Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations

School of Diplomacy Standards of Academic Conduct


Each student will conform to the standards of the School of Diplomacy and Seton Hall University1 regarding academic conduct and integrity. In addition, students are responsible for becoming familiar with the rights and responsibilities and the requirements of their courses.

All forms of dishonesty, whether by act or omission, including, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism and knowingly furnishing false information to the School or the University, are prohibited. Work submitted in courses must be the product of the efforts of the student presenting the work, and contributions of others to the finished work must be appropriately acknowledged. The presentation of another's work as one's own is a serious violation of the academic process, and it is penalized accordingly. The decision on the appropriate penalty is in the first instance the professor's, and it may extend to a failing grade for the course.

Cheating is further defined as using information that is not your own in completing exams or written assignments. No distinction exists between those who provide information and those who use such information.

Plagiarism is further defined as a significant reliance on the words and ideas of another without proper attribution for those words and ideas.

Using substantially similar assignments for more than one course requires the permission of each involved faculty member in advance of submission. Failure to get the permission constitutes an act of cheating.

Violations of academic conduct are the jurisdiction of the faculty.

View the School of Diplomacy Academic Grievance Procedure »

Procedures regarding academic misconduct:
  1. Faculty member will notify the Chair and the Associate Deans when an instance of academic misconduct is discovered.

  2. The faculty member will present the information to the Chair and agree on possible sanctions.

  3. The Department Chair reserves the right to investigate this matter via the School Grievance Committee as per the Academic Grievance Policy.

  4. For a first offense, the student may be subject to any of the following:
    1. Grade of failure for the work in question.
    2. Lowering of the final grade for the course. 
    3. Failure for the course. 
    4. Any other academic action deemed appropriate by the faculty member

  5. For a second offense, the student may be subject to any of the following: 
    1. Failure for the course. 
    2. Suspension from the School of Diplomacy
    3. Dismissal from the School of Diplomacy
    4. Any other academic action deemed appropriate by the faculty member.

  6. Regardless of the number of offenses, faculty must:
    1. Meet with the student to discuss the allegation
    2. Apprise students of their rights under the Academic Grievance Policy


1Seton Hall University Community Standards characterize the following acts as misconduct: 

Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating, plagiarism, other forms of academic dishonesty or actions inconsistent with academic integrity.
  2. Furnishing false information to, or intentionally withholding information from, any University official, faculty member, or office.

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