Student Responsibility

While Alabama State University endeavors to provide timely, helpful and accurate advisement, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to know and satisfy all degree and certifiication requirements. At the same time, it is incumbent upon all graduate students to be knowledgeable of all University and The Murphy Graduate School policies and procedures. By enrolling at Alabama State University, students indicate their willingness to subscribe to and be governed by established rules and regulations. They also acknowledge the right of the University to take such disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion, as may be deemed appropriate for failure (1) to meet all obligations (both academic and financial), (2) to abide by current rules and regulations, or (3) to engage in conduct adjudged unsatisfactory or detrimental to the university.

In addition to the Graduate Bulletin, all graduate students should read the official Student Handbook, The Pilot, which contains current university policies and regulations. Any student who needs a copy of the student handbook should contact the Office of Student Affairs, Room 108, McGehee Hall. Copies of the Graduate Bulletin are available upon request in The Murphy Graduate School.

Code Of Student Academic Responsibility

The first law of academic life is intellectual honesty. The following regulations are consistent with the high standards expected of students at Alabama State University. Violation of any of the following standards subjects the student to disciplinary action.

A. Bribery
The offering, giving, receiving or soliciting of anything of value in order to obtain a grade or consideration a student would not expect to achieve from his or her own academic performance.

B. Cheating
1.  Any conduct during a program, course, quiz or examination that involves the unauthorized use of written or oral information, or information obtained by any other means of communication.
2.  The buying, selling or theft of any examination or   quiz prior to its administration. 
3. The unauthorized use of any electronic or mechanical device during any pro¬gram, course, quiz, or examination, or in connection with laboratory reports, or other materials related to academic performance.
4.  The unauthorized use of laboratory reports, term reports, theses or written materials in whole or in part.
5. The unauthorized collaboration on any test, assignment or project.
6. Participating in, or permitting, any of the above activities as defined in B, 1-5.

C. Lying
Lying is the deliberate misrepresentation by words, actions or deeds of any situation or fact, in part or whole, for the purpose of avoiding or postponing the completion of any assignment, duties, test or examination in a course, internship or program.

D. Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the act of taking an idea, writing or work of another and presenting it as the product of one’s own activity, whether in whole or in part. It is the dishon¬est use of the work of another person. A person has committed plagiarism when he or she:
1. Submits the words, sentences, ideas, conclusion and/or examples from a source — a book, an article, another student’s paper, etc. — without acknowl¬edging the source. 
2.  Submits another person’s work in lieu of his or her own work.
3. Allows another student, or students, to take all or part of his or her course and/or examination.
4.  Knowingly aids another student in plagiarizing an assignment as defined in D, 1-3.