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GRADUATE STUDENT CODE OF ETHICS
The University of Toledo Health Science Campus (UTHSC) graduate students are expected to maintain the ethical and moral values consistent with professional behavior. It is implicit in the purpose of the University that high standards of professional and academic honesty and integrity govern a student’s behavior throughout the years of her/his education. Further, students are obligated to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other persons at all times acting to protect the well-being of others.
Consistent with the UTHSC Standards of Conduct (Policy 01-027) and reference to “Responsible Conduct of Research” (03-012) and “Academic and Scientific Misconduct” (02-063), behavior that is considered in violation of ethical standards includes participation in any of the following activities:
- Plagiarism, defined as presenting the work of another as one’s own.
Examples of Plagiarism
- Copying of passages, either verbatim or nearly verbatim, with no direct acknowledgment of the source.
- Making a few superficial changes in the text instead of quoting a passage directly and including appropriate citation of source(s).
- Paraphrasing a quotation from another source.
- Submitting the same written work to meet the requirements for more than one course without prior approval.
- Participating in plagiarism by providing another with written work with the knowledge that the work will be plagiarized.
- All other forms of dishonesty, such as cheating; falsification and fabrication of data; violating copyrights; knowingly furnishing false information to the University; forgery; and altering or misusing University documents, records, or instruments of identification.
- Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other University activities, including its public service functions on University owned or controlled property.
- Alcohol and/or chemical substance abuse.
- Disregard for the rights, privileges, and property of others, including but limited to: sexual harassment, verbal abuse/harassment/use of threatening language, physical abuse or threat of such abuse, animal abuse, intention or reckless damage to property; and criminal conduct of any kind.
- Theft or intentional or reckless damage of University property or of property belonging to a member of the University community or campus visitor.
- Unauthorized entry into, or use of, University facilities.
- Violation of University policies and regulations.
- Disorderly or obscene conduct or expression on University owned or controlled property.
- Failure to comply with directions of University officials or police and any other law enforcement officer acting in the performance of their duties.
- Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of firearms, explosives, and other weapons or chemicals on University property.
Procedures for Handling Allegations of Misconduct (top of page)
All alleged violations of the standards of conduct (including those affecting academic evaluation), action taken, and recommendations for further action shall be reported immediately to the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Health Science Campus. In cases where the alleged violation occurred in courses taught within the College of Nursing, the College of Health Science and Human Service, the College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy, notification also includes the Dean of the respective college.
The Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Health Science Campus shall notify the student, the student’s advisor, and the Dean of the College of Health Science and Human Service, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and/or College of Pharmacy (if applicable) in writing of her/his assessment of the alleged violation to include the following:
- The allegation, including the specific grounds and nature of the evidence.
- Disciplinary sanction, if imposed.
- The student’s right to appeal the sanction, if imposed.
- The sanction begins immediately upon notification unless appealed by the student. If appealed, the assessment will be withheld until the completion of the appeal process.
Disciplinary Sanctions (top of page)
Incases where misconduct affects academic evaluation, the faculty member may choose to counsel the student(s) and/or withhold credit for the work in question and/or to give a grade of F for the work in question and/or give a grade of F for the course.
Inall cases of misconduct, the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Health Science Campus, at her/his discretion, may consult with the student and members of the academic community, and/or may appoint an ad hoc committee composed of at least three members of the graduate faculty and one graduate student to advise him/her before making a decision regarding the imposition of a sanction.
Disciplinary sanctions may include the following, as deemed appropriate: disciplinary probation for a specified period of time, suspension for a specified period of time, dismissal, or expulsion. Additionally, restitution may be required in cases of damage or theft.
These guidelines do not exempt students from possible criminal charges.
Appeal Process (top of page)
- The student must notify the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Health Science Campus of her/his intent to appeal no later than 10 business days following the receipt of the sanction. The appeal must be made in writing no later than 10 business days after filing the intent to appeal.
- The Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Health Science Campus shall appoint an ad hoc committee composed of at least three members of the graduate faculty and one graduate student. This committee will review all evidence brought forward regarding the allegation(s) and schedule a hearing with the student. The date set for the hearing will be no later than 10 business days after the Senior Associate Dean has received the appeal.
- At the hearing, the student will be given a fair opportunity to present her/his position, explanations, and evidence. The student is permitted to have a UTHSC student, UTHSC faculty member, or a UTHSC professional staff member attend the hearing to speak on behalf of the student.
- The committee will send a written summary of the hearing with its recommendations to the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Health Science Campus no later than 10 business days after the hearing.
- The Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Health Science Campus will notify the student in writing of the committee’s recommendations, her/his decision regarding sanctions, and the student’s right to further appeal no later than 10 business days after the hearing.
- If the student wishes to appeal the decision of the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Health Science Campus, s/he must notify the Council of Deans of her/his intent to appeal no later than 10 business days following the receipt of the sanctions.
- The appeal must be made in writing no later than 10 business days after filing the intent to appeal.
- Amember of the Council of Deans (other than the Senior Associate Graduate Dean) will be appointed to handle the appeal. The designated Dean may elect to interview the student.
- The designated Dean will notify the student in writing of his/her decision within 10 business days. The decision of the designated Dean shall be final.
A notation that a specific sanction has been imposed may be made a part of the student’s permanent record.
Extraordinary Situations (top of page)
Ifviolation of proper conduct is reported to the College of Graduate Studies from extramural sources or from intramural sources in extraordinary situations, the Senior Associate Dean of the College, at his/her discretion, may impanel ad hoc committees to investigate and hear the case. Recommendations of a hearing committee may be appealed to the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Health Science Campus. The conditions of appropriate notification of the student, the ability of the student to present information, and availability of a student or faculty advisor must be met for the hearing processes.