Policies: Conduct & Academic Integrity

Policies and Procedures for the TDI Academic Honor Principle and Code of Conduct

The Dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies has established standards of behavior that form the Graduate Honor Principle and Conduct Code and are listed below. TDI’s MPH, MS, and PhD programs follow these same high standards of behavior. Questions from TDI students concerning the Honor Principle and Conduct Code should be addressed first to the Director of Student Learning in the Office of Educational Programs at TDI and then to the Dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

Academic Honor Principle

The life and work of a graduate student are based upon a high standard of ethical behavior. Both in and outside the classroom the student is expected to embody the principles of honor and responsible behavior.

Fundamental to the principle of independent learning is the requirement of honesty and integrity in all academic activities, and an obligation to promote an atmosphere in which honest and creative academic work can flourish.

Each student accepts this honor principle upon registering as a TDI graduate student. A student found in violation of the Honor Principle forfeits his/her right to continue in the program.

Student Responsibilities

Students will contact the professor if they are unclear about an Honor Principle interpretation in any class.

Submission of an individual assignment, examination, paper, project, capstone, or other course-related work by a student carries with it the implicit statement that the work is his or her own.

All work submitted which contains specific material from an outside source (written or verbal) must properly acknowledge the source. This includes one’s own written or verbal material.

In those areas where collaborative efforts are acceptable, the student submitting the work will indicate other sources and the names of those with whom he or she collaborated.

No student may infringe upon the right of others to have fair and equal access to College resources and to study in an environment conducive to learning and creative research.

Plagiarism, harassment, coercion, disruption, violence, destruction, concealment, or misappropriation of property are examples of unacceptable behavior. When participating in any College-sponsored activities, graduate students are subject to all honor principles and codes of conduct of the College.

In the presence of an undoubted violation of the Honor Principle, to stand by and do nothing is to threaten the spirit and effectiveness of the principle. TDI students are expected to preserve the Honor Principle by taking action whenever the Honor Principle is compromised. TDI’s Director of Student Learning or the Dean of Graduate Studies should be contacted for advice about appropriate and equitable action regarding both honor and conduct violations.

Refer to the Dartmouth Sources website for assistance with citing sources,  avoiding plagiarism. and evaluating the quality of sources.

Faculty Responsibilities

At the beginning of every course, in the course syllabus, and within the course in the Canvas learning management system, the faculty member will explain how the Honor Principle relates to the course. The statements should cover such areas as the faculty member’s expectations and policies with respect to student responsibilities, e.g., collaboration permitted prior to independent write-up and submission of work; acceptable procedures on group projects.

An instructor who suspects a student may have violated the Honor Principle should observe the following recommendations and guidelines for action:

  • The instructor may want to discuss the suspected violation with the student(s) in order to determine that there has been no misunderstanding between the instructor and the student(s).
  • The instructor is strongly encouraged to test the validity of his/her suspicion by consulting a colleague.
  • If, after consultation, the instructor believes that the suspicion is valid, the instructor should bring the matter to the attention of TDI’s Director of Student Learning. Under no circumstances should the instructor who suspects a violation of the Honor Principle attempt to resolve the matter independently or in collaboration with the student(s) in question.

Administrative Responsibilities

In the case of a suspected Honor Principle or Code of Conduct violation that has been referred to TDI’s Director of Student Learning, the Director of Student Learning consults with the parties concerned and determines what further action is appropriate. If there is reasonable indication of an Honor Principle or Code of Conduct violation, the matter will be brought to a hearing with the Dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. Consequences of Honor Code or Code of Conduct violations may result in suspension or separation from the program. See more information on hearing procedures in the “Hearing Procedures for Academic and Non-Academic Conduct” section.

Code of Conduct – Nonacademic Regulations

The regulations regarding behavior which are presented here concern both the College and its relation to the community of which it is a part. Conduct relating specifically to the Academic Honor Principle is discussed in the handbooks issued by each of the graduate and professional schools.

Violation of the conduct regulations set forth below may subject individuals or recognized organizations to disciplinary action.

Changes in the enumeration or definition of conduct regulations may take place from time to time, and such changes take effect upon appropriate notice to the Dartmouth community by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

1. Alcohol
Violation of the Student Alcohol Policy may subject an individual or recognized organization to the penalties set forth therein and to other disciplinary action.

2. Other Drugs
Violation of the Student Drug Policy may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

3. Climbing on College Buildings and Structures
Climbing on any College building, including the Heating Plant smokestack, is prohibited. Arrangements to climb at predesignated locations must be coordinated through the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club and the Department of Safety and Security. Violation of this rule will result in an automatic fine of $50, and further disciplinary action may be taken against individuals or recognized organizations for violation of this rule.

4. Coercion
Students and recognized organizations are prohibited from engaging in coercion. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

5. Computer Use
Abusing the fundamental right of users of College computing to privacy and a fair share of computing resources is prohibited. Violation of the Computing Code may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

6. Display of Objects from College Buildings
The display of flags, banners, signs, and other objects from College buildings without prior approval from the Dean of Students or his/her designee is prohibited. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

7. Disciplinary Rules, Regulations, and Decisions
Students and recognized organizations are obligated to obey the rules and regulations governing disciplinary proceedings of the COS and Dean of Students. Further, individuals and recognized organizations are obligated to obey the decisions of the COS and Dean of Students, and to meet, on request, with the deans, the UJAO, and other College officials in the course of an investigation. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

8. Disorderly Conduct
The College requires orderly conduct of all students while in Hanover and its environs. The College further requires orderly conduct of its students at any College-related function or activity, whether in Hanover or elsewhere (including, for example, students on off-campus programs or players and spectators at "away" athletic contests). Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

9. Disruption of the Orderly Processes of the College
Disruption of the orderly processes of the College is prohibited. Actions among those considered to constitute disruption of the orderly processes of the College include, but are not limited to, the following:
    the unauthorized entry into, or occupation of, a private office or work area; or
    the failure to maintain clear passage into, out of, or to any part of a College building or passageway; or
    conduct that interferes with normal activities or movements in a building, including the failure to vacate a building at its normal closing time (the presence of College employees or other authorized individuals in a building after hours does not alter a building's normal closing time); or
    conduct that restricts or prevents College employees from performing their duties; or
    conduct (including by way of example, obstruction, noise, or the display of banners or objects) that prevents or disrupts the effective carrying out of a College function or approved activity, such as classes, lectures, meetings, interviews, ceremonies, research and public events. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

10. Driving Code
Violation of the Dartmouth Driving Code may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

11. Excessive Noise
Noise which interferes with classes, College offices, and other campus and community activities is prohibited. The first violation of this rule will result in a warning; the second violation will result in an automatic fine. Continued violation of this rule may subject an individual or recognized organization to further disciplinary action.

12. False Information and Misrepresentation; Failure to Provide Identification
Students or recognized organizations are prohibited from knowingly providing false information or making misrepresentations to any College officer, College committee, duly recognized College organization, or member of the College community acting on behalf of the College. Students or recognized organizations are also prohibited from knowingly providing false information or in any way misrepresenting to any individual or agency their status at or relationship with the College (e.g., enrolled, graduated, authorized to represent, etc.). Students are obligated to provide College personnel with accurate identification upon request. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

13. Fire Safety Equipment
Tampering or interference with, as well as destruction or misuse of, fire safety or fire prevention equipment is prohibited. An automatic fine of $100, plus the cost of replacement of equipment, is charged to any student or recognized organization violating this regulation, and further disciplinary action may be taken. All students and recognized organizations should be aware that any person who causes an alarm to be set off for improper purposes is liable for the expenses incurred by fire departments in responding to the alarm.

14. Firearms
Violation of the College policy on firearms may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

15. Fireworks
No student or recognized organization may possess or use fireworks on campus. Possession or use of fireworks will result in an automatic fine of $50 and may result in further disciplinary action.

16. Forgery, Alteration or Unauthorized Possession; Unauthorized Use
The forgery, alteration, or unauthorized possession or use of College documents, records, billing numbers, or instruments of identification is prohibited and may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

17. Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is understood to mean unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

    submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individualʹs employment or status as a student
    submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting him or her, or for the awarding or withholding of favorable employment or academic opportunities, evaluations, or assistance
    such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individualʹs work or academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment

18. Sexual Misconduct
Students and organizations are prohibited from engaging in sexual misconduct of any kind. Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination and/or sexual harassment prohibited by College policy and federal and state law. The wide spectrum of behaviors encompassed by this regulation calls for a variety of sanctions. The most egregious behaviors encompassed by this regulation, and cases of repeated violations, will incur the most serious sanctions the College can impose, up to and including permanent separation from the College.

Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
    Conduct of a sexual nature which reasonably would be expected to have the effect of threatening or intimidating the person at who such conduct is directed
    Intentional physical contact with an intimate part of the body of another person without that person's consent
    Sexual penetration when such contact is achieved without consent; through physical force, coercion, or threat; or in situations in which the victim is unable to give consent because of physical or mental incapacitation by reason of drug or alcohol consumption, sleep, or unconsciousness

Refer to http://www.dartmouth.edu/sexualabuse/help/ and Sexual Misconduct; and Dartmouth’s Policies and Procedures Applicable to Cases Involving Allegations of Sexual Harassment, Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct.

19. Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
Please see Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct for more information on College policies.

20. Library Use
Infringing upon the right of others to fair and equal access to all College libraries is prohibited. Failure to sign for materials taken from libraries and similar abuse of library privileges may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

21. Locks and Keys
Tampering with locks to College buildings, unauthorized possession or use of College keys, and alteration or duplication of College keys are prohibited. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

22. Misappropriation or Damage
Misappropriation of or negligent or intentional damage to personal or College property is prohibited and may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

23. Nonregistered Class Attendance
Students or other individuals wishing to attend sessions of classes for which they are not registered must identify themselves to the professor conducting the class before it begins and obtain her or his permission to attend. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

24. Operating Regulations
The failure to abide by the operating regulations (written or oral) of academic and nonacademic offices, centers, classrooms, laboratories, and departments is prohibited. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

25. Projectiles
Propelling any object in such a way as to endanger health or property is prohibited and will result in an automatic fine and may subject an individual or recognized organization to further disciplinary action.

26. Reckless Conduct
Conduct which places another in reasonable fear for his or her safety or in danger of bodily harm is prohibited. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

27. Right to Privacy
No student shall install or use any device for listening to, observing, photographing, recording, amplifying, transmitting, or broadcasting sounds or events occurring in any place where the individual or group involved has a reasonable expectation of being free from unwanted surveillance, eavesdropping, recording, or observation, unless the student has first obtained the consent of all persons involved. A committee or other recognized College organization may authorize the recording or photographing of its proceedings; and performances, classes, lectures, programs, workshops, or other similar events may be recorded or photographed only where the sponsoring organization, faculty member, speaker, or other party in charge of the event specifically authorizes such recording. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

28. Sporting Events
Unauthorized presence in reserved, restricted, recognized and/or posted areas, or on athletic playing surfaces, tracks, or sidelines, is prohibited. Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

29. Unauthorized Entry
Unauthorized entry into or presence in closed and/or posted College buildings or areas will result in an automatic fine and may subject an individual or recognized organization to further disciplinary action. Access to private rooms or offices is in the control of those who live in them or use them. Unauthorized entry or presence in private rooms or offices may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

30. Use of the College Green and Campus Grounds
Violation of the College policy on use of the College Green and campus grounds may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

31. Violation of Local, State, or Federal Law
Violation of the laws of any jurisdiction, whether local, state, federal, or foreign, may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action. Evidence of a conviction in a court or administrative proceeding shall be conclusive as to a violation of law. Pendency of an appeal of a conviction shall not affect the application of this rule.

32. Violence or Injurious Conduct
Students and recognized organizations are prohibited from engaging in the use or threat of physical violence or injurious conduct (whether directed at another, at oneself, or at an object). Violation of this regulation may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.

Ramifications
Violation of the conduct regulations set forth below may subject individuals or recognized organizations to disciplinary action.

Hearing Procedures for Academic and Non-Academic Conduct

1. Notification of the charges against a student shall be in writing and shall contain a concise statement of the alleged facts which constitute the violation. At this time, the student will be asked if they would like to respond directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies about these charges, either directly in a meeting or in writing.

2. A student shall have a reasonable time to respond to the notification of charges.

3. A student may choose to admit to the charges as stated. In such cases, the Dean of Graduate Studies will determine the appropriate penalty. If the student does not admit to the charges stated, the Dean of Graduate Studies will conduct a hearing with a committee to review the case. This committee will consist of three graduate faculty, the Dean and Assistant Dean. Background evidence related to the issue may be provided to the committee prior to the hearing.

4. A student may choose an advisor, from current Dartmouth faculty, staff, or students, to assist in the defense at a disciplinary hearing. The advisor’s role is to assist the student in reviewing and understanding the procedures related to a hearing and to assist the student in obtaining answers to questions about the hearing. For this reason, many students request one of their department’s faculty or staff familiar with the disciplinary system serve as their advisor. While an advisor might appropriately help a student anticipate questions and issues likely to arise at a hearing, or provide feedback about the effectiveness of a student’s written or oral presentation of the facts, the advisor does not function in the way an attorney would in a criminal or civil proceeding.

5. The student may elect to have a private hearing or an open hearing, but the Dean may limit the number of persons at an open hearing, and may, if a disturbance occurs, order the hearing to be conducted in private. In cases where the need to protect privacy is, in the judgment of the Dean, important, the Dean may close the hearing over the objection of the charged student(s).

6. A student may refuse to make any statement at the hearing. Such refusal shall not be considered as evidence against the student.

7. The student shall have the right to hear and question any witnesses and to examine all other evidence introduced at the hearing. The student has the right to testify and present evidence and witnesses in his/her own behalf.

8. The Dean shall base his or her decisions on matters of fact and solely upon evidence introduced at the hearing.

9. Formal rules of evidence shall not apply. The Dean may consider any testimony or evidence unduly repetitious or immaterial, or to have been improperly obtained.

10. The student will be informed, in writing, of the Dean’s decision within a reasonable time (no more than one week after the hearing).

11. If the results of the disciplinary hearing are to become a part of a student’s record, either temporarily or permanently, notice shall be given to the student concerned.

12. The student may appeal the Dean’s decision (see Appeals Board on Standing and Conduct for Graduate Students in Arts and Sciences Programs) within a reasonable time (no more than one week after notification of the Dean’s decision) only if evidence was not heard or new evidence is now available.

13. Decisions by the Dean may be revealed to authorized College personnel, to the charged student, and, in appropriate circumstances, to the charged student’s parents or guardian and the victim/complainant. In cases where the outcome will affect the visa status of an international student, the Dartmouth International Office will be notified by the appropriate registrar, and the student must comply with any change in federal immigration status which occurs.

14. The Dean hearing a case may choose to comment publicly, in writing or otherwise, regarding the decision reached if, in the judgment of the Dean, the best interests of the community would be served by such disclosure. If possible and appropriate, the anonymity of the student(s) involved will be protected.

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