Student Code & Policies on Professional Behavior

Student Code

Policies on Professional Behavior

The University-wide procedures for addressing particular instances of unethical conduct in research and publication are stated in the Policy & Procedures on Academic Integrity in Research And Publication.

Under this policy, all members of the University community are expected to observe high standards of academic integrity and ethical behavior in research and publication. Any practice or conduct by a member of the University community that seriously deviates from those ethical standards for proposing, conducting, and publishing research that are commonly accepted within the professional community constitutes academic misconduct in violation of University policy.

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Fabrication or falsification of data, including intentionally misleading, selective, or deliberately false reporting of credentials or other academically related information;
  2. Unacknowledged appropriation of the work of others, including plagiarism, the abuse of confidentiality with respect to unpublished materials, or misappropriation of physical materials;
  3. Evasion of or intentional failure after notice by the University or federal, state, or another appropriate agency to comply with research regulations or requirements, including but not limited to those applying to human subjects, laboratory animals, new drugs, radioactive materials, genetically altered organisms, and to safety; and
  4. Other conduct which seriously deviates from accepted ethical standards in scholarship.

Differences of interpretation or judgment or honest error do not constitute academic misconduct.

A student or faculty member who believes that academic misconduct has occurred has several options for pursuing the matter informally. Most such problems can and should be resolved without resort to formal procedures, through consultation with an adviser, department or unit head, or the campus Research Standards Officer, Howard Guenther, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

The official campus statement on "Responsible Professional Conduct: Guidelines for Teaching, Research, and Service" is printed in the Academic Staff Handbook (Currently Unavailable). It is also printed in the Graduate College Handbook for Students, Faculty and Staff.