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Ethical Standards


IR/PS Expectations for Academic and Professional Conduct

IR/PS aspires to the highest level of academic excellence and promotes the positive enforcement of ethical principles that support our honor code. Students, faculty, lecturers, staff, teaching assistants, and graders are expected to uphold the highest standard of integrity in their academic and professional endeavors. To learn more about our ethical standards, please click on one of the headings listed below.

Honor Code
Academic Conduct
Principles of Community


Honor Code

We, the members of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, have a responsibility as students, faculty, and staff to ensure the highest level of integrity in our academic, social, and professional practices.

As IR/PS students, we are creating the foundation for our futures as international leaders and professionals in government, nonprofit, and private enterprise. We must look to pursue knowledge justly, fairly, and honestly. The value of our education is in understanding that learning is a lifelong commitment. The experiences that we share and the skills that we learn are all the more valuable if we hold ourselves to high ethical and moral standards.

IR/PS must promote leadership, honesty, and integrity. The School community must work together to ensure that these qualities are valued. We must also make a conscious effort to provide our students with the instruction that will prepare them for a professional career. Faculty and staff will honor their responsibilities in teaching and service, and in turn students will reflect this commitment by pursuing leadership, honesty, and integrity in their own academic endeavors. 

This is a personal and professional commitment that we all share as members of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. We pledge ourselves to these ideals and promise to be honest in hearts, minds, and our actions.

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Academic Conduct

Academic violations consist of the following three categories:

Cheating: Cheating includes the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid of assistance or the actual giving or receiving of any unfair advantage on any form of any academic work, or the attempt to do so, including the use of unapproved electronic aids or dictionaries.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism includes the copying of the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and passing them off as one’s own original work, or the attempt to do so. Plagiarism includes paraphrasing without attribution, the use of someone else's data or code, and using another's model or rationalize for a model.

Falsification: Falsification includes the statement of any untruth, either verbally or in writing, with respect to any circumstances relating to one’s academic pursuit, or the attempt to do so. Such acts include, but are not limited to, the forgery of official signatures, tampering of official records, fraudulently adding or deleting information on academic documents, or changing/removing a grade on an assignment.

Course instructors should state the objectives and requirements of each course at the beginning of the term, clearly informing students what kinds of aid and collaboration, if any, on assignments, projects, and examinations are permitted. Students are expected to complete the course requirements in compliance with standards described above. A student who has doubts about how the academic principle applies to any graded assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the instructor before submitting the assignment.

Detailed procedures for the disposition of academic dishonesty cases are fully described in the UCSD General Catalog.

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Principles of Community

Individuals engaged in academic work to promote their professional goals are reminded of the responsibility society places on them to demonstrate ethical behavior and community responsibility. As leaders and policy makers you will establish the standards which others will follow. During your time at IR/PS, you are expected to obey civil laws, comply with campus policies and governances, and demonstrate a respectful level of civil and ethical behavior at all times.

All members of the IR/PS community are expected to follow the principles outlined in the UCSD Principles of Community. Students are expected to comply with the UCSD Student Code of Conduct.

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