Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York. Penalties for academic dishonesty include academic sanctions, such as failing or otherwise reduced grades, and/or disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or expulsion from the College.

Some examples of academic dishonesty include Cheating (e.g., using notes during a closed book exam; changing graded exam and returning it for more credit, etc.), Plagiarism (e.g., using another person’s words without quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source;  internet cut & paste techniques without proper attribution, etc.), Obtaining Unfair Advantage (e.g., stealing, reproducing or circulating examination materials;  depriving other students of access to library materials, etc.), and Falsification of Records and Official Documents (e.g., forging signatures of authorization;  falsifying information on an official college document, etc.).

Under this policy all faculty members need to promptly report all incidents they consider to be academic dishonesty on the College’s Faculty Report Form and shall submit the Form to the College’s Academic Integrity Officer.  A faculty member who suspects that a student has committed a violation of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy shall review with the student the facts and circumstances of the suspected violation whenever possible prior to making a determination triggering submission of a Faculty Report Form.  Per the York College Academic Integrity Policy, if the student agrees to the allegations/proposed sanctions by signing the form, the Academic Integrity Officer will file the form and notify the student that a copy has also been sent to the Dean of Student Development.  If the student does not agree to the allegations/proposed sanctions, there will be a follow-up investigation and proceedings before the College Academic Integrity Committee, during which the student will have an opportunity to be heard, the right to present witnesses on his/her behalf, and the right to question the faculty member accusing him or her of academic dishonesty. 

The College’s Academic Integrity Officer is Professor Cynthia R. Haller (AC-2A16B).  She can be reached at or at 718-262-2468.