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Academic Code

All incoming graduate students are required to take an online tutorial on the rules of conduct defined in "Academic and Student Conduct Codes." The Graduate School is in communication with new students about the online tutorial. 

This Codes booklet was updated in 2007 to more distinctly reflect the academic and non-academic issues faced by graduate students. The Codes remain a work in progress as the deans of the Graduate School and other University officials coordinate and re-evaluate some of its details and the specifics of its implementation.

If students have any questions regarding academic regulations, they should contact the Dean of the Graduate School immediately; for questions regarding student conduct, contact the Dean of Student Life; for questions regarding research policies and regulations, contact the Vice President for Research.

From the Academic Code...
Academic achievement is evaluated on the basis of work that a student produces independently. A student who obtains credit for work, words, or ideas which are not the products of his or her own effort is dishonest. Such dishonesty undermines the integrity of academic standards of the University. Infringement of the Academic Code entails penalties ranging from reprimand to suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University. Brown students are expected to tell the truth. Misrepresentation of facts, significant omissions or falsifications in any connection with the academic process (including Change of Course permits, the academic transcript, or applications for training or employment) are violations of the Code. This policy also applies to alumni, insofar as it relates to Brown transcripts and other records of work at Brown.

Misunderstanding the Code will not be accepted as an excuse for dishonest work. If a student has questions on any aspect of the Academic Code as it relates in a particular course or as it may be interpreted in practice, he or she should consult the instructor in the course or one of the deans of the Graduate School so as to avoid the serious charge of academic dishonesty.