Academic Conduct Policy

The Program seeks to create an environment of academic excellence conducive to student learning. This requires students to take personal responsibility for their learning and mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe and effective patient care and for excellence in professional practice. This also requires students to complete all work with academic integrity, recognize the limits of their current knowledge, and pursue life-long learning. Academic misconduct undermines the purpose of education and violates the trust among faculty and students necessary for intellectual growth and development. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Abetting: encouraging or assisting another student to do something wrong
  • Cheating: acting dishonestly to gain an advantage, such as using unauthorized study materials
  • Plagiarism: claiming someone else’s ideas, words, data, etc. as your own
  • Fabrication: presenting falsified work as genuine
  • Misrepresentation: any act or omission with the intent to deceive

Dishonesty of any kind on examinations, unauthorized possession of examination questions, duplication of examination questions, the use of unauthorized notes during an examination, obtaining information during an examination from another student, assisting others to cheat, altering grade records, or illegally entering an office are instances of cheating and are violations of appropriate academic and professional conduct.

The Academic Conduct Policy is part of the DCOM Student Honor Code. Students suspected of violation the Student Code of Conduct will be referred to the SPC for progression and/or disciplinary action recommendations which may include dismissal from the Program.