Academic Integrity

You are expected to maintain the utmost level of academic integrity in all your academic endeavors. Please read and understand the following excerpts from a longer version of the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. "I didn't know it wasn't allowed" is not a valid excuse; if you are in doubt, ask.

For CS578, all of the work you submit is expected to be your own. You are not allowed to discuss homeworks or programming assignments or paper critiques with anyone except the instructor or TA's. Violation of the Academic Integrity Code very often results in failure in the course . All written work and programs must be entirely your own.

Violations of the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity occurring in Computer Science courses are taken very seriously. We find it necessary to impress upon you now the gravity of violations of this 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. All students and faculty members must refrain from any action that would violate this principle.

Definition of Academic Integrity

A student assumes responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work he/she submits, such as papers, examinations, or reports.

A student is guilty of violating the Code, and subject to proceedings under it, if he/she:

Unless otherwise specified by the individual professor, 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 Code.


The penalty for any violation of this Code in Computer Science courses will be determined by the instructor according to accepted procedures. It may be failure in the course.

Computer accounts are provided for coursework only. They are not private accounts; they belong to the Department of Computer Science and the use of these accounts may be monitored in various ways. Accounts that are abused will be withdrawn.

More Information

  • Cornell University Academic Integrity Handbook. Second Edition, September 1990. Office of the University Faculty.
  • The Code of Academic Integrity and Acknowledging the Work of Others. August 1990. Office of the Dean of Faculty, Cornell
  • University.

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