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
1. Uphold the highest standards of personal and
academic integrity in every facet of the program.
Never 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 sour
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.
Egregious instances of academic dishonesty can
result in dismissal from the business program.
2. Although no dress code is expected, students
3. Classes begin and end at set times. Students
taking business classes are expected to:
o Arriving late is disruptive and disrespectful.
o If commuting or parking are concerns, leave for
class five-minutes earlier.
4. Students taking business classes are expected to
attend all classes.
5. While in business classes, students are expected
o If on-call for a legitimate work-related reason,
the phone must be set to vibrate.
o Sleeping in class will not be tolerated for any
Refrain from doing anything not related to the
current class (i.e., doing homework for another
class; organizing a day planner; reading a
Avoid side conversations.
o 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
6. When completing assigned coursework, students in
business classes are expected to:
o 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
o 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
o 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
o 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.
o 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.
o 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 obligations.
In summary, a business person is expected to
have a presentable appearance;
arrive on time;
stay until the meeting or activity concludes;
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 own.
Students taking classes in the Perdue School of Business
will be expected to do the same.