code are the responsibilities of the students and faculty of Cornell University. Therefore, all students and faculty members shall refrain from any action that would violate the basic principles of this Code.

General Responsibilities

  1. A student assumes responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work he/she submits, such as papers, examinations, or reports.
  2. A student shall be guilty of violating the Code and subject to proceedings under it if he/she:

Specific Remarks for Students in CS 100

Note: "You" in the following refers to "you and your partner" should you work with a partner.

The work you do in Computer Science courses is expected to be the result of your individual effort - the use of a computer in no way modifies the normal standards of the above Code. You may discuss work with other students, and give or receive "consulting" help from other students, but such permissible cooperation should never involve one student having in his or her possession a copy of all or part of another student's assignment - regardless of whether that copy is on paper, on a computer disk, or in a computer file. This implies that there is no legitimate reason to send a copy of a program from one computer account to another, or to be logged-on to another student's account.

Discussion of general strategy or algorithms is permissible, but you may not collaborate in the detailed development or actual writing of an assignment. It is also your responsibility to protect your work from unauthorized access. It is inadvisable to discard copies of your programs in public places. Students who live in dormitories where there are typically many CS 100 students are advised to be extra careful about leaving computers on and copies of output lying around.

Our experience has been that students tend to think less clearly about Academic Integrity when

Be aware of the social forces that underlie these situations..

Penalties are administered on a case-by-case basis. However, here are some guidelines:

Remember that you may end up with a permanent mark on your transcript and be subject to University disciplinary action should you violate the Code.

Contact a member of the course staff immediately if you suspect that there may be a Code violation associated with your programming assignment submission.