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Graduate Catalog 2015-16


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville maintains fair and reasonable practices in all matters affecting students: the delivery of educational programs, provision of support services, and timely resolution of disciplinary matters and the handling of grievances. In addition, the University endorses the basic principles of the codes of ethics issued by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Information regarding fair practices can be obtained from the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the Office of Institutional Compliance.


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is dedicated to learning and research, and hence is committed to truth and accuracy. Integrity and intellectual honesty in scholarship and scientific investigation are of paramount importance. The faculty, staff, and students are responsible for maintaining high ethical standards of professional integrity.

SIUE considers any of the following to be a breach of professional standards of competence and responsibility: 1. Fabrication or falsification of data, including intentionally misleading selective reporting. 2. Plagiarism, breach of confidentiality with respect to unpublished material, violations of accepted standards regarding submission and publication of scholarly works, and other misrepresentations of originality. 3. Failure to comply with research regulations, such as those applying to human subjects, laboratory animals, and standards of safety. 4. Any other conduct which seriously conflicts with accepted ethical standards in research and scholarship. See for more information.


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity for all persons as regards to its academic and educational programs and services offered to the University Community. SIUE administers its activities, programs, services, and educational and employment opportunities without regard to age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other prohibited categories.

SIUE complies in letter and spirit with appropriate federal and state legislation prohibiting discrimination including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Anyone seeking more information concerning SIUE's Affirmative Action Plan and equal opportunity should contact Mr. Paul Pitts, ( Assistant Chancellor for Institutional Compliance, Room 3310, Rendleman Hall, Box 1025, Edwardsville, IL, 62026-1025, (618)650-2333.


Students enrolling in the University assume responsibility for conduct compatible with the learning environment of the University. Students are expected to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code and the Student Academic Code. These documents describe the University's expectations for student social and academic conduct, the process utilized for adjudicating alleged violations, and sanctions that may be imposed for violation of the standards.

The University gives high priority to matters of academic ethics and abhors all types of cheating, including plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as including, without limitations, the act of representing the work of another as one's own. It may consist of copying, paraphrasing, or otherwise using the written, electronic, or oral work of another without proper acknowledgment or consent of the source or presenting oral, electronic, or written material prepared by another as one's own. Plagiarism also includes using information from electronic resources, including the Internet, without the use of citations.

Instructors may impose sanctions for academic cheating in accordance with the Student Academic Code. Sanctions, which may be imposed for violation of the Student Academic Code, range from a failing grade on an individual assignment through separation from the University. Students who have questions relative to academic ethics and academic misconduct should consult with their advisers or instructors.

Copies of the Student Conduct Code and Student Academic Code are available in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, The Graduate School, The Office of Admissions, and the Office of the Dean in the School of Dental Medicine. Also see


Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, all students have the right to inspect and review their official University records in accordance with provisions of the aforementioned act and within the University guidelines. Inquiries regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

In addition, the University, through the Registrar and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, may make accessible to any person directory information concerning students. Directory information consists of the following: name, local address, home town address, e-mail address, date of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized sports, weight or height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance at SIUE, degrees or awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.

In cases where students have filed timely written notice that they object to the release of directory information, the information will not be released to any person except University personnel who, because of their educational function or research, have a legitimate need for access to such information, or to other persons as required or permitted by law. The notification must be in the form of a letter to the Registrar or by completion of a Directory Information Release Action Request Form. Such objection must be filed as directed by the notice published in The Alestle at the beginning of the academic term in which it is to be effective and, once effective, it remains so until a written cancellation is filed with the Registrar.

Further, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, applicants and students are advised that the requested disclosure of their social security number is voluntary. The social security number generally is used as the student identification number to avoid the assignment of a similar but University-originated number. Students retain the social security number or the University-originated number for the duration of their affiliation with the University. Social security numbers or University-originated numbers will be used to identify the permanent records of students, such as registration, program changes, transcript requests, and certification requests. Students applying for Pell Grants or Guaranteed Student Loans are required to provide their social security numbers to the appropriate federal agencies; students applying for other Title IV federal student aid programs are requested to submit their social security numbers. Social security numbers may be used to determine eligibility for financial assistance, student status, and school attendance.



The University Religious Observances Act (110 ILCS 110) prohibits public institutions of higher education from discriminating against students for observing religious holidays in regard to admissions, class attendance and scheduling of examinations and work requirements. A student who believes that he or she has not been reasonably accommodated may seek redress directly with the professor of the class or supervisor. If the grievance is not resolved, the student may file a student grievance pursuant to the Student Grievance Code. Personnel matters will be referred through the channels of the unit in which the student is employed. Under the Act, "religious observance" or "religious practice" includes all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief.


Sexual harassment will not be tolerated at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It is prohibited by law and conflicts with the policies and interests of the University. Therefore, no member of the University community shall engage in sexual harassment. Students may receive a copy of the University's Sexual Harassment Policy from the Office of Institutional Compliance, Room 3316, Rendleman Hall, or online at


The Illinois General Assembly has recently adopted new statutory requirements affecting all institutions of higher education in the State of Illinois relating to campus violence prevention. Specifically, the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 mandates all institutions of higher education to create a campus violence prevention plan and training program. In response to this statutory mandate, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ("University") has developed a campus violence prevention plan which sets forth violence prevention strategies, measures, policies and programs for the purpose of preventing violence and enhancing safety on campus. This plan incorporates the statutory requirements which include the plan itself, the formation of a violence prevention committee and training/notification procedures for the campus community.

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