Business Student Code of Professionalism
Faculty at the Perdue School
of Business expect every student in business classes to engage
in conduct consistent with the professional and ethical conduct
a business organization would expect of employees.
The norm used in deriving this code of conduct was the general
set of behavioral expectations that would apply to a business
person while in a meeting with a client and/or a superior. As a
guide for students, consider how you would act in such a
situation and apply the equivalent standard to your in-class and
out-of-class academic interactions.
Uphold the highest standards of
personal and academic integrity in every facet of the program.
submit work with the intention of seeking credit for that which
was completed by others without fully disclosing and crediting
the original author(s) or source.
Any form of cheating, illicit
collaboration, falsification, or any other act deemed to be in
violation of academic integrity standards will result in
sanctions in accordance with the University policy, outlined in
the Student Handbook.
instances of academic dishonesty can result in dismissal from
the business program.
Although no dress code is expected,
students should not:
Wear hats in business class or
during extra-curricular business school activities.
Classes begin and end at set
times. Students taking business classes are expected to:
Be in their seat and ready to begin
class at the scheduled time.
Arriving late is disruptive and
If commuting or parking are
concerns, leave for class five-minutes earlier.
Remain in class until dismissed by
Leaving in the middle of class is
unacceptable for non-emergency situations or without prior
Students taking business classes
are expected to attend all classes.
Individual faculty members devise
their own attendance policy and absence guidelines.
Students will be informed of that
policy on the first class meeting.
While in business classes, students
are expected to:
Turn off all cell phones.
If on-call for a legitimate
work-related reason, the phone must be set to vibrate.
Stay awake and alert, with
attention focused on the class activity.
Sleeping in class will not be
tolerated for any reason.
Refrain from doing anything not
related to the current class (i.e., doing homework for another
class; organizing a day planner; reading a newspaper).
Avoid side conversations.
Talking to a classmate or neighbor
during a lecture is disruptive to those students around you who
want to learn and disrespectful to the faculty member.
When completing assigned
coursework, students in business classes are expected to:
Devote the necessary time outside
of class to complete the work.
Expect to spend 2-3 hours per
week on coursework for every credit hour earned in the
class. For example, a 3-hour business course represents
in-class time plus 6-9 hours per week outside-class time.
Students taking a full-time
schedule in the business program (15 credit hours per semester)
should be dedicating between 30 to 45 hours each week to
their courses, not including class time. This is equivalent to
what is expected of a full-time employee.
Full-time or part-time employment
does not grant students in business classes an exception
to the time they are expected to dedicate to their education.
Students choosing to work full or
part-time must manager their time carefully so that assignments
and projects are not neglected until the last minute.
Students participating in organized
campus activities are not exempt from meeting educational
expectations in the business program. Course schedules should
be planned in advance to avoid any conflict between scheduled
activities (e.g., athletic games, performances) and classes.
Work cooperatively with other
students on group assignments.
Respect the need to plan ahead and
schedule tasks such that every group member has ample
opportunity to meet all of his or her other academic and outside
In summary, a business
person is expected to
have a presentable appearance;
arrive on time;
stay until the meeting or activity
be an active, contributing
participant during the meeting;
have the self-control required to
remain engaged in the meeting, even when disinterested;
be prepared, in advance, for the
meeting by completing all assigned work; and
invest the time necessary to
complete assignments without passing off another’s work as one’s
Students taking classes
in the Perdue School of Business will
be expected to do the same.
Approved: August 25, 2004