Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics
The purpose of the ethical code (hereinafter: Code) is to present the Graduate School students and Postdoctoral Fellows with the criteria they are expected to behave according to; accustom them to ethical responsibility and the highest possible standards of academic integrity and proper behavior in general; develop a sense of responsibility; bring about their active participation in upholding such standards, and to encourage an environment of mutual trust and respect. It is the joint responsibility of all the Schools graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows to fulfill this aim. Devotion to high ethical standards, academic honesty and rules of conduct, will enhance the quality of education provided by the Feinberg Graduate School, and promote the prestige of the degrees it awards. Any failure to fulfill the rules of the Code will result in disciplinary measures by the FGS. It should be noted that inappropriate behavior excludes mistakes made in all innocence, those due to negligence, and differences of opinion.

Standards
1.

Feinberg Graduate School students and Postdoctoral Fellows will present and indicate their academic achievements honestly and fairly, whether orally or in writing. They will not knowingly deceptively represent essential facts to other students, academic staff, other university employees, potential employers, or any other person, and will not knowingly hide information, or act deviously, in order to obtain benefits from FGS or in connection with their studies at the School.

2.

Feinberg Graduate School students and Postdoctoral Fellows will respect materials, experimental data and property, both of the Weizmann Institute and of other students. They will not make wrongful or unfair use of materials, data or other property of the FGS, WIS or another student, particularly not by obtaining access or removing information or other property, and will not make commercial or other use for profit of the materials, whether from the website or software purchased by WIS for the sole purpose of study.

3.

Feinberg Graduate School students and Postdoctoral Fellows will respect the individual rights, health and safety of others, and their possessions.


Academic Integrity
The Weizmann Institute of Science, and the Feinberg Graduate School as an integral part of it, constitutes a scientific community with the pursuit of knowledge being its central aspiration. Responsibility to the rules of academic integrity is essential to the success of this scientific endeavor. Every FGS student and Postdoctoral Fellow is responsible for constantly maintaining the highest standards of integrity and devotion to the rules of the Code hereinafter. Actions influencing, or intended to have influence on, the education, research, acquisition of knowledge, or fair evaluation of a FGS students or Postgraduate Fellows performance are utterly forbidden. Such actions include, but are not limited, to the following:

Cheating:
Use, or the attempted use of, help, materials or study aids prohibited for use in a particular examination or other academic paper; or preventing others from using permitted help, materials or study aids.

Plagiarism:
Use of another persons ideas, data or language, without appropriate specific acknowledgement.

Forgery:
Submission of false or altered information in an academic or research paper.

Multiple submissions:
Submission, without prior permission, of a piece of work that has already been submitted in fulfillment of a different academic requirement.

Falsification of academic records:
Falsification or alteration or an attempt to alter any part of a students transcription or academic records, whether before or after the students arrival at the Graduate School.

Aiding academic fraud:
Knowingly helping, or attempting to help, someone else violate any of the Codes stipulations.


In a case that a student is unsure whether his or her actions constitute a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity, they are responsible for consulting with their tutor, or with the FGS staff, to clarify the issue.

Rules of behavior
Feinberg Graduate School students and Postdoctoral Fellows will behave in accordance with the reputation of the WIS, the FGS, and the students themselves, and follow the directives of the WIS and FGS authorities, teaching faculty and/or other employees issued in the course of their duties; they will act in accordance with the rules and regulations concerning the use of WIS facilities including halls, laboratories, libraries, student dormitories, apartments, offices, sports facilities, parking lots and open spaces. Similarly the students and Postdoctoral Fellows will not disrupt the lectures, research, work, or any other activity within the School or the grounds of the WIS; will not cause harm to lecturers, or other staff or students of the FGS or WIS, their reputation, or possessions; will not damage any property belonging to the FGS or WIS or belongings used by them.


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