Student Conduct

Code of Student Conduct

You are expected and required to abide by the laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of Purdue Global, to conduct your academic and scholarly pursuits with the highest levels of ethical and honest behavior, to conduct yourself in accordance with accepted standards of social behavior, to respect the rights of others, and to refrain from any conduct that tends to obstruct the work of the University or to be injurious to the welfare of the University. By violating these general standards of conduct you may be subject to informal actions. If the violation falls within one of the categories of conduct listed below, you may also be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

The following actions constitute conduct for which you may be subject to informal action or disciplinary sanctions:

  1. Dishonesty in connection with any University activity. The expectation to uphold the standards of academic integrity and honesty is a responsibility of every member of the University community. Cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University are examples of dishonesty. Accordingly, the following behaviors will be considered violations of these standards and are subject to disciplinary action as set forth in these procedures.
    1. Cheating: You are expected to adhere to the guidelines provided by instructors for academic work so that you do not gain an unfair advantage. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, study aids, notes, or any other device in any academic exercise will not be tolerated. Unauthorized materials may include anything that or anyone who gives assistance that has not been approved by the instructor in advance.
    2. Plagiarism: 
      1. Using another person’s words, ideas, results, or images without giving appropriate credit to that person; giving the impression that it is your own work.
      2. Copying work, written text, or images from another student, the Internet, or any document without giving due credit to the source of the information.
      3. Purchasing or contracting another person or company to complete coursework, including obtaining a paper from the Internet, from a term paper company, or from another student, and submitting it as your original work.
    3. Fabrication: Intentional and/or unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic exercise. This includes but is not limited to:
      1. The changing and/or manipulation of research data, results, processes, or research record
      2. The omission of results from the research record
      3. The alteration and resubmission of a graded academic exercise, except as permitted by the Coursework Resubmission Policy.
    4. Multiple Submissions: The submission of substantial portions of the same academic work for credit more than once without authorization from the instructor as described in the Coursework Resubmission Policy.
    5. Collusion: Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any regulation governing the standards of academic integrity described in these regulations. You may only collaborate on academic work within the limits prescribed by the instructor.
  2. Theft of, attempted theft of, unauthorized use or possession of, unauthorized exertion of control over, or causing damage to property of any kind belonging to the University, a member of the University community, an onsite visitor, or a person or agency participating in a University activity.
  3. Any conduct that substantially threatens or interferes with the maintenance of appropriate order and discipline in the operation of the University, or any conduct on University property or in connection with a University activity that invades the rights of others. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Inappropriate or profane behavior that causes a disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other Purdue Global activities
    • The use of tobacco/vaping/related products in University buildings, and eating or drinking in the classrooms or any location other than designated areas
    • Bringing animals on to Purdue Global property unless they are assisting the physically impaired or are being used as classroom subjects
    • Bringing children into Purdue Global teaching areas
    • Failure to comply with all emergency evacuation procedures, disregarding safety practices, tampering with fire protection equipment, or violation of any other health and safety rules or regulations
    • Disruptive use of mobile phones or other electronic devices; all personal electronic devices must be in the "off" position while in the classroom
  4. Failure to conduct yourself in a professional manner with University staff and faculty, peers, or clients in an institutional, clinical, externship, or lab setting.
  5. Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting in the performance of their duties including, but not limited to, failing to present identification upon request of a University official acting in the official capacity of his/her position.
  6. Violation of any Purdue Global regulations. This includes, for example, regulations contained in official University publications or announced as administrative policy for a University official or other person authorized by the Chancellor of the University.​
  7. Physical abuse of any person or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any other person, whether or not such conduct occurs on University property. For information about the Sexual Misconduct Policy, please refer to the Additional References section of the Catalog.
  8. Unauthorized entry or access to, or unauthorized use or occupancy of, any University property including, without limitation, lands, buildings, structures, telecommunications, computer or data processing equipment, programs, systems, software, or other facilities or services connected with a University activity. See Responsible Use of University Technology for further details on prohibited activities with respect to University technology.
  9. The use, possession, sale, manufacturing, or distribution of alcohol, illegal drugs, or narcotic or prescription drugs, except as expressly permitted by law. Intentionally or recklessly inhaling or ingesting any substance (e.g., nitrous oxide, glue, paint, etc.) for the purpose or effect of altering your mental state also is prohibited.
  10. The possession, use, or distribution of any explosives, guns, or other deadly or dangerous weapons reasonably calculated to cause bodily injury on University property or in connection with a University activity, unless specifically authorized by the University.

University Violence Prevention

Purdue Global views the health, safety, and security of its students, faculty, staff, campus community, and visitors as its highest priority. To foster an atmosphere that promotes Purdue Global's educational mission, the University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment free of violence and threats of violence on campus, other work sites, and other places where members of the University community are engaged in University-sponsored activities.

Any behavior that is threatening, harassing, intimidating, or in any way dangerous or violent is strictly prohibited, will not be tolerated, and will result in swift remedial action. Any individual who is found to have engaged in such behavior will be subject to discipline, expulsion from Purdue Global, and/or referral to law enforcement authorities.

No individual will be subject to retaliation for making a good-faith report of real or perceived violence or threats of violence. All such behavior must be immediately reported to local law enforcement services and the Office of Student Relations via studentrelations@purdueglobal.edu.

Coursework Resubmission Policy

If you are retaking the same Purdue Global course following an unsuccessful attempt, you may resubmit coursework and papers in their entirety without penalty. You must notify the instructor prior to submission and cite the original date of submission on the work itself.  It is your responsibility to ensure that the previously submitted course materials meet current course requirements.

Citation Example:  This assignment was originally submitted on [Give the date] for [Give the course and the instructor]. 

Resubmission of coursework is only allowed when retaking a Purdue Global course. Repurposing coursework or reusing parts of an assignment or papers for subsequent courses has different requirements.  See the Purdue Global Student Coursework Resubmission Policy Resource for additional information.

The Coursework Resubmission Policy is not applicable to Concord Law School students.

Responsible Use of University Technology

Purdue Global values freedom of expression and encourages diverse viewpoints endemic to an academic institution. At the same time, the University expects you to act in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner when using the University's school facilities, equipment, websites, and systems ("Sites"). Sites include, but are not limited to, the online classroom, online seminars, virtual campus, discussion boards, and internal email system.

To facilitate social networking and to establish a sense of community, some Purdue Global Sites allow you to post your own content or communicate with others. When you use any Sites to post or transmit text, video, audio, or other material ("User Content") for social networking purposes, you agree to accept sole responsibility for your User Content.

Purdue Global Sites are intended to be used for business and educational purposes only. You must agree that your User Content, which includes information posted or communicated that is not considered an educational record under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), may not:

  1. Infringe on the intellectual property, trade secret, privacy, or publicity rights of others or contain copyright-protected material without the written permission of the copyright owner
  2. Contain any material that conflicts with any article of the Student Bill of Rights and/or Code of Student Conduct
  3. Be posted in a false name or the name of another person, or include impersonations of any person, except where such impersonations are obvious and are included exclusively for the purpose of parody
  4. Include illegal material or encourage, solicit, or glorify illegal activity
  5. Contain false statements or misrepresentations
  6. Include commercial advertisements or solicitations, except if the University has specifically authorized their inclusion
  7. Include material that is otherwise objectionable to the University

The University does not have control over and cannot censor all User Content students submit to its Sites or prevent students from uploading or adding inappropriate User Content to its Sites. The University does, however, monitor its Sites to the best of its ability to ensure that students do not submit, upload, add, or exchange any inappropriate User Content to or on its Sites.

If you see or hear inappropriate User Content on Purdue Global Sites, you should promptly report it pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Problem Resolution and Grievance Procedures section.

All Purdue Global Sites and computer equipment, email accounts, facsimile equipment, Internet access, instant messaging, voicemail, and supplies, if provided, are done so exclusively to assist you in your educational activities. You should not expect that computer files, email, voicemail, Internet bookmarks, or any of your User Content are confidential or private, and, therefore, should have no expectation of privacy whatsoever related to your usage of these Sites, to the extent that the information is not considered an educational record under FERPA.

Even when content, such as a message or file, is erased, it may still be possible to recover the message or file. Therefore, the University cannot ensure the privacy of content that is not considered an educational record. Messages sent through the University's email or instant messaging accounts and Purdue Global-owned facsimile equipment, the contents of the hard drives of any computer that is the property of the University, any User Content, and any voicemail messages saved on telephones that are the property of the University may be used in administrative, judicial, or other proceedings such as those resulting from student grievances, even where the information is considered an educational record.

In addition, the University licenses software to support its educational processes. Without express written consent of the University, you are not permitted to copy, remove, alter, or install software on any University equipment. By using the University's computer equipment, software, and communication devices, you knowingly and voluntarily consent to your use of these systems being monitored and acknowledge the University's right to conduct such monitoring.

Violations of the Code of Student Conduct

General

You are expected to conduct yourself as a committed member of the Purdue Global academic community, in compliance with both the spirit and letter of the rights and regulations of the institution. When each member of our community adheres to this commitment, the spirit of academic inquiry and discovery is best preserved for each and all.

A violation of the Code of Student Conduct may result in one or more actions including, but not limited to:

  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Grade reduction
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal

The University's administration will determine the action(s) to be taken based on the severity of the infraction and your prior disciplinary record. 

You may submit a written appeal to the Office of Student Relations within 10 business days of receiving notification of the disciplinary action. All grade-related and plagiarism appeals are to be directed to the Academic Appeals Committee. The appeal must include a General Report/Compliance Form (available from your Student Advisor or a compliance coordinator) and sufficient information to permit fact-finding and investigation.

The Committee will hold a meeting, and you will be notified of the Committee's decision within 5 business days after the meeting.

Dishonesty

Violations involving academic dishonesty may result in the following sanctions, though this order may not be adhered to, depending on the circumstances of the infraction:

  • First offense: Failure of the assignment in which the action occurred
  • Second offense: Failure of the class in which the action occurred
  • Third offense: Suspension or permanent dismissal from the University

All charges are recorded in Purdue Global's database and remain there permanently. All offenses you accumulate while completing a program will be carried over to any subsequent program, if and when you reenroll.

Procedures for processing an allegation of academic dishonesty are as follows:

  1. The instructor notifies you of any charge of academic dishonesty brought against you.
  2. The charge is submitted in writing by the instructor to the Office of the Chief Academic Officer.
  3. The Office of the Chief Academic Officer sends you a copy of the Code of Student Conduct and notification of the charge.
  4. The Office of the Chief Academic Officer, after a full review, sends you and the instructor notification of the findings with regard to the subject charge.
  5. The Office of the Chief Academic Officer maintains a database of academic dishonesty charges.
  6. Please see the University's Academic Appeals Policy for information on how to appeal a charge of academic dishonesty.