WHEREAS honesty and integrity are values that should be instilled in students for lifeand accordingly must be a central part of their Columbia education;LET IT BE RESOLVED that an honor pledge be established for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of General Studies, Columbia College, andBarnard College such that:1.
The text of the pledge reads: “We, the undergraduate students of ColumbiaUniversity, hereby pledge to value the integrity of our ideas and the ideas of others through honestly presenting our work, respecting authorship, and strivingnot simply for answers but for understanding in the pursuit of our commonscholastic goals. In this way, we seek to foster an academic community governed by our collective efforts, diligence, and Code of Honor.”2.
The pledge be recited during convocation and an inter-school event during theNew Student Orientation Program by all undergraduates in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of General Studies, ColumbiaCollege, and Barnard College, exempting students who have a religious orphilosophical objection.3.
The pledge be discussed among new students, including transfer students, andcurrent students in order to collectively discuss and pass on the pledge’s meaningand importance. These discussions should occur as a part of the New StudentOrientation Program or mandatory programming in the first four weeks of thefall semester.4.
All new students, including transfer students and exempting those who have areligious or philosophical objection, should sign off on the pledge following thesediscussions in a series of books that will be stored and made publically availablein the offices of the deans of academic affairs.5.
Those students who do not pledge because of religious or philosophicalobjections will face no punitive action for choosing to abstain from the pledge.LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that an honor code be established for the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of General Studies, and Columbia Collegesuch that:1.
The code reads: “I affirm that I will not plagiarize, use unauthorized materials, orgive or receive illegitimate help on assignments, papers, and examinations. I willalso uphold equity and honesty in the evaluation of my work and the work of others. I do so to sustain a community built around this Code of Honor.”2.
The system of rules embodied by the code consist of “The Columbia University Undergraduate Guide to Academic Integrity,” most principally the sectionentitled “Dishonesty in Academic Work.”