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Rights and Responsibilities

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is generally defined as any action or inaction which is offensive to the integrity and honesty of the members of the academic community. In addition to the violations enumerated in this article, additional standards and policies may be articulated in the syllabus, in an assignment, or otherwise conveyed as an expectation by the instructor or a member of the ECE staff. It is the responsibility of each student to understand the policies.


Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following actions:

  • Seeking, acquiring, receiving, or giving information about the content or conduct of an examination, knowing that the release of such information has not been authorized;
  • Plagiarizing, whether intentionally or unintentionally, in any assignment;
  • Seeking, using, giving, or obtaining unauthorized assistance or information in any academic assignment or examination;
  • Intentionally giving false information to professors, instructors, or university officials for the purpose of gaining academic advantage;
  • Seeking to gain or to provide an unfair advantage during course registration;
  • Falsifying, altering, or fabricating academic records, forms, or correspondence, including, but not limited to, transcripts, withdrawal forms, degree applications, or letters of recommendation, whether the documents/information are submitted within Emory University or to a third party;
  • Intentionally sabotaging the academic work of another student;
  • Intentionally giving false testimony or evidence or refusing to give evidence when requested by ECE;
  • Harassing, threatening, coercing, or bribing witnesses involved in any Academic Misconduct case;
  • Breaching any duties prescribed by this code.


Students suspected of violating this policy will be contacted by ECE staff. If the reported student is found responsible for academic misconduct, ECE staff may impose the following consequences:

  • An educational program;
  • A verbal reprimand without an entry on the student's Personal Performance Record;
  • A written reprimand with an entry on the student's Personal Performance Record;
  • A zero on the assignment or other penalty to the student’s grade on the assignment or the course;
  • A failing grade in the course, which will appear on the student’s grade record;
  • Permanent exclusion from Emory Continuing Education;
  • Revocation of an Emory Continuing Education certificate that has been previously awarded;
  • Such combination of sanctions or other sanction as may appear appropriate.


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Code of Conduct

Emory Continuing Education expects that all students act honorably, demonstrating a keen sense of ethical conduct. The university expects that its students behave respectfully, providing particular consideration for other people and for property. ECE expects that students act responsibly, being accountable for the safety and well-being of themselves and others. University students are expected to be trustworthy, demonstrating honest character upon which others may rely with confidence.

Although it is neither possible nor necessary to specify every instance of misconduct that could result in disciplinary action against a student, the following are examples of the types of behavior that are considered violations of this Code:

Honor and Ethics

  • Attempting to commit a violation of this Code, or assisting, through act or omission, any person or group with committing or attempting to commit a violation of this Code.
  • Failing to leave a situation where any person is committing or attempting to commit a violation of this Code.
  • Failure to comply with the direction of university officials or law enforcement officials acting in performance of their duties; including failing to identify oneself to these officials when requested to do so.
  • Disrupting the normal operations of Emory Continuing Education (including teaching or business operations) or participating in an activity that infringes on the rights of other members of the university community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled or normal activities within any campus building or area.
  • Misuse of computer or network resources, including but not limited to: use of another individual's identification or password; using computer or network resources to send anonymous, obscene, unwanted, harassing, or abusive messages; using computer or network resources in violation of copyright laws; use of computer or network resources to interfere with the normal operation of the university computer system; or any other violation of policies established by the Office of Information Technology.
  • Violating any Emory Continuing Education rules, regulations, or policies.
  • Violating the Tobacco Free Environment Policy.
  • Violating any government laws or ordinances.

Respect and Consideration

  • Causing physical harm to any person.
  • Engaging in conduct that is likely to cause physical injury or emotional distress or otherwise endanger any person.
  • Threatening, intimidating, or coercing any person.
  • Engaging in lewd or indecent behavior including, but not limited to, public nudity (unless specifically authorized for activities such as theater productions or class).
  • Violating Emory University's Sexual Misconduct Policy

Trustworthiness and Honesty

  • Intentional misrepresentation, including but not limited to:
  • Providing false or misleading information to an Emory Continuing Education official.
  • Manufacture, use, or possession of false documents, identification, or access devices.
  • Impersonating another individual through e-mail, social media, electronic communication, or other means.
  • Being in, on, or using Emory Continuing Education premises or property without express permission from a university official.
  • Misuse of property or services, including but not limited to:
  • Taking, using, or possessing property without the express permission of its owner or utilizing a service without express authorization from its provider.
  • Refusing to return property to its owner when requested or refusing to discontinue the use of a service when requested to by its provider.
  • Transferring or accepting the transfer of property or services that are known to be non-transferrable.
  • Knowingly accepting, using, or possessing improperly obtained property or services.
  • Destroying, damaging, or vandalizing property.


Emory University is an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community dedicated to the ideals of free academic discourse in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Emory University abides by the values of academic freedom and is built on the assumption that contention among different views is positive and necessary for the expansion of knowledge, both for the University itself and as a training ground for society at large. Emory is committed to the widest possible scope for the free circulation of ideas.


It is the policy of Emory University that all employees and students should be able to enjoy and work in an educational environment free from discriminatory harassment. Harassment of any person or group of persons on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or veteran’s status is a form of discrimination specifically prohibited in the Emory University community. Any employee, student, student organization, or person privileged to work or study in the Emory University community who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent exclusion from the University. The scholarly, educational, or artistic content of any written, oral, or other presentation or inquiry shall not be limited by this policy. The preceding provision is liberally construed with the intent that academic freedom shall be allowed to all members of the academic community; however, this provision shall not be used as a pretextual basis for violation of the policy.

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Title IX: Sexual Misconduct


The Emory University community expects all of its members to treat other persons with respect and dignity and will not tolerate any form of sexual assault. Sexual activity should be explicitly agreed upon by all parties. The University shall proceed with disciplinary and/or remedial actions as needed when it appears that the University’s prohibition against any form of sexual abuse has been violated. A student charged with sexual assault may be disciplined under the University’s code of student conduct as well as prosecuted under Georgia’s criminal statutes. The University also has in place procedures to provide emotional and medical support to a victim of sexual assault within the Emory community

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Tobacco-Free Environment


Emory officially became a tobacco-free campus on January 1, 2012, prohibiting smoking and tobacco use by all persons, including students and visitors, on Emory University and Emory Healthcare properties. “Emory property” is defined as:
  • All interior space owned, rented, or leased by Emory;
  • All outside property or grounds owned or wholly leased by Emory, including parking areas – this applies to private vehicles while they are on Emory property and Emory vehicles
Please be aware that the use of all tobacco products is prohibited on our property, grounds, or parking areas. “Tobacco products” are defined as:
  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Pipes
  • All forms of smokeless tobacco
  • Clove cigarettes
  • Any other smoking devices that use tobacco such as hookahs, or simulate the use of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes.
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Weapons / Dangerous Materials


Emory University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its students, staff, and instructors. Accordingly, the possession of firearms or other dangerous weapons at any location is strictly prohibited. Using, possessing, or storing any weapons, fireworks, explosives, or dangerous/flammable chemicals on university premises is forbidden without authorization and/or express permission from a university official.

Web Privacy

In the course of providing you with Web-based services, Emory Continuing Education (ECE) collects and stores certain information automatically through our Web sites. We use this information on an aggregate basis to maintain, enhance or add functionality to our Web-based services. It includes:

  • your Internet location (IP address)
  • which pages on our site you visit
  • the URL of the Web page from which you came to our site
  • which software you use to visit our site and its configuration

This type of data is not personally identifiable.

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The various ECE web sites link to Internet sites and services outside the administrative domain. ECE does not govern the privacy practices of these external sites. Users should read the privacy statements at these sites to determine their practices.


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Changes to our Privacy Policy

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