Policies and Procedures

Statement on Academic Integrity

"Your degree should represent genuine learning."

The relationship between students and faculty is the keystone of the educational experience in The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. This relationship takes an honor code for granted. Mutual trust, respect and responsibility are foundational requirements. Thus, how you learn is as important as what you learn. A university education aims not only to produce high quality scholars, but to also cultivate honorable citizens.

Academic integrity is the guiding principle for all that you do; from taking exams, making oral presentations to writing term papers. It requires that you recognize and acknowledge information derived from others, and take credit only for ideas and work that are yours.

You violate the principle of academic integrity when you:

  • Cheat on an exam
  • Submit the same work for two different courses without prior permission from your professors
  • Receive help on a take-home examination that calls for independent work
  • Plagiarize

Plagiarism, one of the gravest forms of academic dishonesty in university life, whether intended or not, is academic fraud. In a community of scholars, whose members are teaching, learning and discovering knowledge, plagiarism cannot be tolerated.

Plagiarism is failure to properly assign authorship to a paper, a document, an oral presentation, a musical score and/or other materials, which are not your original work. You plagiarize when, without proper attribution, you do any of the following:

  • Copy verbatim from a book, an article or other media
  • Download documents from the Internet
  • Purchase documents
  • Report from other's oral work
  • Paraphrase or restate someone else's facts, analysis and/or conclusions
  • Copy directly from a classmate or allow a classmate to copy from you

Your professors are responsible for helping you to understand other people's ideas, to use resources and conscientiously acknowledge them, and to develop and clarify your own thinking. You should know what constitutes good and honest scholarship, style guide preferences, and formats for assignments for each of your courses. Consult your professors for help with problems related to fulfilling course assignments, including questions related to attribution of sources.

Through reading, writing, and discussion, you will undoubtedly acquire ideas from others, and exchange ideas and opinions with others, including your classmates and professors. You will be expected, and often required, to build your own work on that of other people. In so doing, you are expected to credit those sources that have contributed to the development of your ideas.

Avoiding Academic Dishonesty

  • Organize your time appropriately to avoid undue pressure, and acquire good study habits, including note taking.
  • Learn proper forms of citation. Always check with your professors of record for their preferred style guides. Directly copied material must always be in quotes; paraphrased material must be acknowledged; even ideas and organization derived from your own previous work or another's work need to be acknowledged.
  • Always proofread your finished work to be sure that quotation marks, footnotes and other references were not inadvertently omitted. Know the source of each citation.
  • Do not submit the same work for more than one class without first obtaining the permission of both professors even if you believe that work you have already completed satisfies the requirements of another assignment.
  • Save your notes and drafts of your papers as evidence of your original work.

Disciplinary Sanctions

When a professor suspects cheating, plagiarism, and/or other forms of academic dishonesty, appropriate disciplinary action may be taken following the department procedure or through referral to the Committee on Student Discipline.

Departmental Procedure

  • The professor will meet with the student to discuss, and present evidence for the particular violation, giving the student opportunity to refute or deny the charge(s).
  • If the Professor confirms the violation(s), he/she, in consultation with the Program Director and Department Chair may take any of the following actions:
    • Allow the student to redo the assignment
    • Lower the grade for the work in question
    • Assign a grade of F for the work in question
    • Assign a grade of F for the course
    • Recommend dismissal

Once an action(s) is taken, the professor will inform the program director and department chair, and inform the student in writing, instructing the student to schedule an appointment with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, as a final step. Copies of the letter will be sent to the department chair for his or her confidential student file and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. The student has the right to appeal the action taken in accordance with the School's Student Discipline Within the Steinhardt School as outlined in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development Student's Guide.

Referral to the Steinhardt Committee on Student Discipline

In cases when dismissal is recommended, and in cases of repeated violations and/or unusual circumstances, faculty may choose to refer the issue to the Committee on Student Discipline for resolution, which they may do through the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

The Steinhardt School Statement on Academic Integrity is consistent with the New York University Policy on Student Conduct, published in the NYU Student Guide.

 Download the Statement on Academic Integrity.