Professional Conduct Policy: MSU Teacher Preparation ProgramRevised and approved by the Teacher Preparation Committee on December 17, 2010.
In this time of transition from being a student to being a professional teacher, it is important that you begin to see yourself as a lifelong learner rather than a student fulfilling university requirements. Both your school-based experiences and your university coursework are vital and integral components of your professional preparation. Because the way you conduct yourself in these settings reflects on you as a professional, we want to be clear about your responsibilities with regard to professional and ethical conduct. Failure to comply with these (and other university policies governing student conduct) will result in a review of your progress by your team and specific recommendations regarding your continued participation in the teacher certification program.
Attendance and PunctualityYou are expected to be present and on time for your professional commitments. If you must be absent from any one of your professional responsibilities due to illness or an emergency, you must inform the people who are affected by your absence. That is, for your field placement you must notify your collaborating teacher, your field partner(s) if you have one, your MSU liaison, and if appropriate, your subject-matter field instructor. For your on-campus courses, you must notify your course instructor. Any absence during a semester from on-campus courses or pre-internship field placements is cause for concern and may affect your grade. Recurring absences or tardiness will put your recommendation for continuation in the program in jeopardy. During the internship, interns who are absent more than four days in a semester in their school placement may be required to make up the time. If you have difficulty meeting this expectation because of an emergency or any other reason, talk to your course instructor or Team coordinator in advance or as soon as possible. Informing the appropriate people about extenuating circumstances will allow us to work with you to make appropriate arrangements.
Academic IntegrityIn instances of academic dishonesty, violation of professional standards or falsification of records, the University's policy on the Integrity of Scholarship and Grades will be enforced. This means that at the instructor’s discretion, a student may receive a penalty grade on an assignment and/or in the course, and a report must be filed which becomes part of the student’s academic record. Additional penalties are possible, depending on the nature of the infraction.
Moreover, teachers are the guardians of academic integrity in society. Teacher candidates are expected to meet the highest standards in this regard, and to uphold these standards among their students and colleagues. It is the standard practice of teachers to borrow ideas and materials from a variety of sources. Take care to properly attribute these sources and to refrain from representing another’s intellectual property as your own. Instructors and course syllabi provide additional guidelines for applying these principles to specific assignments and products.