Academic Honesty and Scholarly Misconduct

The University expects all students to cooperate in developing and maintaining high standards of scholarship and conduct. Graduate students come under rules and regulations outlined in the Grievances and Appeals section of the Bulletin.

Students are expected to meet academic requirements outlined in this Bulletin and financial obligations as specified in Financial and Residential Information in order to remain in good standing. Certain non-academic rules and regulations must also be observed. The University wishes to emphasize that all students are subject to the rules and regulations of the University currently in effect, or which, from time to time, are put into effect by appropriate authorities. Students, in accepting admission, indicate their willingness to subscribe to, and be governed by, these rules and regulations. They also acknowledge the right of the University to take such disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion, as may be deemed appropriate. University authorities will take action in accordance with due process.

Intellectual honesty is the cornerstone of all academic and scholarly work. Therefore, the University views any form of academic or scholarly dishonesty as a serious matter. Detailed procedures for hearings and other functions at the judiciary processes are available in the Grievances and Appeals section of the Bulletin.

Graduate students must strictly observe professional standards, academic honesty, and proper scholarly conduct in coursework, examinations, research, written reports and in proper professional treatment of laboratory animals, research subjects, clients, or patients encountered in the process of graduate education. While scholarly and academic misconduct can be hard to distinguish, a useful distinction is that misconduct for an article or a grant would be considered scholarly misconduct, while misconduct for a grade would be considered academic misconduct. Scholarly misconduct is defined as follows.

  • Fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing, carrying out, or reporting results of scholarly activities.
  • Retaliation of any kind against a person who reported or provided information about suspected or alleged misconduct and who has not acted in bad faith.
  • Scholarly misconduct does not include actions involving honest error or honest difference in interpretation or judgments of data.
  • If applicability of this definition to a given case is in question, then the Vice President for Research must be consulted to determine proper jurisdiction for review of the charges.

Allegations of scholarly and scientific misconduct in the context of research will be reviewed and considered in accordance with the University's Scholarly Misconduct Policy (available at the Office of the Vice President for Research).

Penalties for misconduct may vary according to the circumstances of each particular case. Penalties may range in severity from verbal warning to expulsion from the University with the reason recorded on the student's permanent transcript.