FlU Student Handbook 2017-2018 - page 88

University Graduate School
Fully admitted students who fail for any reason to enroll for three consecutive semesters including summer will
be discontinued from their graduate programs. These students may not enroll for courses during any future term
without being readmitted into a degree-seeking program. To apply for readmission, the student must complete a new
online graduate application. Prior to completion of the readmission application, it is advisable for Master’s students
to contact their program’s academic advisor. Doctoral students must contact their academic department prior to
applying for readmission. For doctoral students, academic units must follow the Doctoral Readmissions Procedures.
Specific information regarding the readmission process for doctoral students can be accessed at
Ethical Scholarship
FIU is committed to achieving the highest standards of integrity in scientific research and scholarship. This policy
includes the conduct of research involving animals and human subjects but extends beyond these important areas.
Ethical conduct of research also includes appropriate acknowledgement of contributions to scholarship and research
through appropriate inclusion of collaborators on research papers and patents, careful citation of the research of
others, and the honest and unbiased presentation of research results to the research community and the public.
There are notable challenges in the conduct of research on university campuses throughout the US today. These are
the result of inadequate preparation of graduate students and others involved in research and scholarship to recognize
the accepted standards of scientific and scholarly research or the policies and regulations that govern such research
in the U.S. The University Graduate School together with the FIU Office of Research and Economic Development
provides workshops and training to researchers and scholars in the FIU community to assist them in recognizing,
avoiding, and responding to the various types of ethical conflicts they may encounter. Some of these include:
• Plagiarism—the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the
representation that they are one’s own original work.
• Intellectual Cheating—involves a deception (including any academic work or scholarship conducted in one’s
academic or professional career) for self-profit. Intellectual cheating may or may not appear to harm others
but always advances the perpetrator unjustly.
• Intentional Misconduct—produces scientific results or scholarship with the objective of advancing one’s own
standing or career with or without economic gain. It is unethical and violates University policy.
The University Graduate School believes it is essential for the University and the intellectual community at large that
our graduate students be fully informed and know how to respond appropriately when they encounter what they
perceive to be unethical conduct.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Course and Exam
FIU graduate students who file thesis and dissertation proposals with the University Graduate School (UGS) must
provide a training certificate documenting completion of an appropriate, discipline-specific RCR training course exam.
Instructions regarding how to access the training course can be found on the FIU Division of Research webpage at:
There are several types of financial support available to graduate students. Academic departments offer paid
assistantships to their graduate students to perform research, teaching or administrative duties for the department.
There are also a limited number of competitive University-wide fellowships, which include Presidential Fellowships,
Doctoral Evidence Acquisition Fellowships and Dissertation Year Fellowships. These are overseen by the University
Graduate School. Students are nominated for these awards by their programs. In addition, many graduate programs
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