Cornell Tech strongly values its culture of courtesy both inside and outside the classroom. We expect all students to adhere to classroom norms and policies with special attention given to them when there are guest speakers on campus. We believe attendance is important, and students, faculty, and staff should be punctual to everything they attend. We hope that all students will stay motivated to learn, help each other, and speak up when they know someone is not adhering to these values.

Please remember that all members of the Cornell Tech community must adhere to all Cornell University policies including:

Academic Integrity


Standards of Professional Conduct

Campus Code of Conduct

Student Bill of Rights

Alcohol Policy

Academic Integrity

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

Notes on submitted work that is derived from existing work

Submitted work that is derived from existing work must satisfy three constraints:

  • the course policy must explicitly permit using existing work
  • the original source of the work must be acknowledged (cited, etc.)
  • permission must be obtained to use the work in the way it used. See examples below:
    1. the work has been placed in the public domain
    2. the author of the work was contacted and s/he provided the necessary permission

Please be advised that software is used to examine all submissions.


Students are expected to be present throughout each semester at all meetings of classes for which they are enrolled. The right to excuse a student from class rests at all times with the instructor of that class.

In accordance with Section 224-a of the New York State Education Law, any student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs must be given an equivalent opportunity to enroll in classes or make up any examinations, study, or work requirements that he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. In order to facilitate preparation of makeup exams, students intending to be absent in order to observe religious holidays are requested to notify the instructor by the end of the first full week of classes.

Standards of Professional Conduct


The premise of Cornell Tech is to integrate the study and pursuit of technology, business, law and design in service of economic impact and societal good. Critical to that premise is fostering a community of professional, ethical, inclusive and integrity-driven developers, leaders and advisers for the tech ecosystem. Accordingly, we expect all members of the Cornell Tech community to adopt the highest standards of ethics, academic integrity, and professional conduct, and to abide by the core values and principles needed to make the community thrive:

  • Integrity: Be agents for improvement, with integrity and respect.
  • Teamwork: Embrace focused, diverse teams for better outcomes.
  • Community: Think about how you can help another. Individual success requires community success.
  • Build the Future: Create a better world with digital technology, by focusing on things that matter to people.
  • Mutual Respect & Humility: Assume the best intentions of others. Strive to learn, understand and educate. Grow from feedback and honest self-reflection.
  • Engage Positively: Represent yourself and the institution professionally in NYC and beyond.


All Cornell University students, including Cornell Tech students, must abide by all University policies, including the following three Cornell University policies:

Each of these codes has its own procedures and reporting policies. The Cornell Tech Standards of Professional Conduct below supplement the Cornell Codes by providing specific guidance relevant to the Cornell Tech campus.


The learning environment at Cornell Tech uniquely integrates the student experience with academic scholars, industry practitioners, and public interest leaders to prepare students to apply their studies in practice. Students engage with each other and with the Cornell Tech Community daily to deepen their studies, build the future, and accomplish their individual and team goals. In this environment, professional conduct – that is, honesty, integrity and mutual respect among classmates, faculty, lecturers, staff, guests, and the community at large – is of paramount importance to Cornell Tech’s educational mission and the academic and professional success of our students.

Every single interaction matters. Adhering to these Standards helps build not only your own reputation, but the reputation of the institution, your classmates, and our current and future alumni. In other words, demonstrating integrity and responsible conduct today encourages others around you to do so and lets the world outside Cornell Tech know what they can expect from our students and graduates.

Accordingly, all students are expected to create a positive and inclusive living, learning, and working environment, to act as responsible citizens of the campus community, and to treat other members of the community with fairness, dignity, and respect, regardless of actual or perceived differences, including but not limited to gender, orientation, culture, religion, education or viewpoint. The Cornell Tech Community includes all of our students, faculty, staff, instructors, visitors and guests.

Professional conduct is expected and required at the Roosevelt Island campus, and at any location where Cornell Tech students are convened for official functions (e.g., recruiting event, social event) or are working on academic-related activities (e.g., field research, networking events, off-campus coursework).

While it is impossible to list all possible violations of these Standards, examples of what would be typically considered violations are outlined below, along with expectations for balancing academic and career demands.

Communications and General Campus Interactions (in or out of class, in person or using Cornell communications channels):

  • Defamation, libel, foul language and/or threatening or disruptive conduct.
  • Disparaging a community member’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nation, or sexual orientation.
  • Invasion of privacy or destruction of property that is not one’s own.
  • Intentional physical intimidation, whether or not it rises to the level of harassment.
  • Abusive, or personally disparaging critique or communications.
  • Persistent or flagrant disregard of messages from faculty, staff, administration, project team, or corporate contacts sent through established communication channels.
  • Distributing or otherwise sharing confidential information (e.g., other students’ grades).
  • Repeated inappropriate use of Cornell communications channels.

Class and Event Conduct:

  • Persistent or flagrant non-compliance with classroom policies, including but not limited to attendance.
  • Interference with the learning process of others including but not limited to:
    • Inappropriate device use, as set by each instructor/host.
    • Arriving late to/leaving early from class or events (e.g., arriving late or leaving early on a continuous basis, disrupting the class/event when entering/leaving).
    • Failing to meet course-related commitments, including arriving late, unprepared, or failing to attend course-related events.
    • Stealing intellectual property (e.g., photocopying, scanning, or otherwise unlawfully obtaining course packets or course textbooks).
    • Inappropriate behavior when a guest speaker is present (e.g., failure to attend class/event without an excused absence, inappropriate apparel, disruptive conduct or device use).


  • Misrepresentation of background (e.g., credentials and work experience on resume).
  • Signing up for, but not attending, corporate events or interviews.
  • Arriving late or unprepared for corporate events or interviews.
  • Failure to decline a job offer when a student knows it will not be accepted.
  • Reneging on accepted job offers.


Students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Cornell Tech Community who have concerns about a student’s violation of these Standards may choose to first raise a concern directly with the student and may also seek guidance from the appropriate senior administrator, including but not limited to the Associate Deans, the Assistant Dean of Graduate Education, the Senior Director of Career Management, and the Assistant Director of Safety and Security. If community members wish not to raise a concern directly, individuals may report concerns to Student & Academic Affairs by contacting

If the issue cannot be resolved with direct or facilitated discussion or other educational interventions, reports of violations of these Standards may be referred by Student & Academic Affairs to the Cornell Tech Hearing Board.  The Hearing Board will follow the process outlined by the Cornell Code of Academic Integrity, including recommending action as outlined in that Code. Conduct reported as above may also be referred for investigation and adjudication under the Cornell University Student Code of Conduct, Cornell University Policy 6.4, or other applicable university policies.

Campus Code of Conduct

The standards of conduct articulated in Cornell University’s Campus Code of Conduct reflect the principles of the entire Cornell community. The Student Code of Conduct Procedures may be found here. The checks and balances in the disciplinary system ensure Code enforcement remains true to these principles. Additionally, the Code relies on Cornell University Policy 6.4, Prohibited Discrimination, Protected-Status Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault and Violence  to provide the procedures to resolve sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations, which also has checks and balances consistent with the Code’s principles. It is up to each individual community member to understand the principles to ensure that our shared living-learning environment meets our community standards.

Additional information can be found on Cornell’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards page.

Alcohol Policy

Cornell University will assist members of the university community in understanding the risks associated with consuming alcohol, and the need to prevent the harm that results from its misuse and abuse. The university permits the purchase and use of alcoholic beverages under certain conditions, but expects individuals to take specific measures to help prevent alcohol abuse in its community. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use, and/or sale of controlled substances or other illegal drugs is prohibited.

University Policy 4.8, Alcohol and Other Drugs

For more information, visit:

Cornell Tech Alcohol On Campus Policy