Policies & Procedures
With regard to the policies and procedures of the Graduate School presented herewith, every effort is made to provide complete and accurate information at all times. Applicants and matriculated students should contact their dean’s office to review school/college policies. They should also contact their graduate advisor to review current requirements. This is necessary because some programs impose more stringent requirements than those set by the Graduate Board and the Graduate School.
The policies and procedures posted herewith are current. For policies in effect previously, see the archived Graduate Bulletins. For an extended presentation of policies and procedures at Temple University, visit policies.temple.edu.
Temple University is committed to a policy of EQUAL OPPORTUNITY for all in every aspect of its operations. The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status. Policy 04.81.11: Policy on Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment extends to all educational, service, and employment programs of the University.
To review the University’s online manual of policies and procedures, visit policies.temple.edu. Several important general policies are highlighted below:
Academic Rights and Responsibilities
Temple University students who believe that instructors are introducing extraneous material into class discussions or that their grades are being affected by their opinions or views that are unrelated to a course’s subject matter can file a complaint under the University’s policy on academic rights and responsibilities. The full policy can be found at:
The policy encourages students to first discuss their concerns with their instructor. If a student is uncomfortable doing so, or if discussions with the instructor do not resolve the student’s concerns, an informal complaint can be made to the Student Ombudsperson for the student’s school or college. Unresolved complaints may be referred to the dean for handling in accordance with the school or college’s established grievance procedure. Final appeals will be determined by the Provost.
Academic honesty and integrity constitute the root of the educational process at Temple University. Intellectual growth relies on the development of independent thought and respect for the thoughts of others. To foster this independence and respect, plagiarism and academic cheating are prohibited.
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another individual's ideas, words, labor, or assistance. All coursework submitted by a student, including papers, examinations, laboratory reports, and oral presentations, is expected to be the individual effort of the student presenting the work. When it is not, that assistance must be reported to the instructor. If the work involves the consultation of other resources such as journals, books, or other media, those resources must be cited in the appropriate style. All other borrowed material, such as suggestions for organization, ideas, or actual language, must also be cited. Failure to cite any borrowed material, including information from the internet, constitutes plagiarism.
Academic cheating results when the general rules of academic work or the specific rules of individual courses are broken. It includes falsifying data; submitting, without the instructor's approval, work in one course that was done for another; helping others to plagiarize or cheat from one's own or another's work; or undertaking the work of another person.
The penalty for academic dishonesty can vary from a reprimand and receiving a failing grade for a particular assignment, to a failing grade in the course, to suspension or expulsion from the University. The penalty varies with the nature of the offense. Students who believe that they have been unfairly accused may appeal through their school/college's academic grievance procedure and, ultimately, to the Graduate Board if academic dismissal has occurred.
Equal Opportunity Compliance
Temple University’s equal opportunity/affirmative action program complies with federal regulations. The program has these inclusive objectives:
- To support the admission and successful participation of disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and those for whom English is a second language.
- To employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era.
For more information or to review the Temple University Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Policy, see http://www.temple.edu/eoc/documents/EOAAPolicy.pdf. Or feel free to contact Sandra A. Foehl, Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance, at 215-204-6772 or email@example.com. For additional information, visit www.temple.edu/eoc/.
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
Sexual harassment and sexual assault subvert the mission and work of Temple University, and can threaten the career, educational experience, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Temple University is committed to providing a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community, free from discriminatory conduct. Sexual harassment and sexual assault, in any form or context, are inimical to this and will not be tolerated.
University policies on sexual harassment and sexual assault, which include procedures for filing complaints, are available upon request by contacting Sandra A. Foehl, Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance, at 215-204-6772 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is also available at www.temple.edu/eoc/sexualharassment.html.
It is Temple University’s policy to provide to all students, upon request, a copy of the University’s policies and procedures regarding campus safety and security, as well as crime rates and statistics for the most recent three-year period. In doing so, Temple University complies with two important pieces of legislation: the Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act, and the federal Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act. To receive a copy of “You and Campus Safety,” write to Temple University Department of Campus Safety Services, 1101 West Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122, or call 215-204-6262. The annual security report may also be downloaded by visiting css.ocis.temple.edu/about_us/annual_security_report.aspx.
Career Development Services
Temple University offers a variety of career options to graduate students. The Career Development Services Office provides high-quality resources and services to students, alumni, and employers. It is a central site for students and alumni to research careers and seek cooperative education internships. It is also the place for employers to fill cooperative education internship positions. The Career Development Services Office enables students to discover potential careers and then get firsthand experience in those areas. Highly qualified counselors help students and alumni alike in moving their careers into high gear and achieving their full potential. For more information on the services offered, visit http://www.temple.edu/careerdev/index.htm.
Temple University is committed to providing a smoke-free environment for everyone. All University facilities are designated as non-smoking. In addition, all indoor activities sponsored by Temple University that take place in facilities not owned or operated by Temple University are smoke-free in those areas under Temple’s control. This policy will be enforced according to established University policies and procedures.
Temple University’s formal policy explaining inclement weather decisions is available online at http://policies.temple.edu/getdoc.asp?policy_no=04.31.12. In the event of severe weather or other emergency conditions affecting University operations, official information is available from each of the following:
1. Temple University's home page at www.temple.edu.
2. The University's weather hotline at 215-204-1975.
3. Broadcasts on Temple University's radio station WRTI-FM (90.1-FM) and KYW (1060-AM).
Decisions on schedule changes due to inclement weather will be made by 5 a.m. on the day affected for day classes and by 2 p.m. for that day's evening classes.