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Academic and Professional Standards

A.  Grades

It is expected that students will perform satisfactorily on all required  courses.   To remain in good standing in the program a student is required to maintain the following standards:

  1. An overall grade point average of 3.0 in graduate level coursework.
  2. Removal of any incomplete grades within one semester or summer session of their occurrence, unless special permission is granted by the Graduate Studies Committee.
  3. BMS 795 Independent Study will be graded S/U.  The student should consult the course syllabus to determine what is required to achieve an S.  A U in BMS 795 will result in the student being placed on probation.  A second U will result in dismissal from the program.

Failure to comply with these standards will result in the student being placed on academic probation.  Academic probation must be removed within one semester or it may result in dismissal from the graduate program.

B. Evaluation of the Student's Progress

The progress of each student will be reviewed by the faculty at the end of each semester.  A member of the mentoring team will be responsible for presenting the progress of their respective student(s).  Evaluation will include grades in academic coursework, the reports on independent study progress, and any written accolades or concerns by the advisor.

B.1. Student Code of Academic and Professional Integrity

Developing and practicing high standards for professional conduct are critical for the scientist.  Students should read and abide by the Student Conduct Code found at the website below.  Both the University Graduate Council and the Graduate Faculty consider maintaining scientific integrity to be of utmost importance.  All students are also required to complete the CITI training in Scientific Ethics.  All students are directed to be familiar with the University's policy on this subject.  This can be found at:


Students should pay particular attention to the avoidance of plagiarism in all writing.  The University's definition of plagiarism is:

" The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. "  (from: The Student Conduct Code; http://studentlife.wvu.edu/office_of_student_conduct/student_conduct_code)

Students who have any questions regarding what constitutes plagiarism should request clarification from the faculty before embarking on any writing assignment.  Failure to adhere to these standards of scientific integrity will result in disciplinary action by the graduate faculty and may jeopardize the student's status in the graduate program.

C.  Vacations, Sick Leave, and Work Schedules

The students will adhere to the University calendar and break schedule for their coursework.  Because the independent study project is ongoing throughout the year, the student should expect to spend the breaks between the fall and spring semester and the spring semester and summer session, to move this project forward.

There is no plan for sick leave for students.  Students who are sick will need to inform course faculty of this and arrange to get notes and make up the work.  Any policies that instructors have for absences from their courses will apply to the students in this program.  The student is cautioned that the degree is granted based on completion of all components and thus frequent absences can jeopardize the completion of the independent study project.  As part of the student's professional training, they are advised to adopt habits that promote health, such as proper nutrition, hygiene, regular exercise, and sufficient sleep.

Students who need an extended absence (greater than 1 week) from the program due to illness, pregnancy, or personal issues will need to request a formal leave of absence from the program.  The Health Science Center Guidelines need to be followed to apply for this.