Brown strives to maintain an open learning environment based on individual expression and the free exchange of ideas. Academic integrity protects and promotes this goal.
Education is by its nature a cooperative enterprise. Rules regarding citation of sources and collaborating with others on coursework are designed to acknowledge the interconnected nature of learning. At the same time, these rules form an ethical foundation for academic inquiry across the University.
Students' rights and responsibilities as they relate to academic and personal integrity are detailed in Brown's Academic and Student Conduct Codes, which all students are required to read before they begin their studies at Brown.
Suspected cases of academic dishonesty are heard by a faculty committee, which determines whether a violation of the code has occurred and issues any penalties. Given the importance of academic integrity to the University, Brown notifies parents of students who have been found in violation of the academic code.