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MBA for Professionals Student Handbook - Codes of Conduct

The Atkinson Graduate School of Management expects honesty, integrity, ethical and professional behavior from all students, faculty and staff.


Expectations of Conduct

We are a community of learners. Our professional commitment is to create an environment that advances the science and practice of managing organizations. As individuals, we conduct ourselves with honor and integrity, treat everyone with respect, take responsibility for our actions, and fulfill our promises. Examples of conduct consistent with this expectation include:

  • Taking initiative
  • Crafting solutions
  • Completing assignments according to an agreed schedule
  • Offering constructive criticism and accepting it appreciatively
  • Taking responsibility for our own learning and that of others

We expect someone who observes or learns about behavior inconsistent with our expectations of conduct to initiate corrective action by clarifying the situation and encouraging the responsible party to act appropriately. In the case of a violation of School or University policies or the laws of relevant jurisdictions, notify the appropriate enforcement authorities.


Academic Honesty and Ethical Behavior

The Atkinson School requires academic honesty as part of its general emphasis on ethical behavior. Commitment to maintaining the highest standards of academic honesty is the responsibility of every student, faculty member, and staff member of the Atkinson School. Atkinson students are expected to abide by the Willamette University Standards of Conduct, the Atkinson School Expectation of Conduct, and all Atkinson School academic policies and regulations.

Students may use outside resources (e.g., other students, lecture notes, textbooks, articles, Internet resources) to form a basis for discussion of how to approach assignments. However, simply replicating another source's work is not appropriate. Assignments submitted to faculty should consist of original work created by the student.

If a student is unsure of how to approach an assignment/project s/he should be proactive in discussing the assignment/project with the faculty member and/or the teaching assistant. Students are generally encouraged to discuss expectations, requirements, and/or recommended approaches with their instructor and other students.

Atkinson School policies regarding breaches of academic honesty (which include plagiarism, cheating, and the unauthorized possession of examinations, papers, or other class materials) are presented below. In all other circumstances, leading to possible termination/expulsion from the program, the Atkinson School will adhere to the Willamette University's Standards of Conduct.

Plagiarism
"Plagiarism" is the improper use of another person's ideas or words without acknowledgment. Examples of plagiarism include failing to use quotation marks when quoting from a source; failing to document the source of distinctive ideas, or fabricating or inventing sources. As such, Atkinson students are required to submit only their original work, or the properly cited work of others.

Whenever the ideas, writing, or work of another person are used, proper and timely acknowledgment is required. In written work, proper and timely acknowledgment includes a comment in the text, a footnote, or both, and includes listing the source in the bibliography. In oral presentations, an explicit statement about the work's source is required. In other academic activities, including but not limited to writing software programs and creating graphic displays, proper and timely acknowledgment is required. Students desiring clarification of "proper and timely acknowledgment" should consult in advance with the instructor to whom the work will be submitted.

Students found to have committed plagiarism will receive a zero (0%) or "F" grade for the specific examination, test, paper, assignment, or project in question for their first offense. "Found to have committed plagiarism" means the student's written work has been traced back to the original source.

Students found to have committed a first offense of plagiarism will also lose all scholarship assistance awarded by the Atkinson School. The student may make a written appeal to the Associate Dean/Director of Admission, who will take the appeal to the Dean. The Dean's decision is final and binding.

A second offense will lead to automatic expulsion (with provision to make a written appeal to the Dean, whose decision is final and binding).

Official notification of all incidents of plagiarism and/or cheating or the unauthorized possession of any class materials by a student will be given to the recorder by the instructor in question, and will become a permanent part of the student's file. The recorder is responsible for monitoring all offenses mentioned and ensuring that they have been duly recorded in the student's file. Offenses across classes will be monitored by the recorder for determining response severity.

Cheating
"Cheating" is using unauthorized materials or giving or receiving unauthorized assistance during an examination or other academic exercise. Specific examples of cheating include: copying the work of another student or permitting another student to copy your work during an examination or other academic exercise; taking an examination for another student or allowing another student to take your examination; possessing unauthorized notes, study sheets or other materials during an examination; collaborating with another student during an examination or other academic exercise without the instructor's consent; falsifying examination results.

Students found to have committed cheating will receive a zero (0%) or "F" grade for the specific examination, test, paper, assignment, or project in question for their first offense. "Found to have committed cheating" means the student was caught in the act of obtaining information (in any way whatsoever) from another student, giving information to another student, or using any kind of unauthorized materials, during the test or examination in question.

Students found to have committed a first offense of cheating will also lose all scholarship assistance awarded by the Atkinson School. The student may make a written appeal to the Associate Dean/Director of Admission, who will take the appeal to the Dean. The Dean's decision is final and binding.

A second offense will lead to automatic expulsion (with provision to make a written appeal to the Dean, whose decision is final and binding).

Official notification of all incidents of plagiarism and/or cheating or the unauthorized possession of any class materials by a student will be given to the recorder by the instructor in question, and will become a permanent part of the student's file. The recorder is responsible for monitoring all offenses mentioned and ensuring that they have been duly recorded in the student's file. Offenses across classes will be monitored by the recorder for determining response severity.

Unauthorized Possession or Disposition of Academic Materials
"Unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials" includes selling or purchasing examinations or other academic work; taking another student's academic work without permission; or, submitting the same paper for two different classes without specific authorization.

Students found to have committed unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials will receive a zero (0%) of "F" grade for the specific examination, test, paper, assignment, or project in question for their first offense. "Found to have committed unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials" means the student sold or purchased an exam or other academic work, took or submitted the work of another student without permission, or submitted the same paper for two different classes without specific authorization.

Students found to have committed a first offense of unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials will also lose all scholarship assistance awarded by the Atkinson School. The student may make a written appeal to the Associate Dean/Director of Admission, who will take the appeal to the Dean. The Dean's decision is final and binding.

A second offense will lead to automatic expulsion (with provision to make a written appeal to the Dean, whose decision is final and binding).

Official notification of all incidents of plagiarism and/or cheating and/or the unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials by a student will be given to the recorder by the instructor in question, and will become a permanent part of the student's file. The recorder is responsible for monitoring all offenses mentioned and ensuring that they have been duly recorded in the student's file. Offenses across classes will be monitored by the recorder for determining response severity.


Conduct Probation and Termination

All students found guilty of breaching the Willamette University Standards of Conduct as described in the Willamette University Selected Policies Manual, the Atkinson School Expectations of Conduct or Atkinson School Academic Honesty and Ethical Behavior Policies are subject to probation or termination as stated in the Atkinson School Student Handbook, by the WU Judicial Review Committee, or as determined by the Dean or Associate Deans of the Atkinson Graduate School.

Students can be placed on conduct probation or terminated because of conduct related issues at any time during the semester.

A student placed on conduct probation is not eligible for scholarships or eligible to graduate.

A student terminated based on conduct forfeits all refunds of tuition and fees and is not eligible to graduate.

Conduct related probation or termination is noted on the student's transcript until removed by administrative decision.

Students placed on conduct probation or terminated because of conduct related issues who are seeking reinstatement to Good Standing, must follow the reinstatement procedures, if any, as outlined by the Atkinson School Student Handbook, WU Judicial Review Committee, or as determined by the Dean or Associate Deans of the Atkinson Graduate School.

Students who have questions about conduct probation should contact an Associate Dean.


Financial Aid Suspension and Drug Related Offenses

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), enacted in 2008, states that a student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any Federal or State grant, loan, or work study during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

Conviction involving possession of a controlled substance removes eligibility for:
First offense ................................... 1 year
Second offense ............................... 2 years
Third offense .................................. Indefinite

Conviction involving the sale of a controlled substance removes eligibility for:
First offense ................................... 2 years
Second offense ............................... Indefinite

A student who has lost eligibility may become eligible before the end of the stated ineligibility period if:
a)   he/she satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program and passes two unannounced drug tests; or
b)   his/her conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered null.

Effective July 1, 2010, students who lose eligibility for Federal and State financial aid due to a drug conviction may regain eligibility if they successfully pass two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program.

If you have specific questions regarding how the Federal requirements will impact your financial aid following a drug conviction, contact the Office of Financial Aid: finaid@willamette.edu  503-370-6273 or toll free 1-877-744-3736


Willamette University Policies - Selected Policies Manual

Willamette University policies govern all graduate and undergraduate students of Willamette University except where specifically noted within the description of a specific policy or procedure. University wide policies and procedures are available in the Willamette University Selected Policies Manual at http://www.willamette.edu/dept/campuslife/policies/

Information and polices contained in the Willamette University Selected Policies Manual are as follows:

Table of Contents

Statement of Equal Opportunity Compliance
Statement of Title IX Compliance
 
Policies Related to Students

Student Disability Accommodation Procedures
Emergency – Medical or Psychological  
Non-Discrimination Policy
Publicity Policies for Students and Student Organizations
Sexual Conduct Information
Standards of Conduct
Student Grievance Policy  
Student Refund Policy
Telephone Harassment: Procedure to order a phone number change

All-Campus Policies
Alcohol Policy
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Candle/Open Flame Policy
Dogs on Campus
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Fire Alarm Response
Firearm/Weapons Policy
Responsibilities of Skateboarders and Bicyclists
Identification  
Inclement Weather  
Name and Logo Imprint Policy
Promotion/Publicity
Parking Regulations
Prohibition of Harassment Including Sexual Harassment
Raffles
Scheduling Policy
Smoking Policy
Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act
Student Travel Procedures & Best Practices
Willamette Integrated Technology Services Policies

Information, Resources
Drug-Free Schools and Community Act Amendments
Alcohol and Drugs: An Informational Guide

For complete information, please refer to the Willamette University Selected Policies Manual