Graduate students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of rules and regulations of the college and department requirements concerning their individual degree programs. Requirements and programs are subject to change, and students must be aware of current regulations.

Academic Misconduct

All students are expected to display honesty and integrity in completing course requirements and complying with college academic regulations. Academic misconduct refers to plagiarism or cheating on examinations or assignments and is inconsistent with the aims and goals of Buffalo State. Specifically, students may neither use the work of another individual without proper acknowledgment nor perform work for another individual.

Other examples of inappropriate academic conduct include prior acquisition or possession of an examination or submission of false data. As a result of a sustained allegation of academic misconduct, a low or failing grade for part or all of the coursework may be given to the student at the discretion of the instructor. No penalty for an alleged instance of academic misconduct may be imposed unless the student has been apprised of the allegation, the penalty, and the procedures of due process that are available. A statement outlining formal college policies and procedures to be followed in cases of alleged academic misconduct is on file in each dean’s office, the Academic Standards Office, and the Student Life Office.  Cases of severe infractions of acceptable standards may be brought before the Academic Misconduct Board, chaired by the director of Academic Standards, and may result in academic dismissal.

Plagiarism is the act of representing the words, data, works, ideas, computer program or output, or anything not generated by the student, as one’s own.  Plagiarism may be inadvertent or purposeful; however, plagiarism is not a question of intent.  All suspected incidences of plagiarism must be reported by the course instructor.  Plagiarism is considered a serious act of academic misconduct and may result in a student receiving an F in the course and suspension from the University.

Statement of Equal Treatment and Disabilities: The instructors and students in this course will act with integrity and strive to engage in equitable verbal and non-verbal behavior with respect to differences arising from age, gender, race, physical ability, and religious preferences. If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary.