Student Honor Code

This Student Honor Code provides standards which are essential to ensure a student’s suitability to become a public health professional. By signing the Mailman School’s Student Honor Code, the student agrees to abide by its tenets. Violations of the Honor Code, even those that arise from lack of awareness or understanding, may lead to disciplinary action for the offending student.

As representatives of Columbia University, the Mailman School, and the public health profession, all commit to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct and make the following pledges:

  • I will maintain honesty and integrity in all aspects of my education.
  • I will not cheat, plagiarize, use unauthorized materials, misrepresent my work, falsify data, or assist others in committing these acts.
  • I will act respectfully during my interactions with staff, faculty, and peers.
  • I will commit myself to understanding and preserving professional ethics.
  • I will commit myself to understanding and adhering to the Mailman School's Guidelines on Professionalism.
  • I acknowledge that while in public, I represent the public health profession, Columbia University, and the Mailman School and will conduct myself responsibly.

By conducting oneself with honesty, integrity, fairness, and respect for others, a community capable of the free exchange of ideas and excellence in public health can be fostered. Behavior that deviates from these principles jeopardizes this achievement and, in some circumstances, community safety. As such, I understand it is my personal responsibility to confront and report such behavior via the reporting mechanisms described on the Mailman School’s website.

“On my honor, as a member of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, I will adhere to the Student Honor Code delineated above."