Graduate Students & Post-Docs

The University of Connecticut is a research-intensive institution that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and unites faculty with students in forward-looking scholarly work, the University of Connecticut offers 17 graduate degrees in more than 80 fields of study.

The Graduate School’s many highly ranked programs attract renowned faculty who serve as mentors and pursue innovative research endeavors with the support of grants in diverse areas of social and physical sciences as well as the arts and humanities.

Integrity of Graduate Education

The Graduate School is charged with maintaining the integrity of graduate education at the University. The Graduate School investigates allegations of Graduate Student or Post-Doc research/scholarly/academic misconduct. Allegations of misconduct may be reported from any member of the University of Connecticut community to the Dean of the Graduate School.

LINK: Contact the Graduate School

Examples of misconduct may take any of the forms below:


Cheating could occur during a course (e.g., on a final examination), on an examination required for a particular degree (e.g., the doctoral General Examination, the Final Examination for the master’s or the doctoral degree, or a foreign language translation test), or at other times during graduate study.


Plagiarism involves taking the thoughts, words, or ideas of others and passing them off as one’s own.


Misprepresentation could involve, for example, taking an examination for another student; submitting for evaluation work done by another individual; submitting
the same work for evaluation in two or more courses without prior approval; unauthorized use of previously completed scholarly 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.

Unauthorized Possession, Use, or Destruction of Academic or Research Material

Unauthorized possession, use, or destruction of academic or research materials which include, for example, examinations, library materials, laboratory or research supplies or equipment, research data, notebooks, or computer files.

Computer Violations

Computer violations include but may not be limited to unauthorized use, tampering, sabotage, or piracy of computer files or data and the like.

Fabrication or Falsification in Research

Fabrication or falsification in research could involve, for example, de- liberate falsification of experimental results or tampering in any way with actual experimental results or research data.

Research Violations

Research violations involving, for example, human subject violations (including ethical and social violations), animal care violations, inappropriate breaches of confidentiality, deliberate obstruction of the re- search progress of another individual, or deliberate disregard for applicable University, local, State, or federal regulations.

Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest such as, for example, unauthorized use of University or faculty academic or research facilities, materials, or resources for unapproved purposes; or allowing or attempting to use personal relationships (academic or otherwise) between a graduate student and any member of the University community to influence improperly academic judgments, scholarly evaluations, or decision making.


Tampering with any document or computer file pertaining to academics or re- search, including, for example, student academic records, official transcripts, laboratory
journals, examination papers, and the like.

Attempt to Influence Improperly

Any attempt to influence improperly, for example, by means of bribery or threat, any member of the faculty, the staff, or the administration of the University in any matter pertaining to academics or re- search.

Aiding or Abetting

Aiding or abetting another individual in the planning or the commission of any act of academic misconduct.

Impropriety or Act of Misconduct Committed by a Graduate Student in a Teaching Role

Any impropriety or act of misconduct committed by a graduate student in a teaching role in the University, such as requesting or accepting a favor in exchange
for a grade or engaging in any form of sexual harassment.

Deliberate Obstruction

Deliberate obstruction of an investigation of any act of academic or research misconduct.

All policies and procedures of the Graduate School may be found within the University of Connecticut Graduate School Catalog. Graduate Students and Post-Docs are also required to abide by the University of Connecticut Code of Conduct.

LINK: Graduate Catalog

LINK: Code of Conduct