Guidelines on Professionalism

Students at Mailman School are expected to demonstrate good judgment and a sense of responsibility, sensitivity, and compassion. These qualities are fundamental characteristics of ethical and professional public health practitioners and researchers. The Student Honor Code and the Guidelines on Professionalism provide standards which are essential to ensuring a student’s suitability to become a public health professional.

Maintaining Honesty and Integrity

  • Students may not obtain, receive, use, or provide any assistance during an examination or other evaluative exercise from any source which is not authorized by the faculty. This shall include the use of electronic devices. Only released examination materials may be used for study or any other purpose.

  • Students may not present for evaluation any work or project which is not exclusively the work of the student(s) being evaluated.

  • Students may not willfully or recklessly misrepresent or report inaccurate data in any academic or research situation.

  • Students may not plagiarize from any paper or presentation. Mailman School faculty will check for authenticity if plagiarism is suspected.

  • Students may not post online, distribute, and/or share information from classes (exam questions, assignments, etc.) without the direct permission of the instructor and/or the person who created/owns the original material.

Respect and Collaboration

  • Students must interact with members of the Mailman School community in a manner which is appropriate, professional, and ethical.

  • Students must not misappropriate or excessively use equipment/supplies/materials/class time and/or space which are intended for the use of the class as a whole.

  • Students must not interfere with the performance of another student on an examination, classroom experience, and/or formal exercise.

Professional Demeanor and Conduct

  • Students are expected to complete assignments on time.

  • Students are expected to attend scheduled lectures unless the course director has indicated that attendance is not mandatory.

  • Students are expected (when possible) to inform faculty in advance of planned absence.

  • Students are expected to arrive to class on time.

  • Students are expected to attend scheduled examinations. In the event that a student cannot attend an examination, the student must inform the Office of Student Affairs. If a student is granted an excused absence from an examination, the course faculty will administer a make-up of the exam at their discretion. The format of the make-up examination is decided by the course faculty.

  • Students are expected to uphold a conducive learning environment and not contribute to the creation of a hostile or less than ideal learning space for all.

  • Students are expected to treat each other, staff, and faculty with the utmost respect and integrity.

  • Students are expected to attend any meeting or required event as prescribed in the Student Handbook or that is deemed necessary by the Leadership at the School.

  • Students are expected to respond to School Leadership, faculty, and other representatives of the University within a timely manner (i.e., a time period of two to three business days).  Students are also expected to attend meetings requested by such personnel unless otherwise excused.