Columbia Business School Honor Code

As a lifelong member of the Columbia Business School community, I adhere to the principles of truth, integrity, and respect. I will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.

Developed by a joint group of students, faculty members, and administrators, the Columbia Business School Honor Code is designed to ensure a fair experience for all MBA students.

All students are subject to the Honor Code for their academic work. Failure to comply with the Honor Code may result in Dean’s discipline.

Examples of Academic Misconduct

The following non-exhaustive list illustrates the different forms that academic fraud or misconduct can take: 

  • Cheating on examinations or tests; also the fabrication of data and/or fabrication of results. 
  • Plagiarism — the failure to adequately acknowledge others' ideas, language, or research in papers, essays, dissertations or other work. This could include failure to indicate prior use of one's own work (for example, using one's own original work for multiple submissions without acknowledgment). 
  • Knowingly assisting others in plagiarism by making one’s papers, essays, or written work available for such use. 
  • Misstatement or misrepresentation in connection with any academic matter, such as in an application for admission or financial aid, or during a formal inquiry by University officials. 
  • Misuse, alteration, or fabrication of University documents, records, and credentials, including transcripts and ID cards. 
  • Improper use of the library and its resources: theft or purposely hoarding or hiding books or materials. 
  • Misconduct in carrying out teaching or research responsibilities 


Any Columbia Business School community member may report a breach of the honor code or academic misconduct. OSA and Student Conduct and Community Standard adjudicate concerns regarding academic misconduct through the Dean's Discipline Process.