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Expectations of Doctoral Students

To succeed in a doctoral program at APUS, you must be actively engaged in the community of scholarship by seeking innovative applications of theory to professional practice issues. You should be able to evaluate and synthesize scholarly literature and develop application strategies for your own workplaces. Likewise, you advance knowledge and practice in the field by critiquing theory and extending theory to real-world situations. To accomplish these tasks, you need to approach your study as an advanced practitioner and contribute new ideas to the scholarly dialogue through in-depth interactions with peers and faculty. In this cohort model of doctoral study, engaging in conversation and debate throughout the program enables you to hone your ideas and develop an evidence-based dissertation project. To further this, you are continuously enrolled in the professional practice course.

Academic Integrity and Professionalism

You are expected to maintain scholarly integrity, adhere to the University’s honor code, demonstrate professionalism in your interpersonal interactions, and practice responsible conduct of research. In your coursework, you will receive research ethics training to help navigate the research process, including human subjects research. Note that violations of academic integrity or professionalism, whether through plagiarism, human subjects research, or inappropriate behavior, will result in penalties up to and including expulsion. Please refer to the University Policies and Honor Code section of the Student Handbook for more information on academic integrity and student misconduct.

Student Conduct Process: At the doctoral level, your program leadership will coordinate with the Student Conduct office and the Graduate Studies and Research office to investigate instances of academic or behavioral misconduct. The Doctoral Student Success Committee will review these cases, in collaboration with program and school leaders, and in conjunction with the Student Conduct Officer. The academic school in which the program is located may establish penalties for misconduct and require accountability measures for your continuation in the program. Egregious conduct violations, whether academic in nature or due to inappropriate behavior, may result in immediate expulsion from the program.

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