Graduate Program in Pathobiology

Support the Program


Students in the Graduate Program in Pathobiology are expected to perform at a superior level in their coursework and research. In graded courses, all grades must be at the "B" level or above. All grades in pass/fail courses must be "Pass". One grade of "C" in a graded course in an academic year will cause the student to be placed on academic probation. Two grades of "C" in required courses may lead to termination.

The Program Director will provide either written or electronic notice (e-mail) to students on academic probation. The Program Director and other faculty as appropriate will closely monitor students on probation. The condition of probation will be lifted upon successful remediation of unsatisfactory grades. The Program will continue to provide stipend and tuition during academic probation.

The Program Director will provide written notice to terminated students. Termination means that student status will be withdrawn, and stipend and tuition support will cease. Terminated students may apply for reinstatement based upon evidence of academic progress following termination. Applications for reinstatement will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Committee.


If a student finds that he/she has difficulty in any of the required courses, the student should contact the Pathobiology Program Coordinator immediately. The Program Director will determine if any courses need to be re-taken and will also decide if tutoring or other supportive resources are necessary. If tutoring is recommended, the Pathology Department will pay for the minimum hours required.


It is the joint responsibility of faculty and students of the Pathobiology program to maintain the academic integrity of the program in all respects. An ethics code provides definitions and guidelines for students to attain and maintain the highest standards of conduct. Our goal is to encourage and recognize independent thinking by all students. The ethics code requires the whole hearted support of the entire academic community, students and faculty alike, who must accept two kinds of responsibility. Each member must behave honorably and must also take action when necessary to make sure that the program is not injured by misconduct. The Pathobiology program provides a personal copy of the ethics code to every student at enrollment. Once provided with a copy the student has the responsibility of familiarizing himself/herself with the code and all its provisions. A signed copy of the code will be placed in the student's file. Violations of the code include but are not limited to cheating, plagiarism and knowingly furnishing false information about results of research.


Cheating is broadly defined as using or attempting to use someone else's work or ideas in a context where the student is expected to provide his own. Examples of cheating include but are not limited to:

  • Using or referring to notes, books, journal articles, devices, websites or other sources of information during an academic evaluation unless the examination is designated "open book."
  • Copying another student's answers on an academic evaluation or allowing another student to copy answers.
  • Discussing a question or exercise during an academic evaluation.
  • Acting as substitute for another or utilizing another as a substitute during an academic evaluation.

Failure to comply with the designated time limits for an academic evaluation.


Plagiarism is defined as taking for one's own use the words, ideas, concepts or data of another without proper attribution. Plagiarism includes both direct use and paraphrasing of the words, thoughts and concepts of another without proper attribution. Proper attribution includes:

  • Use of quotation marks or single spacing and indentation for words or phrases directly taken from another source accompanied by proper reference to that source.
  • Proper reference to any source from which ideas, concepts or data are taken even if the exact words are not reproduced.


Each student is required to keep a day by day record of all of his/her experiments and observations and to report his/her results fully and truthfully. Any changes made in this data record must be fully annotated and explained.