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Graduate Program

Statement on Ethical Behavior

The actions of students and faculty in the program must be guided by high standards of ethical behavior. A primary obligation is being truthful, which includes avoiding fabrication, falsification, cheating or plagiarism. A second obligation is to treat people well and equally, which includes having fair and respectful professional relationships while avoiding abuse of power, bias, and harassment. Repeated or severe ethical violations may justify removal from the program.

The above statement was inspired by the American Physical Society Guidelines on Ethics.

See also the Department of Physics and Astronomy Statement against Discrimination and Harassment.

Rutgers has many policy documents, which can be found here, including policies on sexual harassment and on concensual relationships that are related to this ethical statement.

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Last revised June 15, 2020