Graduate Student Code of Conduct


Graduate students and graduate faculty aspire to professional behavior that is consistent with the highest ethical and moral standards.  The Graduate Division of Western New Mexico University expects that graduate students will demonstrate responsibility and integrity in pursuing their creative and scholarly interests.  The academic enterprise is dependent upon such behavior.  Graduate students are responsible for learning about appropriate standards for ethical research and scholarly conduct and for following all university policies related to ethical research and scholarly conduct. (The Ohio State University “Graduate Student Code of Research and Scholarly Conduct.”)


Graduate students are expected to learn, respect, and abide by the WNMU Code of Conduct and the the professional codes of ethics and responsibilities that are commonly accepted in their field of study or area of research.  These codes include but are not limited to the following: 


  1. Compliance with the rules, regulations, and expectations of WNMU and the Graduate Division.
  2. Honesty and integrity in all transactions.
  3. Respectful and professional behavior toward all WNMU faculty, staff, and students.
  4. Pursuit of issue resolution through appropriate channels.
  5. Self-control.
  6. Acceptance of responsibility for one’s own actions.
  7. Recognition that one’s work is based on the work of others which must be respected and properly acknowledged.
  8. Willingness to be supervised and accept constructive criticism.
  9. Support of and contribution to the betterment of the Graduate Program in which enrolled.


Faculty members should educate graduate students through example and discussion, addressing such issues as academic honesty, research, publication, recruitment, and hiring practices.  Disciplinary codes of ethics and norms should be discussed among graduate students and faculty.  Such communication is a means of setting high standards of behavior in graduate study and beyond.


All students attending WNMU, including those who have disabilities, are subject to all federal, state, city, and WNMU laws, regulations, and rules.


WNMU recognizes its responsibility to the individual student, to the state, and to the communities of which its students are members.  It maintains, therefore, a policy of disapproving those types of behavior which violate the standards of acceptable conduct.  Continued misconduct of any type may cause a student’s suspension or permanent dismissal.


WNMU will cooperate with duly constituted legal authorities when a student is involved in violations of the law.


Students who are arrested by law enforcement officers and who are subsequently convicted for law violations may be subject to disciplinary action imposed by the University including warning, censure, restitution, probation, suspension and expulsion as the individual case warrants.


Students who commit or attempt to commit any of the following acts of misconduct shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures and sanctions:


  1. Obstruction or disruption, by any means, of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other University or University-authorized functions, events, or activities.
  2. Unauthorized or prohibited entry into or onto, or unauthorized or prohibited occupation or use of, any University facility, building, vehicle, or other University property.
  3. Physical abuse, the threat of physical abuse, or intimidation of any person on campus or at any University-authorized function or event, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health, freedom of action, or safety of any such person;
  4. Theft of, or damage to, or defacement of property of University or the property of any person on campus.
  5. Denial of, or interference with any person’s lawful right of access to, use of, or exit from any University facility or with any other lawful right of any person on campus.
  6. The destruction of, or damage to, property of the University or of others on campus by setting fire.
  7. Use or possession on the campus of firearms, ammunition, or other dangerous weapons, substances, or materials, or of bombs, explosives, or incendiary devices, except as authorized.
  8. Forgery or alteration or destruction of University documents or furnishings of an intentionally falsified information document submitted to the University or making intentionally false accusations against any member of the University by filing a complaint or charges under these rules.
  9. The repeated use of obscene or abusive language in a classroom or public meeting where such language is beyond the bounds of generally accepted good taste and which, if in a class, is not significantly related to the teaching of the subject; the use of obscene or abusive language against another member of the University, faculty, staff, or students.
  10. Disorderly, lewd, or indecent conduct occurring on campus or at a University-recognized or University-sponsored activity off campus.
  11. Aid to others in committing or inciting others to commit any act of misconduct set forth above.
  12. Any act that demonstrates the probability that the person constitutes a physical danger to himself or herself or others on campus.
  13. Willfully refusing or failing to leave the property of, or any building or other facility owned, operated, or controlled by the Board of Regents upon being requested to do so by the President, if the person is committing, threatening to commit, or inciting others to commit, any act which would disrupt, impair, interfere with or obstruct the lawful mission, processes, procedures, or functions of the University.  As used here, “President” means the President (or acting President) of the University or any person or persons designated by him/her to act on his/her behalf.
  14. Consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus except as specifically authorized as outlined in policy.
  15. Any other acts or omissions which affect adversely the University’s public image, its education function, disrupt community living on campus, interfere with the rights of others to the pursuit of their education, or affect adversely the processes of the University.


Additionally, graduate students are expected to be familiar with relevant policies and procedures at Western New Mexico University, which are listed below:


WNMU Student Handbook



WNMU Board of Regents Manual

  • Alcohol and Drug Policy
  • Communicable Disease Policy
  • Equal Education and Equal Employment Policy
  • Language Policy
  • Racism Policy
  • Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Weapons Policy