Student Conduct

Academic Dishonesty

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. Individuals found guilty of academic dishonesty may be dismissed from the degree program.  It is the student’s responsibility to have a clear understanding of how to reference other individuals’ work, as well as having a clear understanding in general as to the various aspects of academic dishonesty.

Any student accused of a specific act stated in the previous paragraph is subject to The Texas A&M University Health Science Center and the School of Public Health academic policies and procedures pertaining to violations of the student code of conduct for academic integrity.  The above statement should be included on all SPH course syllabi as a means of assuring student awareness of defining characteristics of academic dishonesty and possible consequences of engaging in such acts.

Disruption in the Classroom

The SPH recognizes that faculty members are responsible for effective management of the classroom environment to promote conditions that will enhance student learning.  The term "classroom disruption" means behavior that a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the conduct of a class.  Examples could include persistently speaking without being recognized, continuing with conversations distracting the class or, in extreme cases, resorting to physical threats or personal insults.  Students are to demonstrate professional conduct at all times.  Among other things, this means respecting the diverse points of view and personal differences presented by other students.  Any student who presents a disruption to classroom or laboratory sessions may be placed on probation or dismissed from the program (SPH Catalog).