Academic Standards and Integrity

The Harvard Chan School is committed to cultivating and maintaining a learning environment marked by high academic standards and integrity. Harvard Chan students are expected to conduct themselves in keeping with those values.

To report a violation, please submit a Code of Conduct form.

Admissions Application Policy
Occasionally, candidates for admission will make inaccurate or incomplete statements or submit false material in connection with their application. In most cases, these misrepresentations or omissions are discovered during the admission process and the application is rejected. If a misrepresentation or omission is discovered after a student is admitted, the offer of admission ordinarily will be withdrawn.  If a misrepresentation or omission is discovered after a student has registered, or registered and completed courses, the offer of admission ordinarily will be rescinded, the course credit and grades will be revoked, and the student will be required to leave the School. If the discovery occurs after a degree has been awarded, the offer of admission ordinarily will be rescinded, and the course credit, grades, and degree will be revoked.

The determination that an application is inaccurate, incomplete, or contains misrepresentations or omissions rests with the Office of Admissions, which has the authority to resolve the matter outside the student disciplinary process.  The Office of Admissions also may rescind an offer of admission in other circumstances, including without limitation if: there is a discrepancy between the transcripts originally provided as part of the application and the official versions (or translations) submitted after acceptance; the admitted candidate did not satisfactorily complete any courses and degree programs in progress at the time of application; or the admitted candidate has engaged in academic or personal conduct that calls into question their honesty, maturity or moral character or is otherwise inconsistent with the School’s expectations for conduct.

Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct is antithetical to the core values of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Students who engage in academic misconduct (including, for example, plagiarizing, cheating, or falsifying data) are misrepresenting their level of mastery and skill.

Please see below for specific policies on plagiarism, self-plagiarism, unapproved collaboration, fabrication and falsification, cheating or colluding to cheat on exams, and use of artificial intelligence tools.

All students are responsible for understanding the expectations and requirements of their academic work and knowing whether collaborative work is permitted for each of their courses and with respect to each assignment. While instructors and teaching fellows should make every effort to outline expectations clearly, the onus for seeking clarification is on the student.

The School’s code of conduct also applies to general behavior, outside of the classroom context.

For example, violations of our standards could include falsifying one’s identity for academic and professional purposes, unauthorized use of accounts, unauthorized sharing or selling of proprietary academic content, or research-related misconduct.

Research misconduct by students ordinarily will be reviewed by the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Research Compliance, as detailed in the Research Misconduct Policy. The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Research Compliance then will coordinate with the Office for Student Services, which may impose sanctions pursuant to this Code of Conduct policy, depending upon the circumstances.

The School reserves the right to determine, in a given instance, what action constitutes an infringement of honesty and integrity. Sanctions will be aligned with the seriousness of the violation and will apply to all students at Harvard Chan School, including PhD students officially enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), though GSAS may be consulted if an incident involves a PhD student. Similarly, for students who are cross-registered into a Harvard Chan class from another Harvard School, Harvard Chan School will coordinate with the student’s home school on review processes and any recommended sanctions.