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Academic Honesty & Professional Ethics

Academic honesty is essential to the intellectual life of the university. Students who use or attempt to use as their own the answers, words, ideas or research findings of another person are guilty of academic dishonesty. In addition to such acts of cheating or plagiarism, any unauthorized possession of examinations, hiding of source materials or tampering with grade records are acts of academic dishonesty specifically forbidden by university rules.

Reporting dishonesty

According to the MU Faculty Handbook, faculty are required to report to their academic program chair and the provost’s office all acts of academic dishonesty committed by graduate and undergraduate students. In all such cases, the faculty member should discuss the matter with the student and then make an academic judgment about the student's grade on the work affected by the dishonesty and, where appropriate, the grade for the affected course. The decision as to whether disciplinary proceedings are instituted is made by the provost. Because of the importance of honesty to academic and professional life, acts of dishonesty by graduate students may result in suspension or dismissal from the university.

Codes of ethics in your field

Graduate students also should be aware that most professional associations have codes of ethics. These codes vary considerably across fields, but tend to provide guidelines for a broad array of professional responsibilities, including teaching, research and working with clients. Violations of a code of ethics can lead to negative sanctions by one's professional colleagues and the expulsion from the professional associations in one's field. Graduate students are encouraged to obtain copies of codes of ethics for their chosen profession from the director of graduate studies in their department or program.