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Code of Conduct & Academic Policies

Academic Code of Conduct

Honesty, fairness, and trust are fundamental values upon which the University is founded. The academic conduct of students enrolled in the SMTD is governed by its rules and policies. Each member of the SMTD should realize that deception for the purposes of individual gain or convenience is an offense against the other members of the School and the University. Such dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

Plagiarism

Submitting the work of another person as one’s own; stealing the ideas, data, or written work of others; copying the work of others without proper acknowledgment; or otherwise falsely taking credit.

Cheating

Using unauthorized notes, study aids, or information from another student or from another student’s paper or examination, including cheating on a computer-administered examination; altering graded work after it has been returned and submitting the work for re-grading; allowing another person to do one’s work and submitting the work as one’s own; or submitting one’s own work previously submitted for another course without fully revealing the circumstances to the instructor.

Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty

Providing material or information to another person with knowledge that it will be improperly used.

Dishonesty in Reporting the Results of Research

Misrepresenting data or information, or reporting false or misleading data or information including fabrication, improper adjustment of results, selective reporting for purposes of deception, omission of conflicting data for purposes of deception, or presenting information not gathered in accordance with appropriate methods for collecting or analyzing data, and failing to include an accurate account of the method by which the information was gathered or analyzed.

Falsification of Records and Official Documents

Altering documents affecting academic records; providing false information with intent to undermine the orderly functioning of the SMTD or the University; forging signatures or falsifying information on an official academic document, drop/add form, grade report, transcript, letter of permission, petition, or any document designed to meet or exempt a student from a regulation or procedure of the SMTD or the University, including making alterations after a document is signed.

Unauthorized or Malicious Interference or Tampering with Computer Property

Stealing, destroying, or tampering with the computer software, files, or data of others for purposes of academic gain or convenience.

When a complainant believes that academic dishonesty may have taken place, he or she should present the evidence to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs or the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. The Dean will arrange for a hearing to determine whether the evidence is admissible. In the event that it is not, the case shall be dismissed.

If the evidence is admissible, the Hearing Board must determine whether the evidence is sufficient. In the event that it is not, the case shall be dismissed. If the evidence is sufficient, the defendant is adjudged guilty of the infraction and the Hearing Board must take such action as is appropriate.

Penalties for plagiarism, cheating, aiding and abetting dishonesty, dishonesty in reporting the results of research, falsification of records and official documents, and unauthorized or malicious interference or tampering with computer property are spelled out in the Manual of Procedures for Dealing with Infractions of the Code of Academic Conduct for the SMTD. This is available in the office of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

Non-Academic Code of Conduct

Students at the University of Michigan (U-M) expect members of their community to be responsible for their actions and to respect the rights of others. These expectations are not meant to limit students’ constitutional right to freedom of expression. The non-academic conduct of students enrolled in the SMTD is governed by the rules and policies of the University, which can be found through the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, Division of Student Affairs.

Though the emphasis of this policy is on prevention and assistance for problems associated with alcohol and other drugs, the offer of help and the willingness to accept help does not preclude sanctions or excuse members of the SMTD community from obligations to the School or liability under relevant laws. Consideration of sanctions may be necessary when alcohol or other drug use interferes with work or academic performance, threatens the safety of others, or violates the policy of the University.

The Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR) is responsible for administering the University’s Code of Student Conduct, known as The Statement. The Statement sets forth the values of the University Community, indicates the behaviors that violate those values, and establishes a process for reviewing and resolving allegations of misconduct. OSCR provides support to alleged violators as well as complainants, and involvement of any student in the resolution process is confidential except in cases of sexual misconduct.

Any student of the U-M having a complaint against a member of the SMTD faculty or staff, or a SMTD policy should attempt to resolve the matter through informal discussion or other appeal to teaching or administrative personnel of the SMTD. This procedure may be used in any matter relating to discrimination in violation of University or School Policy.

If satisfactory resolution of the matter cannot be achieved informally, the student should follow these procedures:

  • Within ninety (90) days of the date of the alleged offense or the date of origin of the alleged condition, the student should write directly to the Dean of the SMTD, setting forth as succinctly and clearly as possible the nature of the complaint together with specific suggestions for a satisfactory remedy of the matter.
  • The Dean’s Office will contact the faculty or staff member involved in writing, advising him/her that the complaint has been received and that it is being referred to the appropriate Associate Dean.
  • The Associate Dean’s Office will contact the defendant within five (5) academic calendar days after receipt of the complaint from the Dean and arrange a meeting as soon as scheduling permits.
  • The Associate Dean and the complainant will meet privately and confer regarding a resolution.
  • After the meeting, the Associate Dean will meet with the relevant individual(s) to confer regarding a resolution.
  • The Associate Dean will write a report within five (5) academic calendar days and provide copies to the Dean and the complainant.
  • If the issue is not resolved to the complainant’s satisfaction, he/she may, within three (3) academic calendar days, make further appeal to the Dean by calling the Dean’s Office and asking for a meeting as soon as scheduling permits.
  • After the meeting, the Dean will meet with the relevant individual(s) to confer regarding a resolution.
  • If the Dean is unable to reach a resolution to the problem, he/she will write a report and place the matter on the Executive Committee’s agenda as soon as possible.
  • The Executive Committee will be provided with copies of the student’s complaint, the Associate Dean’s report, and the Dean’s report.
  • The Executive Committee may, at its discretion, appoint an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter within five (5) academic calendar days.
  • The disposition of the further appeal by the Executive Committee or by the ad hoc committee will be described in writing to the appellant and the complainant.

SMTD undergraduate students are required to maintain a minimum term or cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Cumulative averages are reported to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the close of each term. At the discretion of the Dean, one of the following levels of academic discipline may be imposed:

Probation

A student whose term or cumulative GPA is below 2.0 will be placed on probation. Students on probation must attain a 2.0 term or cumulative GPA during their next term of enrollment.

Stringent Probation

A student on academic probation whose term or cumulative remains below a 2.0 will be placed on stringent probation. Students on stringent probation must attain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or demonstrate significant academic progress during their next term of enrollment.

Not to Register (NTR)

A student on stringent probation whose term or cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0 or who has not shown significant academic progress will not be allowed to register for classes. Such students will be required to withdraw from the SMTD and must formally apply for re-admission before permission to register will be granted.

Although the University of Michigan, as an institution, does not observe religious holidays, it has long been the University’s policy that every reasonable effort should be made to help students avoid negative academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. Students who expect to miss classes, examinations, or other assignments as a consequence of their religious observance shall be provided with a reasonable alternative opportunity to complete such academic responsibilities. It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent. Such notice must be given by the drop/add deadline of the given term. Students who are absent on days of examinations or class assignments shall be offered an opportunity to make up the work, without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that a make-up opportunity would interfere unreasonably with the delivery of the course. Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, the parties involved should contact the Department Chair, the Dean of the School, or the Ombudsperson. Final appeals will be resolved by the Provost.

Students should account for absences to their instructors and advisor when appropriate and may expect unexcused absences to be reflected in their final grade. Those who have been absent from any one course for more than three consecutive weeks will not receive credit for the course unless permission to continue is granted by the instructor and the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. Students who are absent from all courses for more than three consecutive weeks may be required to withdraw from the School for the rest of the term.

Any SMTD student may take off one full term (Fall or Winter) to pursue other studies or special initiatives without applying for readmission. Students who take off two or more consecutive full terms must apply for readmission. Students must inform the Director of Student Affairs of any leave prior to the term of absence.

Students should contact Deedee Ulintz or Tom Erickson to request a Leave of Absence form.

Any undergraduate student who has not been enrolled for two consecutive terms (Fall-Winter or Winter-Fall) or more must contact the SMTD Office of Admissions to reapply for admission. Applications for readmission are evaluated based on the criteria and expectations in effect at the time of readmission rather than those in effect at the time of original admission, and will normally require an audition.

SMTD students will have access to departmental advisors within their field of study, as well as general advisors on staff. Advisors may interpret degree requirements, explain school policies, acquaint students with University resources, help plan academic strategies, and support students who encounter difficulties. It is also highly recommended that students meet with an advisor at least once per year for a check of degree progress.

A student is expected to elect courses consistent with the curriculum of his or her declared major and is expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of that degree. Although academic advisors assist with course selections, the completion of degree requirements is the student’s responsibility.

The final examination schedule for the end of each term is fixed by the University and is distributed through the University Registrar’s Office. Students should note the dates and times of their final exams at the beginning of the semester. No travel plans should conflict with these dates, and early purchase of plane, train, or bus tickets is NOT an excuse to miss classes or exams. Classes can extend to 5:00pm the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday, so plans should be made accordingly.

Juries are final examinations in performance courses. Students enrolled in performance courses with the catalog number 100, 139, 240, 440, 539, and 639 are required to present a formal jury during the final examination period. Students enrolled in other performance course numbers may be required to present an informal jury in any semester, at the discretion of the instructor. Accompanists are required for formal juries.

Except for office staff specifically authorized to sign for their supervisors, no person may sign the name of another person to any University document. Forging the name of a faculty member or administrator is a serious offense and may result in disciplinary action under the SMTD Code of Academic Conduct.

At least 24 hours of courses required in the senior year must be completed in residence, including all senior courses in the major field. A student must be enrolled in performance when presenting a recital.

All work toward a master’s or specialist’s degree must be completed within six years from the date of first enrollment in the degree program. No work completed more than six years prior to the awarding of a degree may be counted. The Associate Dean for Graduate Studies may approve extensions of up to two years beyond the six year limit, and may approve the counting of work completed up to eight years earlier.

Undergraduate students do not have a time limit for degree completion but must apply for re-admission if they have not been enrolled for two or more consecutive terms.

In addition to two terms of a foreign language, any master’s student anticipating doctoral study at U-M should, as part of her or his master’s program, complete at least two graduate courses in music history and/or theory, including Musicology 503 (Music Bibliography) plus a course to satisfy the pedagogy requirement. A student pursuing the master’s degree elsewhere should elect a music bibliography course equivalent to Musicology 503.

The SMTD accepts Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit in accordance with University policies which are outlined on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) status is intended for individuals who wish to expand their knowledge or improve skills but do not wish to pursue a degree. It has no implication with respect to subsequent admission to a degree program. Courses available to NCFD students are subject to instructor permission and classroom space.