Graduate School of Management

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Code of Conduct

Academic Integrity & Code of Conduct
The Graduate School of Management at Clark University maintains standards of academic conduct that have preserved integrity and excellence in institutions of higher learning over the centuries. All GSOM students are expected adhere to all parts of Clark University's Graduate School Code of Conduct. Under these standards of conduct, all work submitted to fulfill course requirements is presumed to be the student's own, unless credit is given for the work of others in a manner prescribed by the course instructor. Cheating, plagiarizing, and falsifying data constitute violations of the Code of Conduct, as does submitting the same paper in different courses without prior approval of the instructor to do so. It is the student's responsibility to consult the faculty when in doubt whether a particular act constitutes academic misconduct.

Graduate Judicial procedures will be used to hear cases of misconduct alleged by faculty members or students. The following policy is excerpted from the Clark University Graduate School Code of Conduct [PDF].

Several violations of academic integrity are outlined below. If you have questions concerning academic integrity, contact the professor teaching a course and/or your academic advisor.

  1. Cheating has three principal forms:
    • Unauthorized use of notes, text, or other aids during an examination or in performance of course assignments.
    • Copying the work of another.
    • Handing in the same paper for more than one course unless the faculty members involved gives their explicit permission to do so.
  2. Plagiarism refers to the presentation of someone else's work as one's own, without proper citation of references and sources, whether or not the work has been previously published.  Submitting work obtained from a professional term paper writer or company is plagiarism. Claims of ignorance about the rules of attribution, or of unintentional error are not a defense against a finding of plagiarism.

  3. Unauthorized collaboration refers to work that students submit as their own that was arrived at through a process of collaboration without the approval of the professor.  Since standards on appropriate or inappropriate collaboration may vary widely among individual faculty, students should make certain they understand a professor's expectations before collaborating on any class work.

  4. Alteration or fabrication of data includes the submission or changing of data obtained by someone else or not actually obtained in the performance of an experiment or study, except where allowed by the professor. It also includes the changing of data obtained in the performance of one's research.

  5. Participating in or facilitating dishonest activities includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Stealing examinations
    2. Forging grade reports or grade change forms, or altering academic records
    3. Sabotaging the work of another student
    4. Selling, lending, or otherwise distributing materials for the purpose of cheating
    5. Forging or altering senior clearance forms
    6. Forging letters of recommendation
    7. Forging signatures on any official university document

When a student is found responsible for violating the Code of Conduct, sanctions will be imposed. Sanctions for a first offense may include but are not limited to one or a combination of the following responses:

    1. Letter of warning
    2. Grade of zero for the particular assignment
    3. Grade of F (failure) for the course
    4. Academic Probation
    5. Notation of sanction on the student's academic record
    6. Suspension from the University
    7. Expulsion from the University

If a student is found responsible for a second offense, harsher sanctions will be imposed. These include one or a combination of the following:

  1. Grade of F (failure) for the course
  2. Suspension from the University
  3. Expulsion from the University