Expectations of Students

Students bear a certain level of responsibility for the high quality academic and interpersonal environment at Chestnut Hill College. To ensure successful completion of a graduate program of studies, students are expected to:
1. Notify the Graduate Office of changes in name, address, home and work phone number, and email.
2. Be familiar with all academic and financial policies, as explained in the School of Graduate Studies catalog.
3. Be aware of all relevant schedules and deadlines as published in the School of Graduate Studies Catalog and Term Course Guides.
4. Know and observe regulations and policies of Chestnut Hill College.
5. Obtain an ID photo card and have it validated each term at the Graduate Office.
6. Obtain a parking permit and abide by parking regulations.
7. Read email and regular mail correspondence from the School of Graduate Studies office and check the Chestnut Hill College website regularly for announcements, policy changes, and other information.
8. Meet all financial obligations to the college.
9. Keep copies of SGS catalogs and course syllabi for future reference and for obtaining credentials or license. The College is not able to provide course descriptions indefinitely.
10. Submit all requests pertaining to academic policies and procedures in writing.
11. Complete the “Request to Graduate” form and submit it to the Graduate Registrar by the posted deadline.
12. Notify the School of Graduate Studies, in writing, of any leave of absence longer than three terms.



Cheating violates the deepest convictions of the College community and may be grounds for dismissal. The following acts are examples of cheating, though the list is not exhaustive:
1. Using prepared materials not specifically allowed by the instructor during the taking of an examination, test or quiz, e.g.
Use of material written by another student during the taking of an examination, test or quiz, either with or without his or her knowledge; or
• Use of crib notes; or
• Use of texts and/or supplementary marginal notations in texts; or
• Use of notes written on the surface of the desk at which examination is being taken; or
• Use of unauthorized calculators or any other unauthorized aids.
2. Collaborating during an in-class examination, test or quiz, either in the giving or receiving of information; or, improper collaboration on a take-home examination or laboratory report.
3. Stealing, using or transmitting, verbally or otherwise, actual examinations, tests, quizzes or portions thereof, or other likewise confidential information before or during the time of the exam. Once an exam has been given, however, it becomes part of the public domain.
4. Submitting for a grade in one class any material previously or simultaneously submitted for a grade in another class without documented authorization from both instructors.
5. Taking an examination by proxy.
6. Falsifying of laboratory or research data or results; or falsifying or inventing bibliographical entries for research papers.
7. Willfully aiding or abetting any act of cheating.
8. Willfully aiding or abetting any act of plagiarism.


Every attempt should be made to resolve conflicts directly with the individual(s) involved informally and verbally, before contacting a member of the administration and/or initiating a written report. Effective resolution of conflicts requires that students take the following steps:

Step 1: Speak with the individual directly to express the concern. If the conflict occurs in a
classroom or practicum setting, the student should consult with the instructor/supervisor. However, if it is believed this would exacerbate the situation, the student may proceed directly to Step 2.
Step 2: Consult with the Program Coordinator or Department Chair, who may request written
Step 3: If the attempt to resolve the conflict fails at this level, the Coordinator/Chair will request
written documentation from the student.

This statement must include specific details of the concern, the name of the individual of concern, a summary of steps taken to resolve the conflict thus far, and signature. The Coordinator/Chair may call a meeting with the parties involved.

In preparing to file a grievance, the student should first ascertain if the grievance falls under one of the other procedures for which a specific grievance policy exists. These other procedures include:
• Grade Appeal
• Sexual Harassment
• Plagiarism/Cheating
• Admissions

After attempts to resolve a conflict directly with the individual(s) involved have been unsuccessful and it becomes necessary to initiate a written report (steps 1-3 above), the following procedure will apply.
Step 4: The student must submit the grievance to the appropriate Coordinator/Chair.
Step 5: The Coordinator/Chair determines if the grievance falls under the purview of this policy or under one of the other policies listed above. In the latter case, the grievance will be handled according to the appropriate policy.
Step 6: If the grievance falls under the General Grievance Policy, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the Coordinator/Chair, convenes a subcommittee of 3 faculty members to review the grievance. The subcommittee meets within 30 days of the date on which the grievance has been submitted and arrives at a response. The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies communicates this response to the student with a copy to the Coordinator/Chair.
Step 7: If the student is not satisfied with the response, the student may submit a written appeal to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies within 60 days.
Step 8: After conferring with the departmental subcommittee and the student, the Dean notifies the Coordinator/Chair of the decision prior to notifying the student. If the Dean and the Coordinator/Chair agree on the decision, then the Dean notifies the student, in writing, of the decision. In this case, the decision of the Dean is final. If the Dean and the Coordinator/Chair do not agree on the decision, then the matter is referred to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose decision is final.


Plagiarism is defined as the submission of written work (exams, papers, etc.) that incorporates ideas from another individual and presents these ideas as one’s own without adequate acknowledgment of the source. Plagiarism is a serious offense against academic integrity and may be grounds for dismissal from the program.
The following acts will be deemed acts of plagiarism, though the list is not exhaustive:
1. Presenting published or unpublished work prepared by others, or dictated by others, without appropriate citation, including papers purchased or borrowed from any person or organization;
2. Presenting, without appropriate citation, written or oral reports or exercises copied from or dictated by others;
3. Presenting, as one’s own, homework assignments of any kind copied from or dictated by others;
5. Incorporating formal lecture notes into one’s own work without appropriate citation and presenting them as one’s own;
6. Presenting, without appropriate citation, a computer solution developed by someone else;
7. Copying the ideas, and/or speculations, and/or language of any other person or persons, without appropriate citation, and presenting this as one’s own original work.

If an instructor suspects that a student may have committed plagiarism, the instructor discusses the matter with the student. If discussion does not resolve the matter to the instructor’s satisfaction, the instructor consults with the Program Coordinator or Department Chair. Should the instructor and Coordinator/Chair believe it is warranted, the Coordinator/Chair informs the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, who reviews the matter and, in consultation with instructor and Coordinator/Chair, decides on the appropriate course of action.



Enrolling at Chestnut Hill College is a decision that involves accepting responsibility to meet academic requirements and to exhibit mature and ethical behavior on campus that is consistent with the mission of the college, the School of Graduate Studies statement of philosophy and civil law.
Because Chestnut Hill College is committed to the education of the whole person, disruptive or violent behavior is unacceptable and considered a major violation of college regulations. Unacceptable behavior includes physical and emotional attacks against persons, damage to property, threats of attack against persons or property and use or possession of a weapon. The college reserves the right to dismiss/suspend or impose one or a combination of sanctions on a student or a group who provoke, initiate or participate in campus disorders and/or violent behavior. This is not to deny students the use of legitimate means of communicating dissent; but to guard against the violation of other’s rights and/or the obstruction of the normal operation of the college.
Types of Sanctions
• Warning: notice to the student, orally and/or in writing, that continuation or repetition of the conduct found wrongful may be the cause for more severe disciplinary action.
• Suspension: separation of the student/group from the College for a specified period of time. This could include exclusion from classes, library, computer center and other privileges or college activities.
• Dismissal: termination of student status for an indefinite period. The condition of readmission, if permitted, shall be stated in the order of expulsion or letter of dismissal.

Note: The foregoing examples are illustrative rather than exhaustive. A student given a sanction by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies has the right to appeal. See the Appeals Process section outlined in this catalog.



It is the policy of Chestnut Hill College that no administrator, faculty member, staff member or student shall be subject to sexual harassment by another.

Policy Rationale
Chestnut Hill College values right relationships, respect for all and shared responsibility. Therefore, Chestnut Hill College is committed to fostering an educational and working environment that is free from sexual harassment. In recognition of and respect for the dignity of all at Chestnut Hill College, sexual harassment in any form cannot be tolerated. This policy directly supports our mission in the areas of shared responsibility, social justice, and communal respect. The last decade has witnessed a heightened awareness in our society of the various forms of sexual misconduct; and a deep and sincere concern for the entire College Community prompts us to form a policy on Sexual Harassment.

The College is dedicated to compliance and cooperation with applicable laws and programs of the United States of America. The following policy has been adopted to carry out the intent of laws, to inculcate Chestnut Hill College values into daily professional lives and to integrate the Chestnut Hill College Mission Statement into college policy.

The purpose of this policy is:
• To educate the community on the definition of sexual harassment,
• To outline the steps necessary to deal most effectively with cases involving allegations of sexual harassment, and
• To define the rights and responsibilities for members of the Chestnut Hill College community.

Legal Definition:

Harassment on the bias of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Unwelcome sexual advancements, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
• Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or a condition of an individual’s employment or academic advancement;
• Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting that individual; or
• Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, living or working environment.

Scope Of Policy:
The policy and the procedures set forth herein apply to and cover all members of the college community without exception. The college community includes all administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Members of the college community who are traveling abroad on college business or due to a college course are expected to comply with this policy regardless of local laws and/or customs.

Reporting A Complaint:
All members of the College community, as defined above under Scope of Policy, who believe they may have been subject to sexual harassment, herein Complainants, shall submit their complaint to a Designated Complaint Recipient. Designated Complaint Recipients, herein Recipient(s), are:
• The Assistant to the President for Administration and Special Projects,
• The Vice President for Financial Affairs,
• The Vice President for Student Affairs, and
• The Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The recipient will notify the President of all complaints. The President will confidentially contact the College’s attorney and, with the Recipient, determine the appropriate procedure to follow to ensure timely and confidential resolution to the complaint.

All members of the College community are responsible for ensuring that their conduct does not sexually harass any other member of the College community. This same responsibility extends to employees of third parties who are either doing business with the College or are on the College campus, and to other campus visitors. Further, all members of the College have the responsibility of preventing and eliminating sexual harassment.

If administrators and supervisors know sexual harassment is occurring, receive a complaint of sexual harassment or obtain other information indicating possible sexual harassment, they must take immediate steps to inform a Designated Complaint Recipient to ensure the matter is addressed even if the problem or alleged problem is not within their area of oversight. Faculty, staff, and students likewise must inform a Designated Complaint Recipient if they have reason to believe sexual harassment, as defined above, is occurring.

Individuals who believe that they have been subject to sexual harassment are responsible for informing a Designated Complaint Recipient in a prompt and timely manner. The investigation of possible incidents and early resolution of complaints cannot be effectively accomplished when individuals fail to come forward with their complaint within a reasonable time period. It is the responsibility of each member of the campus community to ensure that such incidents do not go unreported. In internal proceedings, the College in general will not be sympathetic to a defense based on consent when the situation is such that the Respondent had the power to affect the Complainant’s employment status or future prospects.