All students must adhere to the professional codes of conduct described below.
Student Ethical Standards
We expect that high ethical standards will be maintained both in your professional life and in your course work. Specifically, this means that the work you submit as evidence of your academic competence must be your own. Violations of this criterion include (but are not limited to) plagiarism of all kinds, cheating, lying, and the use of unauthorized aid to obtain a grade or credit. Ethical lapses not specifically course-related but which affect your Seattle University activities are also included in this policy.
Upon discovering an ethical violation, the instructor is required to report the matter to the IPS Director. If the violation occurs in a non-IPS course, it must be reported to that instructor's department chair as well. The specific penalty will depend upon the course or instructor, but would almost certainly include a failing grade for the assignment in question and possibly for the entire course. Two such offenses could result in your dismissal from the program.
Student Professional Competence
This is a professional program. it is designed to prepare you for opportunities to engage in high-level work within the public service. In rare instances, a student who in some respects may be capable academically may be found to lack the qualities of character, the disposition, the judgment and/or the inclination to succeed within and contribute to the public service. In such instances, an academic review process may be undertaken under the auspices of the IPS Director that could result in the student’s suspension or termination from the MPA program. The following decisions may be considered in this policy:
- the decision to place a student on academic probation because the student has not demonstrated the requisite knowledge, skills, or judgment needed to successfully complete the program or because the student has engaged in unethical, unprofessional, or unsafe conduct; or
- the decision to terminate a student from the program because the student has not demonstrated the requisite knowledge, skills, or judgment needed to be a competent practitioner or because the student has engaged in unethical, unprofessional, or unsafe conduct.
Decisions of this nature are subject to the appropriate academic appeals processes, and in particular to the Seattle University Fair Process Policy (as applied to the circumstances of each program or college). In the event the appeal process reaches the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the decision of the Dean is final and is not subject to further review or appeal within the University unless the decision has the effect of terminating the student from the University. In such instances, the student may ask the Provost to review the decision.
The character of the classroom is to be consistent with the professional nature of the program. Faculty and students will maintain an environment conducive to excellence in teaching and learning.
A student may have childcare problems and on a rare occasion may wish to bring a child to class. If possible, prior to class the student will convey to the faculty member a request to bring the child to class. Faculty may or may not permit children to attend. Students are asked to regard this as a last resort in addressing a childcare crisis.