1. It is the student’s responsibility to answer honestly and fully all questions asked on graduate school, graduate fellowship, employment, and other applications.
  2. When providing a recommendation for students or former students, administrative deans and those acting on their behalf shall answer honestly and fully such questions asked of them.
  3. Every recommendation mentioning a disciplinary action shall state that doing so is mandated by University policy. The recommender may comment on the relevance of the disciplinary action to the student’s suitability for the program, job, or fellowship for which they are applying.
  4. Academic dismissals, involuntary leaves of absence and University Student Conduct Board suspensions and expulsions shall always be mentioned in all recommendations.
  5. When no questions about discipline are asked directly, the recommender shall:
    1. mention all cases of disciplinary sanctions (Warnings, Probations, or University Student Conduct Board sanctions) currently in effect and any disciplinary sanctions within four months of the date of the recommendation.
    2. mention past cases of discipline if they are relevant. For example:
      1. any case of violent behavior and all cases of similar severity should be mentioned.
      2. a pattern of irresponsible behavior or immature behavior that raises concerns about the student’s current maturity should be mentioned.

The information contained in this publication applies to the academic years 2024–2025, but this handbook is not to be regarded as a contract between the student and the University. The University reserves the right to change requirements, policies, rules, and regulations without prior notice in accordance with established procedures.

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