Academic Policies

Academic Performance

Students should consult Baruch's Scholastic Performance Requirements for information on academic probation, dismissals, and withdrawals.

Academic Integrity

College courses are intended to help develop students' knowledge and to improve their skill sets. Cheating includes any action that is intended to deceive a faculty member about the extent of a student's information, knowledge, and/or ability to communicate related to a course of study. Some forms of cheating are known as plagiarism. There are many practices that constitute cheating and plagiarism: the basic principles are given below:

Cheating includes any form of unauthorized assistance during an examination, such as using notes or other study aids, or communicating in any way with another person for the purpose of answering test questions. It is cheating to receive unauthorized help during an exanimation and it is cheating to give unauthorized help during an examination.

Cheating includes any form of unauthorized assistance on an assignment, such as a term paper or laboratory report, whether that assistance directly involves the subject matter or the way in which the subject matter is communicated. It is cheating to receive unauthorized help on an assignment and it is cheating to give unauthorized help during an examination.

Plagiarism is the misrepresentation of another's work as one's own. To avoid plagiarism, whether another's work is being presented in writing or orally, it must be acknowledged with sufficient citations to represent the source accurately. The failure to acknowledge the source of material is plagiarism regardless of whether that source was in writing, in oral communication, by electronic transmission, or by any other means.

Engaging in acts of academic dishonesty can end a student's college career and jeopardize future career goals. Baruch College is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of academic integrity.

Academic Appeals

BSPA students can file an academic appeal for a number of reasons including: 1) retroactive course withdrawal, 2) to dispute a final course grade given by an instructor. Appeals are heard by the Committee on Academic Standing, which is comprised of four faculty members elected by the entire MSPIA faculty and one student representative. Students do not appear before the CAS.

An Academic Appeals Form must be submitted along with a written statement and any supporting documentation (e.g. doctor's notes, hospital records, email correspondence, etc). The appeal form and all supporting documentation in PDF format must be submitted to mspia.advisement@baruch.cuny.edu with the subject line: ACADEMIC APPEAL.

The committee considers appeals twice per semester and once during the summer. The appeal submission deadline for Fall 2017 is Tuesday, November 21st, 2017. Any submissions received after this date will not be considered until the following spring 2018 term.