Students are expected to comply with University policies and regulations outlined in the Penn Book, the University Code of Student Conduct, the Code of Academic Integrity, and the Master’s Student Handbook. Students are expected to incorporate the highest standard of ethics in every element of their work and to manifest in their behaviors and demonstrate knowledge, skills, maturity, and emotional stability necessary to function as a professional.
Examples of non-academic performance and conduct that will subject the student to disciplinary action or dismissal from the program include:
- Violations of the University Code of Academic Integrity (e.g., plagiarism).
- Behavior determined to be a violation of University or School policies or regulations.
- Behavior determined to be a violation of the profession’s ethics (e.g., NASW Code of Ethics in the case of social work).
- Inability to secure, sustain, or perform satisfactorily in a field placement.
- Behaviors that do not meet professional expectations and standards, which include generally accepted standards of professional conduct, personal integrity, or emotional stability for professional practice.
- Behaviors determined to be unprofessional conduct towards colleagues, faculty, or staff.
Standards and procedures for student non-academic performance are particular to specific professional standards or academic programs. Therefore, additional procedures that operationalize these standards and action steps in response to violations can be found in the policies for specific programs.
Alleged violations of the University’s Code of Student Conduct, Code of Academic Integrity, and other applicable policies regarding student behavior may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct (OSC). The OSC is responsible for acting on behalf of the University in matters of student discipline. The OSC deals with alleged instances of academic dishonesty and other student misconduct, in order to determine how best to resolve these allegations consistent with the goals and mission of the University as an educational and intellectual community. For more information on the OSC, please see http://www.upenn.edu/osc.