All students enrolled in the MA in Social Sciences Program will adhere to the
standards outlined in the Edinboro University Student Code of Conduct and the
Standards of Ethics outlined in the Edinboro University Graduate Catalogue.
Additionally, as representatives of their respective disciplines they will
adhere to the standards of professional ethics established by their respective
national professional organizations. By enrolling in and attending class
students certify that they have read, understood, and accept the standards
The following is extracted from the Edinboro University Graduate
"It is expected that graduate students of the University will maintain
the highest standards of ethics in connection with all phases of their graduate
work. Any form of dishonesty, including lying, cheating or plagiarizing, will
not be tolerated.
"Plagiarism may be defined as the act of taking the ideas and/or expression of
ideas of another person and representing them as oneís own. It is nothing less
than an act of theft and, as such, is subject to University disciplinary action.
The penalty for plagiarism may include a failing grade for the assignment in question and/or a failing grade for the course.
"Clearly, plagiarism defeats the central purpose of education, namely, to
enable one to think and formulate oneís own ideas. The student who has doubts
about whether or not his/her work may constitute plagiarism should consult with
the course instructor prior to submitting the work. The instructor can provide
clear guidance on how the student can avoid
committing this act of academic misconduct.
"When alleged violations of these standards occur, the following procedures
will be followed:
"1. A faculty member, who has determined to his or her own satisfaction
that a graduate student is guilty of lying, cheating or plagiarizing,
may either request that the case be judged by the Graduate
Committee on Ethical Conduct or penalize the student by adjusting
the course grade.
"2. If the faculty member feels a more severe penalty is warranted than
the adjustment of the course grade, he or she must refer the case to
the Graduate Committee on Ethical Conduct.
"When a graduate studentís grade has been adjusted because a faculty member
has determined to his or her own satisfaction that the student was guilty of
lying, cheating or plagiarizing, the student may, if he or she feels unfairly
penalized, appeal the grade by following the Grade Appeal
Procedure described elsewhere in this catalog."
"A faculty member who adjusts a student grade because he or she has determined
to his or her own satisfaction that the student was guilty of lying, cheating or
plagiarizing is to immediately notify the graduate dean of this action."
Discipline-Specific Statements of Professional Ethics
Each major professional organization establishes its own ethical standards.
All refer to issues of intellectual honesty as the University does above: "Any
form of dishonesty, including lying, cheating or plagiarizing, will not be
tolerated." Additionally, however, each discipline deals with the unique
aspects of its focus of inquiry, such as the ethical implications of collecting
personal information, dealing with the issues of drug or personal abuse, or
other highly personal and potentially psychologically or emotionally traumatic
issues. Students are personally responsible for conducting their research
within the guidelines of their selected disciplinary concentration. By
enrolling in and attending class students certify that they have read,
understood, and accept the standards of their academic discipline.
American Anthropological Association
Code of Ethics of
the American Anthropological Association
American Historical Association
Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct
Sociological Association's Code of Ethics
Society for American Archaeology
Principles of Archaeological Ethics