Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct

It is every student’s responsibility to become familiar with the Code of Conduct and Standards of Academic Integrity as described in the Graduate Bulletin and the University’s Community Rights and Responsibilities. It is important to understand that the freedom that is afforded to students as a member of this community comes with an associated responsibility. The Community Rights and Responsibilities is the official code of conduct to which all University at Albany students are held and applies to all student conduct and behavior.

These also sources describe penalties and procedures to be followed if a student is suspected of violating either the Code of Conduct or Standards of Academic Integrity. Examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to: plagiarism, cheating on exams, multiple submissions, forgery, sabotage, unauthorized collaboration, falsification, bribery, and theft, damage or misuse of library or computer resources. Additionally, the judicial system of the School and the process a student would undergo once charges are brought against them, are outlined in detail.

Academic Standing

To remain in good standing, graduate students must maintain a B average (3.0) overall. A student whose average falls below this minimum is normally not considered eligible for financial aid, and a student with severe deficiencies may be terminated from the program. Generally, only courses completed with Grades of A, A-, B+, B and S may be applied to graduate course requirements and credit requirements for graduate degrees.  These requirements can also be met by courses graded B-, C+ and C only if they are balanced to a B (3.0).  (Example: Three credits of B- must be balanced at least by three credits of B+).

Some departments and programs have additional requirements:

MPH students must achieve a B average (3.0) in the eight core courses, in addition to a 3.0 GPA overall for the program.

MS and PhD students in Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences, MS or PhD students who receive a C+ or lower in a departmental or track required course must retake the course.

Student Responsibility

Graduate students are personally responsible for completing all requirements established for their degree by the University, School, and Department. It is the students’ responsibility to inform themselves of these requirements. Student advisors may not assume these responsibilities, and the advisors may not substitute, waive, or exempt students from any established requirement or academic standard. It is also the students’ responsibility to ensure where financial support, if any, will come from, and that the appropriate paperwork is completed.


The school has formal procedures for resolution of student grievances through an Ombudsperson Program and formal grievance procedure. Please contact the Assistant Dean for Admissions & Student Affairs, Caitlin Reid at cmreid@albany.edu for more information about the process.