Commitment to Ethics and Integrity
Since its founding, the Brennan School of Business has insured that
all its academic programs provide students with an understanding of the concepts and theories of
ethical decision making as well as numerous opportunities to practice and apply those concepts
during their study. This is done through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs,
ranging from case study analyses and service learning courses to student-sponsored lectures and off
campus volunteer programs. The first endowed chair in the Brennan School of Business was designated
by its donors to be the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics. This chair has enabled the business
program to place an ever increasing focus on ethical business practices through annual lectures,
workshops and other faculty and student initiatives which ensure that ethics are taught and
practiced in every part of the curriculum.
Realizing that students who matriculate in the Brennan School of
Business must conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty and
integrity during their course of study, the following academic integrity policy has been developed
to guide their actions.
Whatever the assignment, students are encouraged to engage in critical thinking and to use
quoted or paraphrased material in ways that appropriately support their own ideas. In written or
oral work, a student may make fair use of quotations, ideas, images, etc., that appear in others’
work only if the student gives appropriate credit to the original authors, thinkers, owners or
creators of that work. This includes material found on the Internet and in electronic databases.
Student plagiarism is the deliberate presentation of the writing or thinking of another as the
student's own. Failure to maintain academic integrity will not be tolerated.
The following examples of plagiarism are provided for understanding and clarity:
Inappropriate attribution of sources
• Use of quotation marks, but failure to provide a citation for the material.
• Providing a citation for material, but failure to use quotation marks for material that
appears in others’ work. Quotation marks should be used when three or more consecutive words are
taken directly from others’ work. Exceptions are made for commonly used phrases such as “triple
bottom line” or “corporate social responsibility”.
Paraphrasing others’ work without providing a citation to that work
• Paraphrasing is presenting others’ ideas or thoughts but doing so entirely in one’s
own words. Attribution must always be given in a citation at the end of the paragraph, even if the
name of the author/s is included in the body of the text.
• This entails using others’ material word-for-word and presenting it as one’s own work
without any indication that the words are those of another.
• Simply changing one or two words or phrases does not materially change the character of
this form of plagiarism, which is the most serious.
Whatever the assignment, it must be clear that the student is using the quoted or paraphrased
material in support of his or her own ideas and not taking credit for the quoted/paraphrased
Cheating entails the use of unauthorized or prohibited aids in accomplishing assigned academic
tasks. Obtaining unauthorized help on examinations, using prohibited notes on closed-note
examinations, and depending on others for the writing of essays or the creation of other assigned
work are all forms of cheating. A student who assists another in cheating will be held to the same
Academic dishonesty may also include other acts intended to misrepresent the authorship of
academic work or to undermine the integrity of the classroom or of grades assigned for academic
work. Deliberate acts threatening the integrity of library materials or the smooth operation of
laboratories are among possible acts of academic dishonesty.
Sanctions for Violation of Academic Integrity
If an instructor determines that a student has violated the academic integrity policy, the
instructor may choose to impose a sanction, ranging from refusal to accept a work product, to a
grade of “F” for the assignment, to a grade of “F” for the course. When a sanction has been
imposed, the instructor will inform the student in writing. The instructor must also inform the
student that she/he has the right to appeal this sanction, and refer the student to the academic
appeals process described below.
Whenever a sanction is imposed, regardless of its severity, the instructor will send written
notification to the dean of the Brennan School of Business. The dean will note whether a student
has committed multiple violations of the academic integrity policy over time, and in such cases the
dean may impose further sanctions, including suspension or expulsion from the university.
Academic Appeals Process
Any disagreement with regard to academic procedures, including cases of alleged violation of
academic integrity policies and final grades, should first be raised with the instructor. If this
does not settle the matter satisfactorily, it should be taken up with the dean of the Brennan
School of Business. If the issue is not resolved, the student has the right to present the issue in
writing to the Curriculum Committee of the Brennan School of Business, which is composed of all
full-time faculty members. To do this, the student must provide a written statement of the issue to
the dean, who will then place it on the agenda for the Curriculum Committee to review. The faculty
member involved in the appeal may also choose to present a written statement. The decision of the
Curriculum Committee will be provided in writing to the student. All appeals must be made before
the last day of the semester following the term in which the disputed issue arose.
The following grades and their grade-point
equivalents are recorded in the graduate programs:
A = 4.00
A- = 3.67
B+ = 3.33
B = 3.00
B- = 2.67
C+ = 2.33
C = 2.00
C- = 1.67
F = 0.00
If a student repeats a course, the lower
grade will not be counted in the calculation of the student’s cumulative grade-point average. Both
grades, however, will be reflected on the student’s transcript.
The grade of Incomplete (I) may be given at
the discretion of the instructor for work of acceptable quality that is unfinished at the close of
the term due to serious illness or other extraordinary unforeseen circumstances. A student must
request this grade from the instructor. In consultation, the student and instructor will set up a
plan of completion that will allow the student to resolve the Incomplete by the end of the
following term. At that time, the instructor will report a grade within the ordinary range of
scholarship, a grade of “F” or a grade of “No Credit.” No more than six hours of Incomplete grades
may be accumulated at one time. Students with six hours of Incomplete grades will be restricted
from further registration until incomplete course work is resolved.
Students are subject to the degree requirements in effect when they matriculate, which is the
first semester they attend classes. Students may elect to be subject to any subsequent changes in
requirements. A degree may be conferred upon a candidate who has met the following
• Satisfactory completion of all required hours of credit, taking into consideration course
waivers allowed and transfer credits accepted;
•Attainment of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0;
• Submission of an application for graduation to the Office of the Registrar; and
• Payment of all fees, including the graduation fee.
Students are expected to complete their
graduate degree within a six-year time frame and they are encouraged to meet with their academic
advisor for assistance in developing a degree completion plan. Those requiring an extended period
of study must meet with the dean to structure a schedule of completion for their degree. Students
who wish to return after an absence of more than five years without reapplying as a new student
must obtain approval from the dean. Those permitted to return will be subject to the program
curriculum in effect at the time of their return.
Probation and Dismissal
A student is placed on probation if his or her
cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 3.0 after at least three courses. A student on
probation will be restricted to one course per semester until the cumulative GPA reaches a 3.0. If
a cumulative GPA of 3.0 has not been reached after the completion of two additional courses, the
student will be subject to dismissal. A student who has been dismissed must wait at least one
semester before reapplying for admission. Dominican University reserves the right to deny
registration to any student who, in the opinion of the administration, is not progressing
satisfactorily toward a degree or who, for other reasons, is deemed unsuitable for the program. For
purposes of this policy on probation and dismissal, only graduate business courses completed at
Dominican University will be considered in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.