Academic Misconduct


What constitutes academic misconduct?

  • Intentionally misrepresenting your work or the work of others
  • Falsifying or fabricating data or citations
  • Forging academic documents
  • Abusing confidentiality
  • Retaliating against those who report alleged or suspected misconduct

In Depth

Academic misconduct harms individual and institutional reputations and can threaten the public’s perception of the soundness and integrity of all scientific and scholarly activities.

All members of the Cornell community are expected to conduct their research, scholarship, teaching, and other professional responsibilities and relationships with the highest standard of integrity.

Academic misconduct includes intentional misrepresentation of the work of self or others, falsifying or fabricating data or citations, forging academic documents, and abusing confidentiality as well as retaliation against those who report alleged or suspected misconduct.


  • Cornell will investigate any alleged academic misconduct.
  • All members of the Cornell community are responsible for reporting suspected academic misconduct. The initial report of such an allegation, whether on the part of a faculty member, a member of the staff, a student, or any other person with a university appointment, should be made to the Dean of Faculty.

The procedures and policies describing Cornell academic misconduct policy are available on the policy webpage. After the Dean of Faculty receives an allegation report, the dean will launch an inquiry. If the inquiry indicates further investigation is warranted, the dean of the college or the head of the appropriate administrative unit in which the subject is appointed will conduct an investigation into the allegation.


Academic Misconduct Policy
Academic Integrity


Graduate School Dean’s Office