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Student Responsibility

Successful completion of the master’s degree is the responsibility of the student. The graduate advisor and graduate coordinator are valuable resources for information on academic issues, administrative procedures, and university and departmental policy; students are, however, responsible for ensuring that they act within the rules and regulations of the department, college, and university; meet all deadlines; and fulfill the requirements of the degree program.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Graduate Catalog, the General Information Catalog, and the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) website, which hold information on policies, procedures, and requirements. Students should also make note of important dates on the academic calendar, including the first, twelfth, and last class days, registration access periods, final exam periods, and drop/withdrawal deadlines, among others.

The University considers email to be an official means of communication. Most correspondence from faculty, the graduate advisor and coordinator will be sent via email. Students must keep their email addresses updated, both with the University and CMES, to avoid missing crucial messages.

Academic Dishonesty

Chapter 11 of the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities, Section 11-802(b) states the following:

‘Academic dishonesty’ or ‘scholastic dishonesty’ includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two classes without the prior permission of the instructor), or the attempt to commit such an act.

The examples of academic dishonesty listed above are defined at length in chapter 11 of the Institutional Rules. Students are encouraged to review this section of the document carefully as ignorance will not be accepted as a defense against accusations.

Note that, in language courses, having a native speaker revise work done in the target language without the instructor’s permission and before submission of the assignment is considered an act of collusion.


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