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Academic Policies

adherence to the core values

Students in the Carroll Graduate School of Management are expected to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct as outlined in the Core Values. Any student who violates these Core Values is subject to consequences ranging from a reprimand to dismissal from the University. Faculty members, staff members or students who detect any form of violation have the responsibility to take appropriate action. Individuals detecting violations of the Core Values should bring the violation to a faculty member's attention, to the attention of the appropriate director or to the attention of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.

Faculty members and directors have the responsibility to report all incidents to the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in writing. If in consultation with the Associate Dean the incident is deemed to be of a minor nature, the faculty member or director may handle the matter themselves and communicate the repercussions appropriate to the violation. If the incident is deemed to be serious or if there have been any prior violations, the Committee on Professional Standards will be convened. The Committee on Professional Standards will conduct a hearing on the matter and, if the student is found responsible, shall recommend a sanction to the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, who may accept the recommendations or reduce the recommended sanction, but not increase it. The report of the Committee on Professional Standards shall remain in the offending student's file for up to five years beyond the date of his/her graduation.

Professional conduct is a very important issue in the graduate programs. Any questions with respect to these standards should be discussed with a professor or appropriate administrator.

COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS PROCEDURES
The Committee on Professional Standards will be responsible for hearing all complaints. The committee will meet monthly or more frequently if needed. If a student is alleged to have violated the Core Values the student may prepare a statement, collect any documents and other supporting material, enlist the help of an adviser to be present at the hearing, and to ask other members of the community to serve as character witnesses. The Committee will adjudicate the case. A majority of the Committee members must conclude that the evidence presented constitutes a clear violation of the Core Values. If that is the Committee’s finding, a determination of the appropriate sanction is then made. Any student sanctioned by the Committee may appeal to the Dean of the Carroll School of Management

STANDING IN THE COMMUNITY
A student who accepts and adheres to the Core Values of the Carroll Graduate School of Management will remain in good standing. If a student fails to adhere to these Core Values, she/he may be sanctioned by the Committee on Professional Standards. Any sanction must bear a reasonable relationship to the severity of the breach involved. Possible sanctions include: reduction in grade for an assignment or course, letter of reprimand, probation, reduction or revocation of a scholarship award, suspension, or expulsion; in addition, the Committee on Professional Standards may recommend exclusion from specified extracurricular activities and services.

COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMPOSITION
The Committee on Professional Standards will be comprised of three individuals on a permanent basis – the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, and the Core Faculty Chair. In addition, this group will be supplemented each year by two faculty members and two graduate students chosen jointly by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and the President of the Graduate Management Association.

ACADEMIC GRIEVANCES
Students have the right to know the components of a course on which a final grade will be based, to be graded fairly in relation to the other students in the course, and to understand why a particular grade was given. The instructor has the right to determine which course components will be graded and the weight that will be given to each, the right to determine the grading scale to be employed, and the responsibility to grade students consistently on that scale. The professor is also expected to provide a syllabus for each course, specifying dates for assignments and examinations, and the weight given to each course component determining the final grade.

A student should resolve problems in the manner in which grades have been awarded or on the academic practices of an instructor by direct and immediate contact with the instructor. In the rare case of an unresolved question, the student should first refer the matter in an informal manner to the chairperson or director of the appropriate department or program. A formal appeal of a course grade, which ought not be undertaken lightly by the student nor lightly dismissed by an instructor, should be made no later than the sixth week of the following semester. In making a formal appeal, a student files a written statement with the department chairperson or program director and thereafter the appeal is handled by the Academic Review Board.

ACADEMIC STANDING
In the Carroll School of Management, an MBA, MSF or MSA student must maintain a cumulative average of 2.67 or higher in their course work to be eligible to graduate. MBA students who receive grades of C or less in five courses are subject to review by the Academic Review Board and may be required to withdraw from the program. MBA students who receive three or more F's are automatically dropped from degree candidacy. MSF and MSA students who receive grades of C or less in three courses are subject to review by the Academic Review Board and may be required to withdraw from the program. MSF and MSA students who receive two or more F's are automatically dropped from degree candidacy.