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BA/MD Professionalism Policy

Upon admission to the BA/MD Program, BA/MD students are expected to conduct themselves professionally. The role of a professional encompasses more than just satisfactory acquisition of knowledge in courses. The professional must exhibit personal and professional behaviors, including but not limited to honesty, integrity, and respect for others. Professionalism requires that an individual use practical judgment to determine how to behave in a variety of particular, often unpredictable, situations. When an individual is unsure which course of action is appropriate and professional in a given situation, consultation with BA/MD faculty and/or staff is strongly advised. Finally, professionalism also includes the timely meeting of student responsibilities related to program deadlines and requirements.

Professional Lapses

If a student behaves in an unprofessional manner, as deemed by the Program, with adherence to UNM policy, the incident will be recorded and placed in the student’s permanent undergraduate program record. If a student attains three such professional lapses, the student will be required to appear before the CCSP Eligibility & Professionalism subcommittee. If a student commits a severe lapse in professional judgment, as deemed by the Program, with adherence to UNM policy, the student will be required to appear before the CCSP Eligibility & Professionalism subcommittee, even if the student has no prior record of professional lapses. The CCSP E&P subcommittee will determine the appropriate academic consequence. Academic consequences will be appropriately matched to the professional lapse. 

The following are examples of academic consequences enforced in response to professional lapses. This list is not all encompassing:

  • Receiving a written warning or sanction.
  • Forfeiting professional or academic opportunities
  • Requiring the student to undergo special training
  • Placing the student on academic probation or suspension
  • Dismissing the student from the BA/MD program

A student who disagrees with the CCSP Eligibility & Professionalism subcommittee’s decision is entitled to appeal that decision. Please see the BA/MD Due Process policy for more information.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic integrity is an essential part of the pursuit of truth, and of your education.  We are all responsible for maintaining academic integrity in the BA/MD Program– it is the rock on which the value of your degree is built.

If you cheat on a test or plagiarize by using someone else's work or ideas, you defeat the purpose of your education.  In addition, academic dishonesty is prohibited and is punishable by failing grades and/or expulsion from the BA/MD Program and UNM.

If any incidents of academic dishonesty are reported to the Program, the student(s) will be required to appear before CCSP Eligibility & Professionalism subcommittee, even if the student has no prior record of professional lapses. In addition, the Program will request the faculty member to report the incident to the UNM Dean of Students Office who handles and records for the University. The incident will be recorded in the students’ permanent file in both the Program and UNM Dean of Students office.

An academic consequence will be enforced in response to the academic dishonesty incident. The student may be released from the BA/MD Program. The Program’s response of the academic consequence will affect the student’s status in the BA/MD Program; however the student’s status at the University of New Mexico will be determined by the Dean of Students office.

Please refer to the BA/MD Program’s Due Process Policy for more information about appealing any action from the CCSP Eligibility & Professionalism subcommittee.


Definitions and Examples of Academic Dishonesty

Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during academic exercise. The following are some examples of cheating, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:

  • Copying from another student during an examination or allowing another to copy your work.
  • Unauthorized collaboration on a take home assignment or examination.
  • Using notes during a closed book examination.
  • Taking an examination for another student, or asking or allowing another student to take an examination for you.
  • Changing a graded exam and returning it for more credit.
  • Submitting substantial portions of the same paper to more than one course without consulting with each instructor.
  • Preparing answers or writing notes in a blue book (exam booklet) before an examination.
  • Allowing others to research and write assigned papers or do assigned projects, including use of commercial term paper services.
  • Giving assistance to acts of academic misconduct/dishonesty.
  • Fabricating data (all or in part).
  • Submitting someone else’s work as your own.
  • Unauthorized use during an examination of any electronic devices such as cell phones, palm pilots, computers or other technologies to retrieve or send information.

Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writings as your own. The following are some examples of plagiarism, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:

  • Copying another person’s actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source.
  • Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source.
  • Using information that is not common knowledge without acknowledging the source.
  • Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments.
  • Internet Plagiarism includes submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, and “cutting and pasting” from various sources without proper attribution.

Obtaining Unfair Advantage is any activity that intentionally or unintentionally gives the student an unfair advantage in his/her academic work over another student. The following are some samples of obtaining an unfair advantage but by no means is it an exhaustive list:

  • Stealing, reproducing, circulating, or otherwise gaining advance access to examination materials.
  • Depriving other students of access to library materials by stealing, destroying, defacing, or concealing them.
  • Retaining, using or circulating examination materials which clearly indicate that they should be returned at the end of the exam.
  • Intentionally obstructing or interfering with another students’ work.

Falsification of records and official documents. The following are some examples of falsification, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:

  • Forging signatures of authorization.
  • Falsifying information on an official academic record.
  • Falsifying information on an official document such as a grade report, letter of permission, drop/add form, ID card, or other college documents.