Professional Standards

Academic Honesty and Code of Conduct

As an educational institution, the Simon Business School has a significant commitment to maintain its credibility in the marketplace. Because a graduate degree is an intangible asset, both faculty and students have strong incentives to assure potential employers and prospective students of the quality of the Simon degree. Further, honest behavior enhances the quality and fairness of the educational experience for all of those earning that degree. Therefore, it is an individual and a collective responsibility of the members of the Simon community to participate actively in maintaining the highest standards of honesty and integrity by promoting adherence to the Code of Academic Integrity. Every Simon student is expected to be completely honest in all academic matters. Simon students will not in any way misrepresent their academic work or attempt to advance their academic position through fraudulent or unauthorized means. No Simon student will be involved knowingly with another student’s violation of this standard of honest behavior. A violation of the Simon School Code of Academic Integrity includes, but is not limited to, the following:  cheating (including unauthorized cooperation or the use of unauthorized material in preparing an assignment to be graded); plagiarism (representing the work of others as your own); submitting altered exams for re-grading; gaining unauthorized access to exam questions or content prior to the examination; using, without authorization, the same material in preparing assignments in two separate courses; use of text or graphics from internet/website sources without specific reference and lying to instructors or school administrators. Knowingly permitting dishonest behavior such as plagiarism or copying from another’s work is also a violation. There are many different forms of academic dishonesty. The following is not meant to be exhaustive. Rather, it provides examples of the most common kinds of unacceptable academic conduct by students. Ignorance of the policy does not excuse actions that violate its requirements. Specifically, a student is in violation of the Simon Code of Academic Integrity if he or she, without explicit instructor approval:
Uses (any part of) another team’s work on an assignment.
Provides (any part of) one team’s work on an assignment to a member of another team.
Receives (any part of) another team’s work on an assignment.
Asks another student for access, or attempts to induce another student to provide access to work done by another team.  [Such incidents must be reported by any student asked to grant access; not doing so is a violation itself.] Fails to exercise proper precautions to prevent work done by one team from passing into the hands of another team. A proven violation of the Code can lead to a failing grade on an assignment or project, course failure, suspension and/or dismissal from the program. Additional sanctions may include ineligibility to serve in student leadership positions or to participate in international exchange programs. Scholarships may also be impacted. Maintaining academic integrity is a joint responsibility of students, faculty, and staff. Failure to report direct knowledge or evidence of a violation injures the entire Simon community. Negative consequences of known but unreported violations include lower class morale, lower school reputation, and lower degree value. Thus, all members of the Simon community have an obligation to one another to report Code violations. Violations of the Code of Academic Integrity should be reported to the course instructor, the Assistant Dean of Students, Office of Student Engagement Staff or the Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee.  If discovered by or reported to the course instructor, the instructor should report the incident to the Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee or OSE Academic Integrity Liaison.

Academic Integrity Committee and Process

The Simon Business School shall have a standing Academic Integrity Committee. The committee shall hear and review cases involving alleged breaches in the student academic integrity policy. Should any questions arise to the nature of an allegation or the committee to hear a specified case, the Office of Student Engagement Liaison shall be consulted. The Academic Integrity Committee will consist of 3 voting members and 3 non-voting members. The 3 voting members will be rotating set of professors serving a specified term limit, while the 2 non-voting members will be the Sr. Associate Dean of Faculty, the Assistant Dean of Students, and the OSE Liaison. 2017-18 Academic Integrity Committee:
Cliff Smith (Chair)
David Oliveiri
Roy Jones
Ron Goettler
Carin Cole
Brad Rosenbaum
Anyone, including staff, student or faculty, who is made aware of an incident of a suspected breach to the academic integrity policy is responsible for alerting the professor or an Office of Student Engagement (OSE) representative. They will bring the information to the OSE Liaison who in turn is then responsible for informing the instructor, who will begin collecting evidence and making an initial determination of appropriate course of action to be taken, which may lead up to and including failing the student in the course. The Committee will convene to review all facts and make a final decision. The instructor or the student may appeal the findings of the Academic Integrity Committee hearing within 5 business days of the mailing of the decision to the Dean. The decision of the Dean is final. For more detailed documentation on the Academic Integrity Committee process, please visit the mySimon portal.

Class Conduct, Attendance, Recordings

In the classroom, students are expected to demonstrate the same professional behavior that they would in a business setting. This includes, but is not limited to, timely arrival, notifying faculty in advance of any planned absence, informing the faculty member of the reason for any unplanned absence and active but non-monopolizing participation in classroom discussion. It is important to know that some faculty adjusts grades based on attendance and/or class participation. Out of courtesy to others, students should enter or exit the classroom quietly from the back of the room if class is in session. Care should be taken not to disrupt the class by picking up class notes or otherwise creating a disturbance. Students are expected to either turn off cellular phones or turn their devices to a non-audible notification when in class or attending presentations. Students are also discouraged from using their laptops while in class or attending presentations unless its use is required. The same courtesies extend to your interactions outside the classroom. It is expected that you will be on time to team meetings and that you will notify your teammates if you plan to be away. Similarly, timely arrival at other scheduled Simon activities, especially those involving guest speakers, is expected. In addition, students are reminded to reply to invitations from faculty, deans and staff when requested. It is expected that students will display a name card during class to identify themselves and facilitate discussion. The name cards assist the professors and students in learning students’ names. Attendance is taken in all core full-time MBA core classes and will impact participation grades. For remaining courses for both MBA and MS classes, attendance policies are at the discretion of the professor. Attendance in class is expected. If you find that you must be absent from class, you should notify your professor. The professor will find this information useful in determining how an absence will affect your grade. A student in the MS or MBA program who expects to be absent for any length of time should discuss the absence with the Office of Student Engagement, as it relates to missed work and impact on their team. If you will be missing a class and would like to have it recorded, students must make the request ahead of time with reasonable notice to the professor. Recordings are at the discretion of the professor.


It is a violation of copyright law to copy copyrighted material, such as Harvard Business School cases or computer software, without permission and payment of associated fees. Cases and software used in the MBA or MS classes will be sold to the students by the UR Bookstore, and it is the responsibility of the University Bookstore to ensure that adequate supplies of these materials are available for sale to Simon students.

Dress Code

Simon Business School sponsors many functions that require business attire. Students will be notified in advance if business attire is required. Business attire normally means suits for the men and suits or professional dresses for the women. Other functions might indicate business casual attire. Overly casual clothes such as jeans, shorts and sandals are discouraged for business casual functions. For in-class presentations, business attire is expected.

Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy

Students as well as faculty and staff are entitled to equal opportunity, equitable access and equal treatment in University programs and activities. The University prohibits discrimination against and harassment of individuals or groups of people on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, and sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. These are considered “protected statuses.” If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed due to your protected status or your actual or perceived affiliation with someone who has a protected status, you have choices about how to respond. It is important that you choose the resolution process that feels comfortable to you and that you believe is likely to result in a positive outcome. An often effective first response is to respectfully ask the person to stop the behavior. You could also ask a counselor in Simon’s Office of Student Engagement Office, the University’s Title IX Coordinator or a University Intercessor to explain the various formal and information options for investigating and resolving the situation. For detailed information about your options, including the process for filing a formal complaint, please visit the Equal Opportunity Compliance website at or contact Morgan Levy, Equal Opportunity Compliance Director and Title IX Coordinator, by phone at 585-275-7814 or Email at You may also contact the designated Title IX representative in the Office of Student Engagement: Karen Platt at or 585-275-8041.

Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that an inclusive atmosphere benefits all members of the Simon community. Throughout your MBA experience, you’ll study alongside a diverse group of peers with unique experiences and varied perspectives. In addition, a Simon Inclusion Ambassadors program was created by five members of the MBA Class of 2018. Inclusion Ambassadors work to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect by promoting cultural awareness, leading responsible dialogue, and inspiring social change. The organization seeks to acknowledge individual and cultural differences and encourage conversation to improve society as a whole, beginning with the Simon community. Our ambassadors keep the Simon community aware of current campaigns that promote social justice and inform us of opportunities to support these movements. Ambassadors are also available to provide support to all students.

Simon Diversity Council

The Simon Diversity Council is made up of faculty, staff, and students who help implement the President’s Diversity council key priorities at the Simon Business School. The SDC believes the University should continue to create and actively promote a safe and welcoming community that supports learning and understanding of issues of diversity, promotes awareness, and encourages interactions among people and groups from diverse backgrounds.

Campus Smoking Policy

Effective August 15, 2017, all of the University’s campuses will be tobacco-free both inside and outside campus buildings.  The new policy restricts tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vaping on University properties, but includes the provision for a small number of outdoor smoking shelters on River Campus. Starting August 15, these shelters will be the only designated areas for smoking and other tobacco use on River Campus. They will be located:
-on the south side of Rush Rhees Library, between the library and Meliora Hall
-next to Wilson Commons, under the bridge to Morey Hall
-next to Carol Simon and across from Schlegel Hall
The Medical Center, which has been smoke-free inside and out since 2006, also designates outposts on their campus as the sole areas where tobacco is permitted. New tobacco-free signs will be posted at building entrances and displayed prominently in outdoor areas to inform everyone of this change.

Alcohol Regulations

New York State law prohibits the serving of alcohol to individuals actually or apparently under the age of 21, to intoxicated individuals or to individuals who are known to become habitually intoxicated. It is illegal for individuals under the age of 21 to possess alcoholic beverages with the intent to consume such beverages. Serving of alcoholic beverages must be coordinated through University-approved caterers only. Clubs interested in having alcohol served at an event should discuss their needs with the Office well in advance of the anticipated event. For the most current list of University approved caterers, please visit the Environmental Health and Safety website at: It takes caterers approximately three weeks to obtain the appropriate permits required to serve alcohol on campus, so please plan accordingly.

University Standards of Conduct

The University has established standards of conduct for maintaining public order and an appropriate learning environment on University campuses and other property. No member or guest of the University community may engage in unlawful or disruptive behavior on University premises, including but not limited to the following: The unlawful possession and use of controlled substances (drugs); he unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance; Obstruction or disruption of teaching or other University activities; Prevention of free movement, such as pedestrian or vehicular movement; Possession or use of firearms and explosives; dangerous, destructive, or noxious chemicals; or any dangerous or apparently dangerous weapons, other than as allowed by law and University regulation; Detention, physical abuse or conduct that threatens bodily harm or endangers the health of any person; Intentional damage or theft of University property or the property of any member of the University community; Entry into living quarters, private offices or working areas of another person without express or implied permission of that person or of an authorized University official; or invasion of the privacy of records, data or communications belonging to individuals, to the University or to others. Violators of these standards are subject to disciplinary action. The University also reserves the right to discipline unlawful or disruptive conduct that occurs off campus if the conduct is associated with a University activity or raises considerable concerns of a threat to the safety or welfare of the University community. Refer to the Regulations and University Policies Concerning Graduate Studies Guide for more information.

Religious Observance

As provided in the New York Education Law Section 224-a, students who choose not to register for classes, attend classes or take exams on certain days because of their religious beliefs will be given another opportunity to register for classes or to make up the work requirements or exams they miss, without penalties or additional fees.

Adverse Weather and Similar Emergencies

The presumption is always that University/School activities and services will go forward on schedule. It is the policy of the University, in general, to remain in operation despite adverse weather conditions, transportation or utility problems or similar interruptions. If extremely severe weather forces the cancellation of classes and/or the closing of the School, make-up classes will usually be scheduled for the first Saturday after such closing/cancellation. Recorded announcements will be available and updated frequently on the University of Rochester Information Line where they may be heard any time by dialing 275-6111. In addition, Simon Business School has an information line in place to notify those interested in specific Simon emergency closing information. Call 275-5082 when you are unsure about how the weather or another emergency may affect Simon Business School schedule.