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Graduate College admits students into programs leading to both professional and research-oriented advanced degrees and certificates beyond the bachelor’s degree. The master’s and doctoral degrees are awarded to students completing programs that culminate in research and creative endeavors. The PhD degree is the highest university award, conferred on candidates who have proven their ability as scholars and original researchers.
The highest standards of academic integrity and compliance with the university’s Student Code of Conduct are expected of all graduate students in academic coursework and research activities. The failure of any graduate student to uphold these standards may result in serious consequences including suspension or expulsion from the university and/or other sanctions as specified in the academic integrity policies of individual colleges as well as the university.
Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication of data, tampering, plagiarism, or aiding and/or facilitating such activities. At the graduate level, it is expected that students are familiar with these issues and that each student assumes personal responsibility in their work.
Graduate Student Responsibilities
Graduate students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with all university and graduate policies and procedures. Each student should also communicate directly with his/her academic unit to be clear on its expectations for degree completion.
Information is provided to students via MyASU. Students should frequently check their MyASU account for the most up-to-date information regarding their status, holds, items to attend to and other important information.
It is very important that students check with their thesis/dissertation advisor well in advance of data collection to ensure compliance with university regulations regarding the collection of research data. Please see the section of this guide titled “Research Involving Human and Animal Subjects.”
ASU Graduate Policies and Procedures PDF (revised November 13, 2017).