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Policy Information

Clark GSOM issues an updated Academic Policies Manual each year. Current students are expected to follow the policies and rules that govern the students, faculty and staff at the Graduate School of Management. Please refer to this manual for information on academic integrity, health insurance, program and graduation requirements, career services, the grading system and more. All GSOM students are expected to follow the Clark Graduate Student Code of Conduct [PDF] as well.

Student 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.

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:
    1. Unauthorized use of notes, text, or other aids during an examination or in performance of course assignments
    2. Copying the work of another
    3. 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 accused of violating the Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct Policy described above, the following process will be followed:


Administrative Disposition

1. Complaints will be addressed in the first instance by the Dean of the Graduate School of Management or a designee.

2. The Dean or designee will determine if judicial action is warranted based on information provided by the complainant.

3. If judicial action is warranted following that review, the Dean or designee will consult with the respondent in a Pre-Hearing interview to hear the incident from their perspective.

4. If sufficient information exists to proceed with judicial action, the Dean or designee will inform the respondent at the Pre-Hearing interview and will determine whether the student wishes to accept responsibility for the alleged violation. "Sufficient information" will be found to exist where the allegations of the complaint, if true, would constitute a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

5. If the respondent accepts responsibility for the alleged violation, the Dean or designee will conduct an Administrative Disposition at which time the student will be asked to complete the "Acceptance/Non-Acceptance Form for an Alleged Violation of the Code of Student Conduct" (see Appendix A) by checking "I accept full responsibility for the complaint listed above. I understand that I will have an Administrative Disposition, as a continuation of this meeting, during which a sanction will be discussed. I will accept this sanction without appeal." An Administrative Disposition will be held within five business days of the student's notification of the infraction by the Dean or designee.

6. There is no appeal of an Administrative Disposition decision.

Judicial Board Procedure

A case will be forwarded to the Graduate Judicial Board under these circumstances:

1. If, after following steps 1-3 above, and given sufficient information, the student does not accept responsibility for the alleged violation. In this instance, the student will be asked to complete the "Acceptance/Non-Acceptance Form for an Alleged Violation of the Code of Student Conduct" (see Appendix A) by checking "I contest the complaint listed above. I understand that the Graduate Judicial Board will hear my case."

2. This is not a first violation.

The case will be forwarded to the Graduate Judicial Board and the procedure outlined in the university's Graduate Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures will be followed.