Handling an Honor Issue

In order to adhere to the notions of truth, integrity, and respect that we as community members swore to uphold, it is your responsibility to not only avoid violating the honor code yourself, but also address suspected violations committed by your peers. It is natural to feel uncomfortable when addressing an issue regarding another person's integrity. It is important to remember that you are a member of the Columbia Business School community and that the community's reputation is only as good as that of its members.

What do I do if I suspect someone of breaking the honor code?

Reflect upon the situation.

  • Before reporting an honor code infraction, take some time to think about the circumstances you witnessed and/or heard. Consider asking clarifying questions of the student in question to clear up any ambiguity regarding what you witnessed and/or heard.

Conflicted? That's normal! Reach out to a trusted source.

  • Turn to your cluster's VP of Citizenship if guidance is needed regarding the potential infraction, and what steps you should be taking to uphold the Honor Code at CBS.
  • If, after reflection, you are confident in the need to report an infraction, please email [email protected]. Unless the infraction rises to that which mandated reporters are required to share with the University's Student Conduct and Community Standards office, your submission will remain confidential and you have the option to remain anonymous should disciplinary proceedings be required.
  • For action to take place, your submission must include the following: your name and valid GSB email address, a thorough account of the incident in question, and the name of the student in question.
  • Formally disclosing a charge of a violation will initiate disciplinary proceedings, which may result in an Informal Resolution with a professor or a Formal Resolution that includes a hearing conducted by the Standing Committees on Discipline.
  • Hearing panels are populated by members from two committees: Faculty Standing Committee for Discipline and the Student Standing Committee for Discipline (comprised of VPs of Citizenship). The process is administered by the Assistant Dean & Dean of Students (MBA or EMBA).

What comes next?

  • To maintain privacy and confidentiality, the reporter will not receive notice of informal or formal proceedings, nor will they be apprised of any resulting disciplinary measures.

    What do I do if I have been charged with an infraction?

    • A student accused of academic dishonesty or misconduct will receive written notice of the complaint and will be asked to meet with the Director of Academics (MBA) or the Assistant Dean & Dean of Students (EMBA), depending on which program the student is enrolled. The Director/Assistant Dean & Dean of Students will advise the student alleged to have committed academic dishonesty or misconduct of his or her rights, the requirements of confidentiality, and the procedures for the disciplinary proceedings, if necessary, which will take place no sooner than two weeks after the initial meeting.
    • Confidentiality is of utmost importance in the disciplinary process, and the University strives to maintain absolute discretion in any proceedings related to the Honor Code and integrity.
    • The Ombuds Office also provides impartial, confidential consultation on any University matter. The Ombuds Office advocates for fair process, considering the rights and interests of all parties. Use of the Ombuds Office is not, however, a substitute for the procedures outlined above. Visit its Web site at: www.columbia.edu/cu/ombuds.