Program Policies

Official Transcripts

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an official transcript from Columbia University. Students can request copies of their transcripts online or by mail.

Academic Integrity

Columbia University takes matters of intellectual integrity very seriously. Plagiarism is not tolerated. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, submitting work done by another person or purchased from any source; failure to document ideas found in sources, whether print or electronic, with appropriate notes and bibliographical references; failure to enclose borrowed phrases or sentences within quotation marks; and turning in the same assignment for two courses without advance permission from both instructors.

Plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional, will result in dismissal from the program. Students who are unsure about the proper presentation of their work should consult their course instructor.

Behavioral Standards

The Behavioral Standards are designed to ensure the safety and well-being of the students and the integrity of the University. They are strictly enforced and failure to abide by them results in dismissal from the program, normally on the first offense.

The determination as to whether a student has violated the Behavioral Standards is made by program staff, instructors, and administrators.

Protection of Minors at Columbia

Columbia University is committed to promoting a safe environment for minors who participate in our programs and activities. We have taken a number of important steps to establish safeguards for your child:

  • We have revised our policy on Reporting Suspected Abuse and Maltreatment of Minors.
  • We have established clear requirements for reporting abuse and maltreatment.
  • We have widely disseminated a flyer reminding employees and volunteers how to make a report.
  • We have developed a website that contains valuable information on the protection of minors at Columbia.
  • We are educating members of the University community about the signs of abuse and maltreatment and how to make a report.
  • We are requiring certain categories of adults who participate in programs or activities involving minors to clear criminal background checks and other screening requirements.

You can read the University’s policy and access other helpful resources at: http://compliance.columbia.edu/minors.html.

Discrimination, Harassment or Gender-Based Misconduct

Columbia University is committed to fostering an environment that is free from gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault and all other forms of gender-based misconduct. The University recognizes its responsibility to increase awareness of such misconduct, prevent its occurrence, diligently investigate reports of misconduct, support students and others who experience gender-based misconduct, and respond fairly and firmly when students violate University policy. The University is also committed to supporting students accused of gender-based misconduct who go through the disciplinary process. In addressing issues of gender-based misconduct, all members of the University must respect and care for one another in a manner consistent with our deeply held academic and community values.

You can read the Program’s Discrimination, Harassment or Gender-Based Misconduct policy here.