Professional Codes of Conduct

Upon entering the MACJ program, it is expected that students will conduct themselves in a professional manner both in and outside of the classroom.



  • Students are expected to work hard, read assigned material, and actively participate in class discussions.
  • Attendance in class for the full class time and for all class sessions is expected. Absences from class should be minimal.  If you miss class sessions, the professor reserves the right to drop you from the course.
  • While it is okay and sometimes a necessary part of the learning process to disagree with the professor and/or another student, verbal or physical attacks will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from not only the course but the MACJ program.




  • Academic dishonesty (e.g., working on individual assignments with others, cheating on an exam) and plagiarism (i.e., turning in another’s writing as your own, failing to cite sources in your writing) is unacceptable and unethical. Students found to be engaging in academic dishonesty will be removed from the MACJ program.


Outside the classroom


  • When students are off-campus, they are still representing the university and criminal justice department. Thus, students are expected to be professional when in the community whether or not they are working with a criminal justice agency in a university capacity.
  • Students should make every effort to attend CJ Department colloquiums.



Revised October 21, 2013

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Elaine Gunnison 
Graduate Program Director

Nicole Moses 
Graduate Program Coordinator

Matthew Hickman
Department Chair