Conduct Expectations

Professional Conduct

((Adapted from the UW-Madison SMPH Health Profession Programs (non-MD) Professionalism and Misconduct Policy and Professional Behavior Code))

All students in the Graduate/Professional/Capstone Global Health Certificate Program are expected to make good judgments and ethical decisions in academic and professional environments. Students may be disciplined or dismissed from the Program for misconduct or disregard for professional conduct expectations regardless of their academic standing in the Program.

This policy and related guidelines provide uniform guidance to Program students, along with potential repercussions in the event of an infraction.

  1. The Program expects the highest level of academic integrity and professional, ethical, and respectful conduct in all interactions. Students should conduct themselves according to the standards expected of members of the health profession to which they aspire.
  2. All Program students are subject to the rules and regulations contained in the University of Wisconsin System Administrative Code (UWS) chapters 14, 17, and 18, governing student academic and nonacademic conduct and disciplinary procedures, and to all other applicable state and federal laws as well as any Program-specific policies.
  3. Students should avoid even an appearance of improper behavior or lack of ethical standards in their role as health professional students, in all professional settings, and in their personal lives. Students may be disciplined or dismissed from the Program for misconduct or disregard for professional conduct expectations regardless of their academic standing.
  4. In addition to Program level penalties for misconduct or lack of professionalism, a student may face UW-Madison disciplinary action for the same offense as noted in UWS 14, 17, and 18 including probation, suspension, or expulsion.
  5. Students are responsible for reading the information here as well as the information published on all the relevant web sites. Lack of knowledge of this information does not excuse any infraction.

This Professional Behavior Code includes examples of violations; however, it is important to understand that these examples are not all-inclusive, and in fact represent a few brief illustrations. Not all violations are considered equal and the severity of the penalty will determine the sanction. A serious breach of ethics, including dishonest acts, unethical behavior, discrimination, or confidentiality, may lead to prompt dismissal from the program. Every attempt will be made to fairly and consistently apply the Professional Behavior Code in all situations.

  1. Honesty and integrity: Students shall demonstrate honesty and integrity as shown by challenging themselves in academic pursuits; honesty and ethics in research and Institutional Review Board applications—including honesty in interpretation of data and documenting research activities, protecting subject/client confidentiality, and complying with regulations concerning protected health information. Students shall follow-through and pull their weight in group activities and understand where collaboration among students is or is not allowed; not plagiarize others or past work (self-plagiarism), cheat, or purposefully undermine the work of others; and avoid conflicts of interest for the duration of their time in the program. As a professional, honesty and integrity also extends to personal behavior in life outside of the academic setting by realizing that students are representatives of the program, UW-Madison, and the profession as a whole.

 Examples of violations:

  • Plagiarism
  • Falsifying application materials to the university or the professional program
  • Making an assertion that intentionally deceives or misleads
  • Obtaining assistance with coursework submitted as one’s own, copying the answers of another student on an examination or using unauthorized print or technology-assisted resources during an exam
  • Providing another student with unauthorized materials or answers on an examination to aid thatstudent with his/her coursework
  • Denying other studentsauthorized preparatory material
  • Feigning illness or crisis to postponean examination
  • Accessingor having possession of unauthorized medical records when not directly involved in patient care
  • Falsifying patient records
  • Discussing patients in public, including publicareas of hospitals and clinics
  • Failing to be truthful and forthright in all dealingswith patients, faculty, fellow students, staff, and the public
  1. Interpersonal and workplace relationships: Students shall interact with peers, faculty, staff and those they encounter in their professional capacity (g., patients) in a manner that is respectful, considerate, and professional. This includes and is not limited to: attending all scheduled meetings, honoring agreed upon work schedules, being on-time and prepared for work/meetings, contributing collaboratively to the team, keeping lines of communication open, offering prompt response to inquiries, and employing respectful use of available equipment/technology/resources. Chronic or unexplained absences are unprofessional in the workplace and could be grounds for dismissal or removal of funding. To facilitate the free and open exchange of ideas, any criticism shall be offered in a constructive manner, and students shall show respect for a diversity of opinions, perspectives and cultures.

Examples of violations:

  • Interfering with the learning process by belittling a presenter or classmate, carrying on an audible conversation during a lecture or making or receiving cell phone calls
  • Discriminating against, stalking or harassing patients, fellow students, faculty, or staff
  • Making comments, or using humor, with fellow students, instructors, staff, patients and the public in a manner that could be considered offensive or intimidating
  • Engaging in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, unreasonably loud, or other behavior that causes a disturbance on university property, in a clinical setting, in a field-site setting, or in public
  • Arguing for a higher grade after an instructor or clinical preceptor has made a final decision.
  • Interacting with the program or dean’s office staff in a rude or demanding way
  • Dating a patient or otherwise exploiting the trainee/patient relationship
  • Making inappropriate or demeaning references about patients or others, such as appearance, ethnicity, physical appearance, background, intelligence, mental status, etc.
  1. Commitment to learning: Students are expected to meet their educational responsibilities at all times. Be actively prepared for class (henceforth understood to also include learning activities in field-site settings or other non-classroom settings) and be ready for questions and answers. Be on time for every class and always show courtesy during class or if you have to leave class early. If possible, students should notify the instructor at least one day in advance of a planned absence. Students who are unable to attend class are responsible for finding out what occurred that day and should not expect instructors to give them individual instruction. Recognizing that the pursuit of knowledge is a continuous process, students shall show commitment to learning by persevering despite adversity and seeking guidance in order to adapt to change. Students shall strive for academic excellence and pursue and incorporate all critique, both positive and negative, in the acquisition of knowledge in order to understand and respect the community in which they work. Students must meet all obligations for participation in program-based orientations and activities during the clinical rotations or fieldwork experiences.  During preceptorships, clinical rotations, or fieldwork, students are expected to participate at the level required by the preceptors to whom they are assigned. They can anticipate required attendance beyond the usual classroom/clinical schedule in order to fully participate in all patient-care activities.

Examples of violations:

  • Missing or being late for an examination; failure to contact the instructor
  • Attendance or punctuality behaviors for classes, orientations, End of Rotation activities, or any other activities that violate standards set by instructors or preceptors
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs while participating in any educational activities
  • Creating a disturbance in the classroom or clinical setting
  • Failing to contact your preceptor and program faculty/staff for permission to take care of personal business thatinterrupts your program duties
  1. Professional Appearance in the classroom and professional settings: Students represent their Program and profession in the classroom and professional/clinical/field site settings. They shall maintain a physical appearance and personal hygiene that is conducive to developing effective relationships with instructors, faculty, health care providers, preceptors, staff, fellow students, and patients. In the classroom, dress may be casual, but should promote a positive image of the Program. In fieldwork/clinical settings, clothing and appearance should be appropriate for the work environment and professional duties (including safety protocols and protective clothing in environments that require them). When participating in field experiences, cultural norms may dictate additional expectations for dress.

Examples of violations:  

  1. Wearing wrinkled, dirty, or inappropriateclothing
  2. Having offensive body odor
  3. Having an odor of cigarettesmoke or other tobacco products
  4. Continuing to wear jewelry or perfume/cologne despite being notified that it is potentially offensive to patients or clients

Separate and apart from any violation of professional conduct, a student may face School/College/Program/University disciplinary action for academic and/or nonacademic misconduct with regard to the same action. Students are responsible for reading the information here as well as the information published on all the relevant web sites and the standards of conduct associated with their primary degree program(s). Lack of knowledge of this information does not excuse any infraction.

Academic and Nonacademic Misconduct

(Adapted from the UW-Madison SMPH Health Profession Programs (non-MD) Academic Standards Policy and Academic and Nonacademic Misconduct Guidelines)

This Certificate Program, health professional programs and schools/colleges, the Graduate School, and the Division of Student Life all uphold the UW System policies and procedures in place for academic and non-academic misconduct. Furthermore, unprofessional behavior towards clients, subjects, patients, faculty, staff, peers and members of the public are significant issues in the evaluation and promotion of students. We hold expectations for the highest level of academic integrity and expect professional, ethical, and respectful conduct in all interactions.

For successful completion of the certificate, students must meet the following standards:

  • earn a grade of 3.0 or better in courses counting for credit toward the certificate;
  • maintain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or better during and at completion of the program for courses used to meet certificate requirements
  • earn a grade of Credit in all courses graded Credit/No Credit for all courses counting for credit toward the certificate.

Grades of Incomplete, Unsatisfactory, Fail/No Credit, or that otherwise fail to meet conditions set by the Certificate Program may result in required remediation activities, academic probation, a hold on future enrollment, or suspension or dismissal from the program.

In addition to the requirements outlined in this policy, students must meet the academic standards set by their applicable primary degree program. Continuation in the Certificate Program is at the discretion of the Program and the School of Medicine and Public Health.  Failure to meet the Program’s academic expectations can result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the Program. If a student is not making satisfactory progress in regards to academic expectations, the Program will determine if remediation or dismissal is recommended.

Students who have been dismissed from the Program for academic reasons may petition for appeal as set forth in the Appeals Process outlined below.

Academic Misconduct

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are expected to uphold the core values of academic integrity which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

The following information includes examples of Academic and Non-academic Misconduct; however, it is important to understand that these examples are not all-inclusive, and in fact represent a few brief illustrations. Not all violations are considered equal and the severity of the penalty will determine the sanction. Serious offenses may lead to prompt dismissal from the program. Every attempt will be made to fairly and consistently apply the misconduct guidelines in all situations.

Academic misconduct (UWS 14.03(1)) is an act in which a student:

  1. seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation;
  2. uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise;
  3. forges or falsifies academic documents or records;
  4. cheats on an exam;
  5. intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others;
  6. engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student’s academic performance; or,
  7. assists other students in any of these acts.

Examples of violations:

  1. cutting and pasting text from the Web without quotation marks or proper citation
  2. paraphrasing from the Web without crediting the source
  3. using notes or a programmable calculator in an exam when such use is not allowed
  4. using another person’s ideas, words, or research and presenting it as one’s own by not properly crediting the originator
  5. stealing examinations or course materials
  6. changing or creating data in a lab experiment
  7. altering a transcript
  8. signing another person’s name to an attendance sheet
  9. hiding a book knowing that another student needs it to prepare for an assignment
  10. collaboration that is contrary to the stated rules of the course
  11. tampering with a lab experiment or computer program of another student

Nonacademic Misconduct

Students may be disciplined in non-academic matters in the following situations:

  1. conduct which constitutes a serious danger to the personal safety of a member of the university community or guest;
  2. stalking or harassment;
  3. conduct that seriously damages or destroys university property or attempts to damage or destroy university property, or the property of a member of the university community or guest;
  4. conduct that obstructs or seriously impairs university-run or university-authorized activities, or that interferes with or impedes the ability of a member of the university community, or guest, to participate in university-run or university-authorized activities;
  5. unauthorized possession of university property or property of another member of the university community or guest;
  6. acts which violate the provisions of UWS 18, Conduct on University Lands;
  7. knowingly making a false statement to any university employee or agent on a university-related matter, or for refusing to identify oneself to such employee or agent; or,
  8. violating a standard of conduct, or other requirement or restriction imposed in connection with disciplinary action.

Examples of violations:

  1. engaging in conduct that is a crime involving danger to property or persons, as defined in UWS 18.06(22)(d)
  2. attacking or otherwise physically abusing, threatening to physically injure, or physically intimidating a member of the university community or a guest
  3. attacking or throwing rocks or other dangerous objects at law enforcement personnel, or inciting others to do so
  4. selling or delivering a controlled substance, as defined in 161 Wis. Stats., or possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver
  5. removing, tampering with, or otherwise rendering useless university equipment or property intended for use in preserving or protecting the safety of members of the university community, such as fire alarms, fire extinguisher, fire exit signs, first aid equipment, or emergency telephones; or obstructing fire escape routes
  6. preventing or blocking physical entry to or exit from a university building, corridor, or room
  7. engaging in shouted interruptions, whistling, or similar means of interfering with a classroom presentation or a university-sponsored speech or program
  8. obstructing a university officer or employee engaged in the lawful performance of duties
  9. obstructing or interfering with a student engaged in attending classes or participating in university-run or university-authorized activities
  10. knowingly disrupting access to university computing resources or misusing university computing resources


Additional Information Regarding Academic and Nonacademic Misconduct

University of Wisconsin System: Chapter UWS 14: Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures:

University of Wisconsin System: Chapter UWS 17: Student Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures:                                                 

University of Wisconsin System: Chapter UWS 18: Conduct on University Lands:

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards: Academic Integrity:

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards: Academic Misconduct:
Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards: Academic Misconduct Flowchart:

Graduate School Policies & Procedures: Misconduct, Academic:

Graduate School Academic Policy & Procedure: Misconduct, Non-Academic:

Research Misconduct

Research Misconduct ( – responsibleconductofresearch)

Certificate Program students are held to the same standards of responsible conduct of research as faculty and staff. Much of graduate education is carried out not in classrooms, but in laboratories and other research venues, often supported by federal or other external funding sources. Indeed, it is often difficult to distinguish between academic misconduct and cases of research misconduct. At UW–Madison, misconduct in scholarly research is defined as fabrication (making up data), falsification (changing or misreporting data), plagiarism (representing work of others as your own), or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scholarly community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research (Faculty Policy II-314). The Graduate School is responsible for investigating allegations of research misconduct. This is often done in consultation with the Division of Student Life as well as with federal and state agencies to monitor, investigate, determine sanctions, and provide training about the responsible conduct of research. For more information, contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Policy, 333 Bascom Hall, 608-262-1044.

Areas of responsible conduct of research defined by the UW-Madison Graduate School include:

  • animal care and use in research;
  • authorship;
  • conflict of interest;
  • human research protections;
  • intellectual property rights;
  • misconduct of research;
  • patents;
  • research regulatory compliance; and,
  • safety (biological, chemical, radiation).

Additional Information Regarding Responsible Conduct of Research:

Graduate School Policies & Procedures – Responsible Conduct of Research:

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education – Research Ethics:

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education –  Reporting Misconduct:

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education – Responsible Conduct of Research Resources:

Updated August 10, 2017