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Academic Code of Conduct 

Statement of Principles

The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University is committed to academic honesty and ethical conduct.  Each member of the Peabody community is entrusted with two essential responsibilities: to live honorably within the established codes of conduct, and to hold other members of the community to the same high standard of conduct.

In keeping with the educational mission of the Conservatory, acts of misconduct are viewed first as an opportunity to teach students to recognize the impact of their behavior on others and the extent of their responsibilities for their actions through counseling, mediation, and/or educational efforts.  However, every act of academic misconduct has consequences.

Jurisdiction

The policies and processes of the Peabody Academic Code of Conduct pertain to all students enrolled at the Peabody Institute, including double degree students and joint degree students.  Students from other divisions of the Johns Hopkins University enrolled in classes at the Peabody Institute will be held to the standards enumerated in the Peabody Academic Code but examined in cooperation with the appropriate stakeholders of their home division.

Responsibilities of Students, Faculty, and Staff

All members of the Conservatory community are responsible for maintaining the academic integrity of the institution.  Faculty members are responsible for clarifying the basic rules and procedures for all coursework and for taking appropriate actions in accordance with the Constitution in all cases of suspected violations of academic ethics.

Students enrolled in the Peabody Conservatory assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to an institution of higher education.  A student is obliged to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, threaten the academic integrity of the Conservatory.  Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; misrepresentation of work; multiple submissions of the same work; falsification of an approval signature; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the Conservatory for inclusion in the academic records; and falsification, forgery, alteration, destruction, or misuse of official Conservatory documents or shared information technology resources. Each student is expected to report to the teacher in charge of a course, or to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, any violations of the Academic Code of Conduct. 

Procedures for Suspected Violations of the Academic Code of Conduct

If a professor suspects a student of a possible violation of academic ethics, the professor in charge of the course will review the circumstances promptly with the student.  If, after speaking with the student, the professor believes that a violation of the academic code of conduct has occurred, the professor should contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs as quickly as possible to begin an appropriate documentation of the possible violation and to determine whether the student has a prior record of misconduct.

If the student has no prior record of misconduct on file in the Office of Academic Affairs, a professor has the authority to settle a case with a student.  The student must agree to any penalties imposed by the professor, which is limited to the grade of the course in which the misconduct occurred. Finally, the resolution must be reported to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs who will memorialize the details in a memorandum to the student’s file.

If the student has a prior record of misconduct on file in the Office of Academic Affairs or if the student and professor cannot agree to a settlement, then the professor must render the matter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to adjudicate. Professors should make every effort inform the Associate Dean within one week of the alleged occurrence of academic misconduct in a written brief stating the essential facts of the case.

Procedures for Adjudicating an Accusation of Academic Misconduct

Upon receipt of a charge of a violation of the Academic Code of Conduct, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall serve prompt written notice of the charge on the accused student.  The notice shall contain:

  1. A description of the alleged violation including, insofar as possible, the time, date, and place of the alleged act(s);
  2. A statement informing the student of the right to inspect in advance of a hearing any relevant documentary evidence;
  3. A directive notifying the student of the date, time and place where a hearing into the charges will be held.

The student shall be afforded the opportunity of appearing personally before the Associate Dean in the hearing into the charges will proceed as follows:

  1. The student will be presented an order of business for the hearing, which shall be read into the record.
  2. The student will be advised that the hearing will be recorded.
  3. The charges will be read into the record.
  4. The Associate Dean and the student charged may call witnesses and/or gather evidence as necessary to determine the student’s guilt or innocence. The Associate Dean may exercise judgment as to whether witnesses will be present at the hearing or will meet privately with the Associate Dean.  The student will not necessarily have the opportunity to question witnesses directly, but the Associate Dean may determine that more than one meeting is needed to allow time to re-interview witnesses before rendering a final decision.

If an accused student fails to appear for a hearing without cause, the student will have waived his/her right to appear and the hearing will be conducted in the student’s absence.

Within seven days of a hearing, the Associate Dean must conduct another meeting or render his findings based on the preponderance of the evidence. 

When a student is found responsible for academic misconduct, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may impose a sanction(s) from among the following:

  1. Retake of the examination, paper or exercise involved.
  2. Score of zero on the examination, paper or exercise involved.
  3. Lowering of the course grade.
  4. Loss of Peabody scholarship for a specific duration or permanently.
  5. Failure in the course without a notation on the student’s transcript that the grade was for violation of academic integrity.
  6. Failure in the course with a notation on the student’s transcript that the grade was for violation of academic integrity.
  7. Suspension from the Conservatory for a specified period of time without a notation on the student’s transcript that the grade was for violation of academic integrity.
  8. Suspension from the Conservatory for a specified period of time with a notation on the student’s transcript that the suspension was for violation of academic integrity.
  9. Expulsion from the Conservatory without a notation on the student’s transcript that the grade was for violation of academic integrity.
  10. Expulsion from the Conservatory with a notation on the student’s transcript that the expulsion was for violation of academic integrity.
  11. Revocation of a degree earned at the Johns Hopkins University during the time of the academic misconduct.

If the student is found responsible of academic misconduct, the statement of findings will include any sanctions the Associate Dean has imposed. A copy of the findings will be copied to the Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies.

Appeals

A student found responsible for a violation to the Academic Code of Conduct may appeal the ruling of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  An appeal must be in the form of a written statement delivered to the office of the Senior Associate Dean for Institute Studies within seven days of the finding of responsibility.  The Senior Associate Dean will only consider an appeal that cites a procedural error, new evidence, or a claim of an unduly severe penalty, but has broad discretion to consider the appeal and the evidence presented in the original hearing before presenting her findings in a written decision.

Revised AY 2015-2016​August 2016