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Code of Conduct for Online Class

Code of Conduct for Online Class

Program Requirements and Expectations

Only students who show reasonable promise of success in their career are admitted to this program. In order to continue in the program, students must demonstrate ongoing academic, professional and personal growth.


41301, Title 5, California Code of Regulations

(a) Campus Community Values
The University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy living and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Each member of the campus community should choose behaviors that contribute toward this end. Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and contribute positively to student and university life.

(b) Grounds for Student Discipline
Student behavior that is not consistent with the Student Conduct Code is addressed through an educational process designed to promote safety and good citizenship and, when necessary, impose appropriate consequences.

We strongly recommend students reading details on these expectations, please review the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities website.

Academic Integrity

Institutions of higher education are founded to impart knowledge, seek truth, and encourage one’s development for the good of society. University students shall thus be intellectually and morally obliged to pursue their course of studies with honesty and integrity. Therefore, in preparing and submitting materials for academic courses and in taking examinations, a student shall not yield to cheating or plagiarism, which not only violate academic standards, but also make the offender liable to University penalties and disciplinary action.

Definition of Plagiarism

According to the SDSU Academic Senate Policy, "plagiarism shall be defined as the act of incorporating ideas, words, or specific substance of another, whether purchased, borrowed, or otherwise obtained, and submitting same to the University as one's own work to fulfill academic requirements without giving credit to the appropriate source. Plagiarism shall include but not be limited to (a) submitting work, either in part of in whole, completed by another; (b) omitting footnotes for ideas, statements, facts, or conclusions that belong to another; (c) omitting quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, sentence, or part thereof; (d) close and lengthy paraphrasing of the writings of another; (e) submitting another person's artistic works, such as musical compositions, photographs, paintings, drawings, or sculptures; and (f) submitting as one's own work papers purchased from research companies."

For further information please review SDSU's Policy on Academic Integrity.
Additional resource: See Indiana University’s site on Plagiarism for a description of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Academic Dishonesty

Per Executive Order 1098, any instance of academic dishonesty is reported to the SDSU Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities using this form.
Academic dishonesty is defined by SDSU in this document (under section (b) Grounds for Student Discipline).

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

We make every effort to meet all student accommodation needs for completing the program successfully. All our course websites are designed with accessibility as our top priority.  If you need additional accommodations, please notify the course instructor.

Click this link to access the Student Ability Success Center.

"Incomplete" Status

The Incomplete status is reserved as a seldom-used option for SDSU students experiencing unexpected difficulties affecting their ability to complete course requirements as initially outlined. It is the student's responsibility to communicate with the course instructor regarding issues that might affect their ability to meet the course deadlines. University guidelines specifically state that the decision to continue a student's completion beyond the final calendar day of the particular course shall be used only when the faculty member concludes that a small, clearly identifiable portion of the course requirements cannot be met within the academic term for unforeseen reasons. An Incomplete shall not be assigned when it is necessary for the student to attend or participate in a major portion of the class when it is next offered. An Incomplete is also prohibited where the normal practice requires extension of course requirements beyond the close of a term, e.g., thesis or project-type courses. In such cases use of the RP symbol is required. The conditions for removal of the Incomplete shall be detailed in writing by the instructor and given to the student with a copy placed on file with the Program Coordinator until the Incomplete is removed or the time limit for removal has passed. Contract forms for Incompletes are available at department offices or the Office of the Registrar Web site (under Faculty tab).

Please note: According to University Policy, an Incomplete shall be removed within one year following the end of the term during which it was assigned. If the Incomplete is not removed within the prescribed time limit, it will be counted as a failing grade in calculating grade point averages and progress points.