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Professional Standards

Section 5.9 of the Graduate School Handbook


Graduate students are required to observe professional ethical standards in their graduate studies and research. Graduate students should talk with their advisors and their Graduate Studies Committee chair if they have questions about the specific expectations of the local graduate program. The Graduate Student Code of Research and Scholarly Conduct (Appendix C) describes the Graduate School’s general expectations for ethics and conduct in graduate research and scholarship. University processes exist to address allegations of research misconduct by graduate students. Graduate students have the responsibility to be aware of and to follow these standards.


Research and Scholarly Misconduct. As a recipient of federal funding, the university is obligated to have an administrative process for reviewing, investigating, and reporting allegations of research misconduct. The University Policy and Procedures Concerning Research Misconduct is available from the Office of Research.
When a Committee of Inquiry, as defined in the University Policy and Procedures Concerning Research Misconduct, forwards allegations of research misconduct by a graduate student to the Graduate School, the Graduate School follows the “Graduate School Policy on the Investigation of Allegations of Research Misconduct by a Graduate Student” (Appendix C).


Academic Misconduct. The university’s Committee on Academic Misconduct is responsible for reviewing charges of academic misconduct against students, including graduate students. The Code of Student Conduct defines the expectations of students in the area of academic honesty. A copy of the code is available on the website of the university’s Office of Student Life.