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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

2018 Summer College Academic Code of Conduct

I. Principle

Absolute integrity is expected of every Cornell University Summer College 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 also in all University relationships and interactions connected to the educational process, including the use of University resources. While both students and faculty of Cornell University Summer College assume the responsibility of maintaining and furthering these values, this document is concerned specifically with the conduct of Summer College students.

A Summer College student’s submission of work for academic credit indicates that the work is the student’s own. All outside assistance should be acknowledged, and the student’s academic position truthfully reported at all times. In addition, Cornell students have a right to expect academic integrity from each of their peers.

II. Guidelines for Summer College Students:

A. General Responsibilities

  1. A student shall in no way misrepresent his or her work.
  2. A student shall in no way fraudulently or unfairly advance his or her academic position.
  3. A student shall refuse to be a party to another student’s failure to maintain academic integrity.
  4. A student shall not in any other manner violate the principle of academic integrity.

B. Examples of Violations

  1. Knowingly representing the work of others as one’s own. Note that team members involved in a group project will be viewed as one unit. Therefore, if one member of a team violates the code of academic integrity, all members will be considered to be in violation, whether they had prior knowledge or not.
  2. Using, obtaining, or providing authorized assistance on examinations, papers, or any other academic work.
  3. Fabricating data in support of laboratory or field-work.
  4. Forging a signature to certify completion of a course assignment.
  5. Unfairly advancing one’s academic position by hoarding or damaging library materials.
  6. Misrepresenting one’s academic accomplishments.

C. Specific Guidelines for Courses

  1. Examinations. During in-class examinations no student may use, give, or receive any assistance or information not given in the examination or by the proctor. No student may take an examination for another student. Between the time a take-home examination is distributed and the time it is submitted by the student for grading, the student may not consult with any persons other than the course professor and teaching assistants regarding the examination. The student is responsible for understanding the conditions under which the examination will be taken.
  2. Course Assignments. Students are encouraged to discuss the content of a course among themselves and to help each other master it, but no student should receive help in doing a course assignment that is meant to test what he or she can do without help from others. Representing another’s work as one’s own is plagiarism and a violation of this Code. If materials are taken from published sources the student must clearly and completely cite the source of such materials. Work submitted by a student and used by a faculty member in the determination of a grade in a course may not be submitted by that student in a second course, unless such submission is approved in advance by the faculty member in the second course. If a student is submitting all or part of the same work simultaneously for the determination of a grade in two or more different courses, all faculty members in the courses must approve such submissions.
  3. Academic Misconduct. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to, failure to attend classes, failure to complete assignments, talking during an exam, bringing unauthorized materials into the exam room, and disruptive behavior in the classroom.

D. Principles for Computer Use and Network Systems

The use of computers and network systems in no way exempts students from the normal requirements of ethical behavior in the Cornell University community. Use of a computer and network system that is shared by many other users imposes certain additional obligations. In particular, data, software and computer capacity have value and must be treated accordingly. Although some rules are built into computer and network systems, such restrictions cannot limit completely what students can do. In any event students are responsive for their actions whether or not rules are built in, and whether or not they can circumvent them.

Standards of behavior include:

  1. Respect for the privacy of other user’s information, even when that information is not securely protected.
  2. Respect for the ownership of proprietary software. For example, unauthorized copies of such software for one’s own use, even when that software is not protected against copying is inappropriate.
  3. Respect for the finite capacity of the system and limitation of use so as not to interfere unreasonably with the activity of other users.
  4. Respect for the procedures established to manage the use of the system.

E. Variances

Summer College faculty members are responsible for informing their students and teaching assistance of variances from this Code that apply to work in their course. These variances should be clearly stated in writing at the beginning of the course of activity to which they apply.

III. Summer College Academic Code of Conduct Disciplinary Process

A. Academic Misconduct Violations

  1. Students and staff discovering an apparent violation should immediately report the matter to the faculty member in charge of the course.
  2. The faculty member may impose a grade penalty or assign additional coursework for any academic misconduct in a Summer College classroom or examination room. The faculty member must promptly notify the student of the reason of imposition of the penalty for academic misconduct and the degree to which his or her grade will be affected. No hearing is required. The faculty member’s decision is final.
  3. The faculty member will also refer the matter to the director of Summer College for a Summer College Judicial Meeting. (See Section III. D, below)

B. All Other Violations of this Code

  1. Students and staff discovering an apparent violation should immediately report the matter to the faculty member in charge of the course.
  2. Notification. If, after investigation, possibly including a discussion with the student, a faculty member believes that the student has violated this Code, the faculty member shall present the student with notice of the alleged violation. This notice shall include notification of a hearing to be held as soon as practicable after the alleged infraction has come to the attention of the faculty member.
  3. Composition of Hearing. At the hearing the following shall be present: the faculty member concerned, the student in question, and a third party independent witness (who may be either a member of the faculty or staff). The student may also bring additional witnesses to testify. Parents (or other advocates) may not participate.
  4. Hearing Procedure. At the hearing the faculty member shall present evidence in support of the charge against the student. The student shall be given the opportunity to respond and, if they wish, to present evidence refuting the charge. After hearing the student, the faculty member may either dismiss the charge or find the student in violation. If the student is found in violation of this Code, the faculty member may impose a suitable grade penalty, including failure in the course, or additional coursework. If the student fails to attend the hearing without a compelling excuse, the hearing may proceed in their absence. The faculty member’s decision is final.
  5. If the faculty member finds the student in violation of this Code, the faculty member will refer the matter to the director of Summer College for a Summer College Judicial Meeting. (See section X, below.)

C. Summer College Judicial Meeting

  1. Upon referral of the alleged violation to the director of Summer College, the director of Summer College, or their designee, shall schedule a judicial meeting to be held as soon as possible, normally within 48 hours of referral.
  2. Composition of Meeting. At the meeting the following shall be present: the director or designee, the student, and a third party independent witness (who may be either a member of the faculty or staff). Parents (or other advocates) may not participate.
  3. Meeting Procedure. At the meeting the director or designee shall present the faculty member’s final decision. The student shall be given the opportunity to respond. After hearing the student, the director may choose to impose a sanction (see number 4 below) in addition to the grade penalty or additional course work already imposed by the faculty member, or decline to impose a sanction. The director will render their decision in writing the day of the hearing.
  4. Sanctions. Sanctions may include but are not limited to a written warning, an educational assignment (which may include a paper, a letter of apology, or community service), probation, or dismissal from Summer College. Students who are dismissed from Summer College will be withdrawn from their courses and will not be entitled to a refund.
  5. Appeals. The student may appeal the director’s decision to the associate dean, School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. The student has 24 hours from receipt of the director’s written decision to request an appeal meeting with the associate dean. The student must submit their request in a letter that cites issues motivating their appeal. The associate dean will notify the student of his final decision on the appeal as soon as possible, normally within 6 hours.

D. Parental Notification

  1. The Summer College associate director or director will contact the parents prior to a judicial hearing consistent with the University’s Student Record Privacy Statement: Annual Notification Under FERPA.
  2. Parents will be notified if the judicial hearing results in a dismissal. A student who is dismissed from Summer College will be required to leave campus within 24-hours of parental notification. Students dismissed from the Summer College program are also barred from returning to North Campus for the duration of the Summer College program.

Certification

  • I have read the 2018 Summer College House Rules, and I agree to support them, abide by them and encourage the spirit in which they have been written.
  • I have read the 2018 Summer College Academic Code of Conduct, and I agree to support it, abide by it and encourage the spirit in which it has been written.
  • I understand that failure to agree to abide by the above-referenced policies will bar me from registering in the program.