Academic Integrity

Integrity is paramount for practicing civil engineers. Civil engineers are responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of our built environment, including public works such as roads, bridges, tunnels, railways, airports, drinking water and sewerage systems. Since we want our students to succeed in their chosen careers, protect public health and safety, and bring honor to the profession and their alma mater, we demand that our students maintain academic integrity at all times.

Although CUNY requires all students to have academic integrity, it is our hope that our students choose to have integrity because it is fundamental to all professional engineering codes of conduct.

Civil engineering students are held to the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy, which states that academic sanctions for academic integrity violations are recommended by the instructor, as well as to the CE Department Academic Integrity Policy detailed below. 



By declaring your major to be civil engineering, you are agreeing to the terms of this policy.

Students who have violated any aspect of this policy will not be permitted to be a member of Chi Epsilon or to hold a leadership position in a student club or in student government.

Violation of any aspect of this policy on an assignment will result in a zero on the assignment, and a failing grade in the course if done more than once.

Violation of any aspect of this policy on a quiz or test will result in a failing grade in the course.

Violation of any aspect of this policy in more than one course may result in dismissal from the CE Program and potential disciplinary action by the college.

Homework, Report and Project Policy

  • Unless otherwise stated by your instructor, students must use credible sources in their reports and project and cite them following the ASCE format. 
  • Students may not plagiarize from any source including the current or past work of other students or the internet. 
  • Students may not get answers from third party internet sources. 

Examples of violations of this policy include submitting assignments that they did not prepare themselves.

Quiz and Exam Policy

  • Instructors reserve the right to set rules for exams as they feel necessary.
  • Instructors may use communication device detection equipment as they feel necessary. 
  • Any items not permitted during a quiz or exam must be secured in the student’s bag and placed at the front of the classroom well out of the reach of any students. This includes cell phones and any other communication devices.
  • Students must comply with any seat assignments or seat rearrangements by faculty. 
  • Students may only use the Texas Instruments 30XIIS calculator during quizzes and exams. This calculator is approved by NCEES and so can be used during the licensing exams. 
  • Students may not converse with each other during an exam or quiz. 
  • Students will not be permitted to leave the classroom during an exam or quiz. Students with medical conditions that require access to a bathroom and who provide documentation from their physician will be given permission to leave the classroom during an exam or quiz provided that they make their needs known at least two business days in advance. 
  • When the instructor calls time, all students must place their pens down and turn their exam face down. Your instructor may ask you to immediately leave the room or to immediately submit your exam. 
  • Students who are suspected of cheating on a quiz or exam will be required to take a new test within 3 days or accept a zero on the test. 

Examples of violations of this policy include being caught with an unapproved calculator, cell phone or other communication device on or in the vicinity of your person, even if it is out of sight or in your pocket.