New York Medical College

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences



The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences of New York Medical College expects its students, as members of the academic community, to conduct themselves and their activities in the highest traditions of those engaged in the search for knowledge. Students are expected to be truthful in submitting work that is identified as the result of their own effort. Cheating and plagiarism, in any form, will not be tolerated.

Since our graduate programs are based in experimental science, particular emphasis is to be placed on honesty and integrity in testing and research and the appropriate acknowledgment of the contributions of others to one’s dissertation, thesis and reports. No publication is permitted without the consent of all involved investigators. Potential conflicts of interest that may impede an investigator’s impartiality in conducting research must be disclosed to appropriate institutional officials. Fabrication or falsification of data in any form will not be tolerated.

Serious violations of these principles will result in disciplinary action, including possible dismissal.

Students are also expected to treat other members of the College community – including faculty, staff and fellow students – with appropriate respect and honesty. In turn, students may expect to be treated with appropriate respect and honesty.

The Graduate School and the College have endorsed a number of policies that address specific issues related to standards of conduct. Some of these are summarized below in abridged form. Full copies of all such policies may be obtained from the Graduate School office, the Graduate School’s Web site, or the Graduate School Student Handbook. Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the complete versions of the policies that are noted below in abbreviated form.

Rights and Responsibilities of Students in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

The graduate programs of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences are intended to provide their students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences and/or in fields allied with the biomedical sciences. Students who enroll in one of these academic programs have certain legitimate expectations (or rights) regarding the educational program they are undertaking, and also assume certain responsibilities. Student Rights and Responsibilities outlines these rights and responsibilities in general terms by establishing principles that are intended to serve as guidelines for the student’s experience at NYMC. It has separate sections that cover General Principles, Academic Regulations and Student Progress, Research Training and Intellectual Property Issues, Financial Aid and Employment Issues, and the Grievance Process. This document does not replace or supersede other documents that specify graduate school and/or university policies with regard to academic rules and regulations, student financial aid, employee rights and conditions of employment, maintenance of a safe working environment, discrimination, or sexual harassment.

Graduate School Appeals Board (GSAB)

The purpose of the GSAB is to review appeals brought by graduate students of decisions made by University representatives concerning (1) retention in graduate programs, (2) charges of academic misconduct or dishonesty, and (3) selected other issues related to graduate education as deemed appropriate to forward to the GSAB by the Dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the Provost, or other university officials. The GSAB is composed of both faculty and students, and operates under a specified set of procedures. Details are available from the Graduate School Dean’s office.

Statement on Plagiarism

Adopted from the New York University Statement on Plagiarism)

Plagiarism is a form of theft. It is the theft of someone else’s words and ideas, which are then passed off as your own. Plagiarism can take the following forms:

  •  including a phrase, sentence or longer passage from another writer’s work without using quotation marks and a citation;
  • paraphrasing a section from another writer’s work without citation;
  • listing, as your own, facts or concepts gathered, developed or reported by others without giving them due credit;
  • presenting someone else’s work (e.g., that of another student) with your name on it;
  • submitting a term paper written by or purchased from someone else.

Plagiarism and other forms of academic fraud are serious violations of the code of ethical conduct expected and required from students in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences at New York Medical College. Charges of plagiarism and other forms of academic fraud by students will be investigated and adjudicated by the Dean or by a panel of faculty and students convened for the purpose by the Dean. Penalties might include censure, loss of grade or assignment of a failing grade, loss of privileges, suspension, or expulsion, depending upon the particular circumstances and gravity of the offense.