Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Policies and Regulations

Disciplinary Procedures

All graduate students are governed by the regulations for academic and personal conduct set forth in the bulletin. The disciplinary procedure of the Graduate School Committee on Regulations and Discipline will be used whenever there appears to have been a breach of the Regulations. The one exception to this policy is the allegation that a graduate student has committed academic fraud (including falsification or fabrication of data and plagiarism) in the course of proposing, conducting or reporting research supported by the federal government, in which case the Policies and Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Academic Fraud at Yale University will be followed. A student accused of a breach of the Regulations will be presumed innocent unless and until found by the Dean's Advisory Committee on Regulations and Discipline, pursuant to these procedures, to have breached the Regulations. Students may contact their academic dean for further information and advice.

Dean’s Advisory Committee on Regulations and Discipline

For the 2013-2014 academic year, this committee comprised the following members:

Katherine Hindley, PhD Student, Medieval Studies
Michael Kanik, PhD Student, Engineering
Consuelo Amat Matus, PhD Student, Political Science
Christopher Burd, associate professor, Cell Biology
Phyllis Granoff, professor, Religious Studies
Gregory McCarthy, professor, Psychology
Richard Sleight, associate dean, Graduate School
Pamela Schirmeister, associate dean, Graduate School

Annual Report on Regulations and Discipline, 2012-2013

During 2012-2013, thirteen graduate students were formally charged with violating the Regulations for Academic and Personal Conduct in the Graduate School’s Programs and Policies Bulletin. There has been a three-fold increase in charges of academic dishonesty since 2009. The charges listed below all involve violations of academic integrity. In all but one case, the graduate students either pled or were found guilty, some with mitigating circumstances.

Infractions and Penalties, 2012-2013
  • Cheating. Submitted same work in two courses. Graduation delayed; new essay required.
  • Cheating on a program assignment. Insufficient evidence for a decision.
  • Falsification of admissions credentials. Expulsion.
  • Cheating on a program assignment. Written reprimand noted in academic record and disciplinary probation.
  • Cheating on a program assignment. Written reprimand noted in academic record and disciplinary probation.
  • Plagiarism. Expulsion.
  • Plagiarism, with mitigating circumstances. Graduation delayed, new essay required.
  • Plagiarism, with mitigating circumstances. Reprimand.
  • Fabricated data. Suspension.