5. Program Policies and Guidelines

5.1 Academic Integrity Honor Code

An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.” Upon accepting admission to Texas A&M University, a student immediately assumes a commitment to uphold the Honor Code, to accept responsibility for learning, and to follow the philosophy and rules of the Honor System. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the TAMU community from the requirements or the processes of the Honor System.

To meet this standard in graduate courses and program requirements such as the dissertation, all ideas (including text, data, or graphics) that are not the student’s must be properly cited. Note that ideas that require citation may not have been published or written down anywhere.

Almost all questions about what constitutes plagiarism, can be resolved by referring to the “Student Resources on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism” section on the TAMU Library website. Violations of university policies on academic integrity will be handled according to university guidelines. Depending on the severity of the infraction, sanctions for academic dishonesty include: 

  • A failing grade for the assignment
  • A failing grade for the course
  • Student dismissal from the program
  • Student dismissal from the university

5.2 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students who believe they have a disability requiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities, in Cain Hall or call 845-1637.

5.3 Committee Structure

  1. Chair must be inside department.
  2. Only tenured faculty can be a chair.

5.4 Target Timeline Policy

5.5 Teaching

5.6 Financial Aid Guidelines

All students accepted and admitted into the URSC program are eligible for financial aid. There are two common ways for incoming students to receive financial aid.

5.6.1 Assistantships

A graduate assistantship—teaching (GAT), and non-teaching (GANT), or research (GAR), is available to a qualified student on a competitive basis. An assistantship requires up to 20 hours a week. Appointment to an assistantship is normally for 9 months. Most assistantships are awarded through the applicant’s major department. An applicant should contact the department or graduate advisor concerning the availability of assistantships.

A graduate student (domestic or international) must register for the appropriate number of University semester credit hours to maintain full-time status during any semester or summer term in which they hold an assistantship. The student is also required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during the assistantship.

When awarded an assistantship the student will receive the following:

  • a monthly stipend
  • 9 hours of paid tuition; the student will pay in-state tuition rates for anything over nine hours,
  • health insurance

5.6.2 Fellowships

Ordinarily, a graduate student holding a fellowship is not required to perform any services. Therefore, a fellowship holder is not considered an employee and FICA regulations do not apply. A graduate student (domestic or international) holding a fellowship must register for a minimum of:

  • 9 semester credit hours during the fall or spring semester;
  • 6 hours in any combination for summer

Students who receive fellowships are exempt from non-resident tuition and must maintain a 3.0 GPA. 

5.6.3 Scholarships

Applications for departmental scholarships are accepted in January of each year. Students must apply to be considered for scholarships.