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Regular attendance in classes as scheduled by your professor is desirable and expected. Professors communicate at the beginning of each course the schedule of class meetings and the class attendance policies required in the course.
If a student is absent or anticipates an absence, it is the student’s primary responsibility to directly communicate such absences with the professor. A student who misses a class is personally responsible for gathering the information and complete assignments communicated during that class session(s).
We want you to succeed. It is also the policy of the University of Nebraska at Kearney to provide flexible, individualized, and reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities ot those who are pregnant. Students with disabilities find the assistance, information and support they need at Disability Services office of UNK.
The goal at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is to develop an academic community accessible to all individuals while encouraging the skills necessary for independence and self-sufficiency. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student at UNK to identify themselves as an individual with a disability and to provide documentation/verification by a qualified individual.
Admitted students with disabilities are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Learning Strategies Office (308)865-8214 to learn about campus and program accommodations and services available to them.
To know more about UNK's accommodation services for a disability, contact UNK Disabilities Services in the Academic Success Office, 163 Memorial Student Affairs Building, 308-865-8214 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For students needing accommodation due to pregnancy, contact the Student Health.
“Students, like all members of the academic community, have the responsibility to create and support an educational environment. Each member of the community should be treated with respect and dignity. Each has the right to learn. This right imposes a duty not to infringe upon the rights of others. The academic community should assure its members those opportunities, protections and privileges that provide the best climate for learning.”
MBA students are expected to behave professionally at all times. An essential element of career success is professional behavior. While the definition of professional behavior may vary across professions, professional behavior generally includes:
It should be understood that academic performance is not the only criterion for graduation. Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct pertaining to academic course work, professional practice and research activity. As per University policies, breach in ethical conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action, regardless of the student’s prior or current academic performance.
Graduate students are more likely to assume roles as active scholars. With these roles come added responsibilities for academic honesty. For such individuals academic honesty requires an active pursuit of truth, not just an avoidance of falsehood. This pursuit includes but is not limited to:
In cases of alleged academic dishonesty, the instructor shall attempt to discuss the matter with the student and explain the sanction(s) which he/she plans to impose. In the event that the student challenges the allegation of academic dishonesty, or is not satisfied with the sanction(s) imposed by the instructor, the student may file an appeal according to the approved appeal policies of the University of Nebraska Graduate College
Plagiarism by Faculty
The investigation of allegations of plagiarism by a faculty member at any major administrative unit of the University of Nebraska at Kearney shall be the responsibility of the Faculty Senate Professional Conduct Committee.
Plagiarism by Students
The investigation of allegations or student appeals of plagiarism at any major administrative unit in the University of Nebraska at Kearney shall be carried out under the appropriate graduate student appeals process.
Plagiarism is "the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own." As The Economist (April 3, 1997) so eloquently put it, "Forgers sin against authenticity, plagiarists (sin) against originality."
Integrity in Faculty/Student Authorship and Research
The scholarly and professional relationships among students, staff, and faculty shall be characterized by principles of integrity and honesty that reflect credit on themselves, their profession, the Graduate College, the Undergraduate Colleges, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney as a whole.
The prevailing professional standards in the several academic disciplines, where such standards have been formalized, generally constitute acceptable principles governing conduct in the dissemination of material resulting from joint research and writing and artistic efforts. However the absence of such formalized standards does not relieve individuals from the obligations to conduct themselves ethically and within the following guidelines with regard to professional and ethical behavior.
Misconduct in research, writing, and artistic endeavors is defined as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific, artistic, and academic professional communities. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following four categories of fraud or deviance in professional, artistic, and academic behavior: Falsification of Data; Plagiarism; Abuse of Confidentiality; and Deliberate Violations of Regulations.
Unless otherwise specified in policies established by the University, colleges, or departments, or in agreements signed by the parties involved, materials developed exclusively by a student as part of the activities of a course (including thesis or dissertation) are the student’s property and their final disposition remains the student’s prerogative. Should materials so developed result in publication or other dissemination, the authorship or other credit shall be determined by the student. However, if the course activities were funded by a grant or contract awarded for the work to be performed, then these rights belong to the awardee as noted in the following paragraph.
Unless otherwise specified in policies established by the University, colleges, or departments, or stipulated by a grant or contract, data and materials collected or produced by a person while participating in a project funded by a grant or contract shall be the property of, and under the control of, the person(s) to whom the grant or contract was awarded. Should such data or materials result in publication or other dissemination, the authorship or other credit shall be determined by the awardee.
In cases where a grant or contract is awarded to a director of a project, stipulating that substantial work is to be performed by a specified student or staff member, the parties (project director and student, staff, or faculty) may sign a statement assigning rights in a fashion deviating from the above.
Individuals collaborating on research or artistic projects in circumstances not specifically addressed by the above provision are encouraged to discuss, at an early stage, how decisions will be made concerning the use and dissemination of the work, ownership of data and other products of the work, priority in authorship, and other such issues as applicable, and they may wish to formalize their understanding and agreements in writing.
Any claim that these guidelines have been violated should be pursued through the policies and procedures of the Regents of the University of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Faculty Senate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and such individual college policies and procedures as may apply.
Universities are scholarly communities dedicated to the discovery, integration, application, teaching and dissemination of knowledge. As a comprehensive (Master’s) university, UNK embraces this mission at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The University of Nebraska at Kearney emphasizes learning, by both students and faculty, and both within and outside the traditional classroom, lab, or studio. Basic and applied research, and the ennobling of the human condition through creative activity, provide a basis for graduate education at UNK and have a place in every program.
The Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the UNK Research Services Council (RSC) promote student research, scholarship, and creative activity conducted in collaboration with faculty. These activities provide graduate students the opportunity for scholarly exploration and discovery and are viewed as a vital component of a graduate education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Financial support is provided by the RSC for supplies and other material needed for the completion of graduate student research and creative projects. Theses, Field Studies, and Scholarly Studies are eligible for support through the student research programs, with funds being provided for the academic year and summer sessions. In addition, students are encouraged to present their work at professional conferences, and the Graduate Office provides partial funding in support of the associated travel. Interested graduate students should contact a UNK faculty member or the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
Use of Human or Animal Subjects in Research
Any systematic investigation involving human participants which is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge must be reviewed and approved by the IRB (Institutional Review Board) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research. Any use of animals for either research or instructional purposes must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) prior to initiation. This includes investigations conducted by faculty, students, staff or others on the premises of the University of Nebraska at Kearney as well as investigations conducted elsewhere by any representative of the University of Nebraska. This policy applies to both funded and non-funded research projects. For additional information, copies of the guidelines which govern committee decisions, and forms for filing requests for review, contact either Dr. Kathryn Zuckweiler, Director, IRB, Founders 2114 or Dr. Wayne Briner, Chair, IACUC, Copeland 320B.
Additional opportunities for research experience may be gained through the graduate assistantship program. Several departments offer research assistant experiences, with funding often coming from internal and external grants. Such appointments provide excellent opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty in a mentoring relationship. Students should contact their academic department about research assistantships.