Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education

Policy on Scholarly Integrity in Graduate and Post-Doctoral Education and Research

Title: Policy on Scholarly Integrity in Graduate and Post-Doctoral Education and Research
Policy Owner: The Graduate Faculty Council
Applies to: Graduate Students
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: March 26, 2014
For More Information, Contact The Graduate School
Contact Information: (860) 486-2182
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu/

 

 

Scholarly activity at the graduate and postdoctoral level takes many forms, including, but not limited to, classroom activity, laboratory or field experience, writing for publication, presentation, and forms of artistic expression. Integrity in all of these activities is of paramount importance, and The Graduate School of the University of Connecticut requires that the highest ethical standards in teaching, learning, research , and service be maintained.Scholarly integrity encompasses “both research integrity and the ethical understanding and skill required of researchers/scholars in domestic, international, and multicultural contexts.” It also addresses “ethical aspects of scholarship that influence the next generation of researchers as teachers, mentors, supervisors, and successful stewards of grant funds” (Council of Graduate Schools, Research and Scholarly Integrity in Graduate Education: A Comprehensive Approach, 2012).

The Graduate Faculty Council, in accordance with the provisions of its By-Laws, has adopted this policy concerning scholarly integrity in graduate education and research and has approved the procedures set forth herein for addressing alleged violations. The Dean of The Graduate School shall coordinate the reporting, investigation, and determination of alleged breaches of scholarly integrity by graduate students in accordance with this policy.

Members of the Graduate Faculty have primary responsibility to foster an environment in which the highest ethical standards prevail. All members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of scholarship, which encompasses activities of teaching, research, and service, and to report any violation of scholarly integrity of which they have knowledge. Instructors have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent scholarly misconduct in their courses and to inform students of course-specific requirements.

Note: Student misconduct other than scholarly misconduct, as defined herein, is governed by the University’s Student Code, which is administered under the direction of the Office of the Provost. Enforcement of its provisions is the responsibility of the Director of Community Standards. At the Health Center, student misconduct other than scholarly misconduct is governed by the Health Center Rules of Conduct.

DEFINITIONS OF SCHOLARLY MISCONDUCT

Scholarly misconduct is broadly defined as a failure to uphold standards of scholarly integrity in teaching, learning, research, or service.

For the purpose of this Policy, scholarly misconduct shall be deemed to include, but not be limited to, the following types of misconduct. The list is not intended to be exhaustive, but does identify major categories of scholarly misconduct, and provides illustrations where appropriate.

  • Cheating involves dishonesty during a course, on an examination required for a particular degree, or at other times during graduate study, e.g., copying the work of another student.
  • Plagiarism involves using another person’s language, thoughts, data, ideas, expressions or other original material without acknowledging the source. (adapted from Council of Writing Program Administrators, Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices, 2003).
  • Distorted reporting involves “any omission or misrepresentation of the information necessary and sufficient to evaluate the validity and significance of research, at the level appropriate to the context in which the research is communicated” (D. Fanelli, Nature 494:149; 2013).
  • Fabrication or Falsification of Grades involves any form of falsification of coursework or tampering with grades, e.g., a student making unauthorized changes to her/his own grades or an instructor consciously misreporting grades of students.
  • Misrepresentation involves taking an examination for another student, submitting work done by another individual as one’s own, submitting the same work for evaluation in two or more courses without prior approval, unauthorized use of previously completed work or research for a thesis, dissertation, or publication, or making false, inaccurate, or misleading claims or statements when applying for admission to the Graduate School or in any scholarly or research activity, including publication.
  • Academic or Research Disruption involves unauthorized possession, use, or destruction of examinations, library materials, laboratory or research supplies or equipment, research data, notebooks, or computer files, or it might involve tampering with, sabotage of, or piracy of computer hardware, computer software, or network components.
  • Fabrication or Falsification in Research involves falsification of, tampering with, or fabricating results or data.
  • Research Violations include violation of protocols governing the use of human or animal subjects, breaches of confidentiality, obstruction of the research progress of another individual, or disregard for applicable University, local, State, or federal regulations.
  • Professional Misconduct involves violation of standards governing the professional conduct of students in particular fields (e.g., pharmacy, nursing, education, counseling, therapy).
  • Deliberate Obstruction involves hindering investigation of any alleged act of scholarly misconduct.
  • Aiding or Abetting involves actions that assist or encourage another individual to plan or commit any act of scholarly misconduct.

A version of this policy was first approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on November 10, 1998. It was amended on April 24, 2013. This version was approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on March 26, 2014.

The Provost’s Professional Internship Program for Public Outreach, Service, and Engagement

Title: The Provost’s Professional Internship Program for Public Outreach, Service, and Engagement
Policy Owner: The Graduate School
Applies to: Graduate Students
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: January 9, 2013
For More Information, Contact Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean
Contact Information: 860-486-3617
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu/

Graduate students are often supported by a graduate assistantship awarded for performing research or teaching functions at the University. The University covers tuition expenses for those students. In addition, the University may cover tuition expenses of students who are funded by a grant that does not cover the cost of the student’s tuition.

The University recognizes the value of supporting graduate student professional development activities that extend beyond on-campus research and teaching. The Provost may determine that the University will cover tuition expenses for graduate students engaged in other activities directly related to the University’s mission and directly aligned to a student’s academic program of study. The circumstances under which the University will cover tuition expenses and provide a health insurance subsidy for such students are very limited and based on compelling evidence that the activity supports important academic objectives, such as professional internships required as an integral component of a graduate educational program. The Provost will evaluate such activities on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria:

  • The substantive focus of the graduate internship must serve a clear public service, public outreach, or engagement purpose.
  • The graduate internship’s objectives must support the academic mission of the University and align directly with the goals of the University’s Academic Plan.
  • The graduate internship must be established as a required component of the academic program in which the participating students are enrolled.
  • It must be demonstrated that the viability of the internship program is threatened if tuition is not covered.
  • The graduate internship must be credit-bearing, be directed by an instructor of record, and must require students to produce an academic work product.
  • The paid internship experience for the student must include compensation equivalent to or higher than that of a Level I graduate assistant for the academic year.
  • The graduate student interns must be placed in a sponsoring organization that provides at least partial support for the graduate student, including paying the student’s stipend and benefits.
  • The graduate students participating in the internship must serve their internships in public or nonprofit organizations with a clear public service mission.
  • The term of tuition coverage associated with a graduate internship will not exceed four semesters per student.
  • The graduate students participating in the internship must be in good academic standing.

For student tuition to be covered and for a health insurance subsidy to be provided by the University under this program, the Dean of the School or College that houses the internship program must present appropriate justification to the Provost.

The academic programs currently included in this program are available here.

Policy on Competitive Non-Federal Graduate Fellowship Awards

Title: Policy on Competitive Non-Federal Graduate Fellowship Awards
Policy Owner: Graduate School
Applies to: Graduate Students
Campus Applicability:  All Campues excluding the School of Law. Includes Masters/PhD. programs at UConn Health
Effective Date: July 17, 2013
For More Information, Contact Graduate School
Contact Information: (860) 486-2182
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu/

 

1. The University is committed to enhancing the number of nationally competitive fellowships and awards from prestigious organizations.

2. While these awards may provide students with a full fellowship and payment of some portion of tuition and/or health insurance premiums, there is often a significant shortfall in the award for coverage of the total cost of tuition and health insurance premiums.

The University of Connecticut has developed this policy to fund the difference between the amount awarded (by the granting agency) and the actual cost to the fellow for tuition and health insurance premiums.  This policy applies to fellowships that provide a stipend equal to or more than a full nine-month UConn graduate assistantship at the level appropriate for the student’s status at the time the award begins.

3. The fellow’s home department will notify the Dean of the Graduate School when a student receives a fellowship eligible for University support under this policy.  For a limited number of students who receive the most prestigious non-federal fellowships, the University will supplement the fellowship to cover the actual cost of tuition and health benefits (but not University fees).

4. The PI or the faculty advisor/graduate student must apply for any cost of education (tuition) and the health insurance premium allowance permitted for that award.  Any institutional allowance or educational allowance accompanying these awards must first be used to cover tuition and then health insurance premiums.  Unless there is a specific statement in the fellowship description, the educational allowance will not be used to pay university fees.

If funds are available after payment of tuition, health insurance premiums and university fees (if allowed by the grant), they can be used to cover any educational allowance specifically identified in the sponsor guidelines for research supplies, equipment, books, travel to meetings, etc.

5. The fellow’s share of the health insurance premium (or the fellow and his/her dependents) will not exceed those currently charged to graduate assistants within the same plan, and must be paid by the fellow.

6. Unless otherwise disallowed, out-of-state students supported on a fellowship under this policy must apply for in-state residency status by the end of the first year. After the first year, only the equivalent of the in-state tuition rate will be covered if the student remains an out-of-state student.  The difference will be the student’s responsibility.

7. Please note that it is not the intention of this policy to supplement University Fees.  University Fees may be paid up to the maximum allowable from the grant if budgeted as an allowable cost on the award.  If there is a shortfall in the grant award for fees, the responsibility to pay the balance will reside with the student.

Applying for In-State Residency

Graduate students who wish to apply for in-state residency status should submit the Application for In-State Tuition form to:

UConn Graduate Admissions Office
Residency Officer
The Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Ext. U-1152
Storrs, CT 06269

The application is available at http://grad.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1635/2015/04/instatetuition.pdf.

______________________________

Kent E. Holsinger

Vice Provost for Graduate Education

and Dean of the Graduate School

 

Policy Adopted:  9-5-12

Policy Revised: 12-14-12, 7-17-13

UConn Degrees Earned by Faculty

Title: UConn Degrees Earned by Faculty
Policy Owner: Graduate Faculty Council
Applies to: Faculty
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: October 28, 1987
For More Information, Contact The Graduate School
Contact Information: (860) 486-3617
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu/

 

University of Connecticut faculty members who hold tenure or a rank higher than instructor leading to tenure ordinarily may not earn a graduate degree at this institution. Exceptions to this policy may be made by the dean of the Graduate School with the advice of the Executive Committee, who must be satisfied that the intended program is in the best interests of the University.

Training Grants – Health Benefits for Fellows

Title: Training Grants – Health Benefits for Fellows
Policy Owner: The Graduate School
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students, Others
Campus Applicability:
Effective Date: September 1, 2003
For More Information, Contact Martha Marroni
Contact Information: (860) 486-0983
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu/

Effective September 2003, the University of Connecticut will offer health and dental insurance to fellows on federal training grants.  This insurance will be the same as that offered to graduate assistants.  Faculty must include this cost in their training grant budget.  The training grant will pay the amount covered by the university for graduate assistants and the fellows will be responsible to pay a portion of the premium.

Post Doctoral Trainees and Fellows, Graduate School Policy on

Title: Post Doctoral Trainees and Fellows, Graduate School Policy on
Policy Owner: The Graduate School
Applies to: Faculty
Campus Applicability: Campuses affected
Effective Date: March 10, 2011
For More Information, Contact The Graduate School
Contact Information: (860) 486-3615
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu/

 
Definitions:

The postdoctoral fellowship period is designed to be a period of research training “for the purpose of gaining scientific, technical, and other professional skills that advance the professional career” (1).

The Graduate School of the University of Connecticut at Storrs defines a postdoctoral fellowship or a postdoctoral traineeship as a training experience for individuals with a Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M., or D.D.S.

The primary focus of a postdoctoral fellowship or traineeship is research or scholarship.

Faculty have a responsibility to mentor postdoctoral trainees and fellows.  The Graduate School will have oversight responsibility.

By definition a training experience is temporary.  Accordingly the duration of a postdoctoral fellowship or traineeship cannot exceed 5 years.  These positions are distinct from non-tenure career positions such as Research Associates, Research Professors, and Professors-in-Residence.

Although both postdoctoral fellows and trainees are in training, those on training grants and fellowships are called trainees.  Those on other sources of funds are called fellows.

Individuals seeking another terminal degree concurrently cannot be a postdoctoral fellow or trainee.

  1. Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers: A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding organizations, and Disciplinary Societies.  National academy of Sciences., National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2000. National Academy Press. Washington, D.C.  http://www4.nationalacademies.org/pd/postdoc.nsf

Compensation:

  • Postdoctoral trainees and postdoctoral fellows should in FY04 and 05 be compensated at a minimum at the rate suggested for National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) trainees with no postdoctoral experience. (The NRSA in FY03 was $34,200 for a trainee with no postdoctoral experience.)
  • In FY06, it will be mandatory that postdoctoral trainees and fellows be offered at least the minimum NRSA rate (as of the date of the policy) for no postdoctoral experience or be given a partial appointment (cannot be less than 50%) so that a 100% appointment would be equal to the minimum NRSA rate.
  • It is recommended that PI’s evaluate performance of postdoctoral fellows and trainees and recommend salary/stipend increases (if warranted) consistent NSRA suggestions

However, it will be the PI’s choice whether to credit postdoctoral fellows or trainees with postdoctoral experience gained at other institutions when an initial appointment is made.

Note Key Phrases:

  1. A postdoctoral fellow is an employee; a postdoctoral trainee is not an employee but receives a stipend.
  2. By definition, a training experience is temporary.
  3. The primary focus&is research and scholarship.

Policy on Competitive Federal Graduate Fellowship Awards

Title: Policy on Competitive Federal Graduate Fellowship Awards
Policy Owner: Vice President for Research/Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean
Applies to: Students
Campus Applicability:  All Campues excluding the School of Law. Includes Masters/PhD. programs at UConn Health
Effective Date: July 17, 2013
For More Information, Contact Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean
Contact Information: (860) 486-2182
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu/

 

  1. The University is committed to enhancing the number of nationally competitive fellowships and awards from federal sources.
  2. While these awards provide students with a full fellowship or trainee stipend, and payment of some portion of tuition and health insurance premiums, there is often a significant shortfall in the award for coverage of the total cost of tuition and health insurance premiums.
  3. The University has developed this policy to fund the difference between the amount awarded (by the granting agency) and the actual cost to the trainee for tuition and health insurance premiums.  The University will provide such supplementation for tuition and health benefits to students who qualify for any competitive federal fellowships, awards and/or training grants.  Examples include:
    • Dept of Ed Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)
    • Dept of Ed Jacob K. Javits Fellowships
    • Dept of Transportation Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships
    • EPA STAR Grants
    • Fulbright Fellowships
    • NASA Graduate Research Fellowships
    • National Academies Ford Fellowships
    • National Defense Science & Engineering Grad Fellowships (NDSEGF)
    • NIH Fellowships for Students with Disabilities
    • NIH Minority Fellowships
    • NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA)
    • NIH Training Grants
    • NIOSH/CDC Training Grants
    • NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
    • NSF Integrative Grad Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Grants
    • USDA National Needs GrantsFor questions about eligibility of non-federally funded national fellowships or grants, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR).
  4. The PI must apply for any cost of education (tuition and fees) and the health insurance premium allowance permitted for that award.  Any institutional allowance or educational allowance accompanying these awards (e.g. NRSA) must first be used to cover tuition, then health insurance premiums, and university fees.  Where the institutional allowance or educational allowance is provided directly to the university (e.g. GAANN), these funds will be deposited in the Office of the VPR.  The tuition, health benefits, etc. will be paid from that fund.If funds are available after payment of tuition, health insurance premiums and university fees (if allowed by the grant), they can be used to cover any educational allowance specifically identified in the sponsor guidelines for research supplies, equipment, books, travel to meetings, etc.
  5. The health insurance premium co-pays for individual (or the individual and his/her dependents) will not exceed those charged to graduate assistants on the graduate assistant health plan.
  6. Unless otherwise disallowed, out-of-state students supported on a fellowship, award and/or training grant must apply for in-state residency status by the end of the first year. After the first year, only the equivalent of the in-state tuition rate will be covered if the student remains an out-of-state student.  The difference will be the student’s responsibility.
  7. Please note that it is not the intention of this policy to supplement university fees.  University fees may be paid up to the maximum allowable from the grant if budgeted as an allowable cost on the award.  If there is a shortfall in the grant award for fees, the responsibility to pay the balance will reside with the student.

Applying for In-State Residency

Graduate students who wish to apply for in-state residency status should submit the Application for In-State Tuition form to:

UConn Graduate Admissions Office
Residency Officer
The Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Ext. U-1152
Storrs, CT 06269

The application is available at http://grad.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1635/2015/04/instatetuition.pdf.

Graduate Academic Programs

Title: Graduate Academic Programs
Policy Owner: Graduate Faculty Council
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students, Others
Campus Applicability: All Campuses, except the School of Law
Effective Date: June 30, 2003
For More Information, Contact The Graduate School
Contact Information: (860) 486-3617
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu

The Graduate School comprises a group of academic disciplines called Fields of Study, some of which contain more focused disciplines called Areas of Concentration. Each Field of Study and Area of Concentration is established by the Graduate School and licensed and accredited by the Board of Governors of Higher Education. When a degree is conferred through the Graduate School, it is in a recognized Field of Study (and, where applicable, Area of Concentration).