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Disciplinary Procedures

If you are a graduate student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Academic Regulations and expectations of Personal Conduct outlined in our Programs & Policies apply to you. Please familiarize yourself with these policies.
 
Whenever there appears to be a breach of the regulations, the Graduate School Committee on Regulations and Discipline (“Disciplinary Committee”) will follow the Disciplinary Procedure. The committee has three graduate students and three faculty members, faculty members, normally one from each division, and an associate dean. 
 
A student accused of a breach of the Regulations will be presumed innocent unless and until found to have breached the Graduate School Committee on Regulations and Discipline.
 
If a graduate student is accused of committing academic fraud (including falsification or fabrication of data or plagiarism) in the course of proposing, conducting or reporting research supported by the federal government, the policies and procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Academic Misconduct at Yale University will be followed. Otherwise, academic violations are reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee. 
 
Violations of Personal Conduct standards should be reported to Associate Dean Richard Sleight. Issues concerning discrimination or harassment should be reported to a Dean’s Designee

Graduate School Committee on Regulations and Discipline

Composed of three graduate students, three faculty members, normally one from each division, and an associate dean, the committee reviews violations of the regulations governing academic and personal conduct.

2019-2020

Faculty

Students

  • Carson Bryant, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry
  • Tyler Hayward, East Asian Studies
  • Kristen Herdman, Medieval Studies

Associate Dean

Annual Report on Regulations and Discipline

2018-2019

During 2018-2019, four graduate students were formally charged with violating the Academic and Personal Conduct standards listed in the Graduate School’s Programs and Policies Bulletin.

Infractions and Penalties, 2018-2019

  • Destruction of research materials. Probation, written reprimand, & required counseling.
  • Improper collaboration on course lab assignment. Written reprimand.
  • Plagiarism in course homework assignment. Probation & written reprimand.
  • Plagiarism in course homework assignment. Probation & written reprimand.

2017-2018

During 2017-2018, two graduate students were formally charged with violating the Academic and Personal Conduct in listed in the Graduate School’s Programs and Policies Bulletin.

Infractions and Penalties, 2017-2018

  • Plagiarism in homework submission. Written reprimand.
  • Theft. The committee found the student innocent of the charge.

2016-2017

During 2016-2017, 4 graduate students were formally charged with violating the Academic and Personal Conduct in listed in the Graduate School’s Programs and Policies Bulletin.

Infractions and Penalties, 2016-2017

  • Cheating on multiple problem sets.  Suspension.
  • Falsification of research data.  Expulsion.
  • Plagiarism, with mitigating circumstances.  Written reprimand noted in academic record and disciplinary probation.
  • Plagiarism in homework submission.  Written reprimand noted in academic record and disciplinary probation.

2015-2016

During 2015-2016, 2 graduate students were formally charged with violating the Academic and Personal Conduct in listed in the Graduate School’s Programs and Policies Bulletin.

Infractions and Penalties, 2015-2016

  • Plagiarism in take home exam.  Written reprimand noted in academic record and disciplinary probation.
  • Plagiarism in homework submission.  Written reprimand noted in academic record, requirement to complete educational assignment, and disciplinary probation.

2014-2015

During 2014-2015, 5 graduate students were formally charged with violating the Academic and Personal Conduct in listed in the Graduate School’s Programs and Policies Bulletin.

Infractions and Penalties, 2015-2016

  • Plagiarism in departmental requirement. Suspension.
  • Destruction of property. Written reprimand noted in academic record, restitution, requirement to complete educational assignment, and disciplinary probation.
  • Plagiarism in take home exam.  Written reprimand noted in academic record, requirement to complete educational assignment, and disciplinary probation.
  • Plagiarism in dissertation prospectus.  Student was found innocent of the charge.
  • Cheating on final exam. Suspension. Admission offer to Ph.D. program revoked.

2013-2014

During 2013-2014, 9 graduate students were formally charged with violating the Regulations for Academic and Personal Conduct in the Graduate School’s Programs and Policies Bulletin. There has been a three-fold increase in charges of academic dishonesty since 2009. The charges listed below involve violations of academic integrity and personal conduct.

Infractions and Penalties, 2013-2014

  • Cheating on a program assignment. Written reprimand noted in academic record and disciplinary probation.
  • Plagiarism, with mitigating circumstances. Written reprimand noted in academic record, disciplinary probation, requirement to complete educational assignment.
  • Plagiarism, with mitigating circumstances. Written reprimand noted in academic record, disciplinary probation, requirement to complete educational assignment.
  • Harassment, intimidation, threatening, violation of University IT policies, refusal to  comply with the direction of a university police officer or other university official.  Expulsion.

2012-2013

During 2012-2013, thirteen graduate students were formally charged with violating the Regulations for Academic and Personal Conduct in the Graduate School’s Programs and Policies Bulletin.

Infractions and Penalties, 2012-2013

  • Cheating. Submitted same work in two courses. Graduation delayed; new essay required.
  • Cheating on a program assignment. Insufficient evidence for a decision.
  • Falsification of admissions credentials. Expulsion.
  • Cheating on a program assignment. Written reprimand noted in academic record and disciplinary probation.
  • Cheating on a program assignment. Written reprimand noted in academic record and disciplinary probation.
  • Plagiarism. Expulsion.
  • Plagiarism, with mitigating circumstances. Graduation delayed, new essay required.
  • Plagiarism, with mitigating circumstances. Reprimand.
  • Fabricated data. Suspension.