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University Regulations

Registration as a student constitutes an agreement to abide by University regulations such as those concerning admissions, registration, academic performance, student conduct, public health, use of the libraries, operation of vehicles on campus, University facilities, and the payment of fees and assessments. Many of these regulations are set forth in the Summer Session bulletin while others are available in relevant University offices:

The University reserves the right to withhold registration privileges or to require the withdrawal of any student who is not in compliance with its regulations.

Attendance Policy

In order to maximize your learning and to receive credit for your classes, you must do the following:

  • Attend at least 90% of classes, including lectures and sections.
  • Be on time and participate actively in all classroom activities.
  • Complete all assigned homework, including making up any work missed due to absence
  • Show substantial progress in your use of English and communication skills


At the end of the program, you will meet individually with your Effective Communication and Current Issues instructors for feedback on your progress and overall English proficiency. Credit for the course is based on the quality of your completed assignments, regular attendance, active class participation, and overall effort. The individual project is evaluated as an oral report in Effective Communication and as a written report in Current Issues. Grades are awarded on a scale of A, B, C, D, and no pass (failure), with + and - modifications.

The Fundamental Standard and Honor Code

Students are expected to observe the Fundamental Standard of student conduct, which was stated by Stanford's first President, David Starr Jordan, as follows:

"Students are expected to show both within and without the University such respect for order, morality, personal honor, and the rights of others as is demanded of good citizens. Failure to observe this will be sufficient cause for removal from the University."

The Stanford Judicial Council has ruled that the Fundamental Standard should be enforced with reference to the Stanford community and not with reference to other communities with which students may otherwise identify themselves.

The Honor Code at Stanford is essentially the application of the Fundamental Standard to academic matters. Provisions of the code date from 1921, when the honor system was established by the Academic Council of the University Faculty at the request of the student body and with the approval of the President

By their registration at the University, all students affirm the Honor Code:

  1. The Honor Code is an undertaking of the students, individually and collectively:
    • That they will not give or receive aid in examinations; that they will not give or receive unpermitted aid in class work, in the preparation of reports, or in any other work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of grading;
    • That they will do their share and take an active part in seeing to it that others as well as themselves uphold the spirit and letter of the Honor Code.
  2. The faculty on its part manifests its confidence in the honor of its students by refraining from proctoring examinations and from taking unusual and unreasonable precautions to prevent the forms of dishonesty mentioned above. The faculty will also avoid, as far as practicable, academic procedures that create temptations to violate the Honor Code.
  3. While the faculty alone has the right and obligation to set academic requirements, the student and faculty will work together to establish optimal conditions for honorable academic work.

As further classification: The formal Stanford University statement on Student Conduct Policies lists “representing as one’s own work the work of another” as a violation of the Honor Code. Plagiarism, the usual term for this violation, is the failure to credit the original source of ideas or words. This means that in an academic paper a writer may not use either ideas or words without citing the source adequately. Even if the violator does not understand the importance of the issue or the appropriate procedure for acknowledging ideas or work, the university considers such behavior unacceptable and may discipline violators by failure in that course or suspension from the university. Therefore, it is crucial for all students to know how to avoid a charge of plagiarism.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the action of using without due acknowledgment the thoughts, writing, scholarship, inventions of another. It is often the result of carelessness or ignorance: a person does not fully understand the importance of the issue or does not know the appropriate procedure for acknowledging ideas or work of someone else: this is cheating and/or theft. The University considers plagiarism a serious moral issue. It is up to you to know how to avoid it.

General rule: Provide enough information so that the reader can identify and refer to all sources you have used in writing a particular paper.

Guidelines on when to cite the source

I. Word-for-word quotation: When you incorporate phrases, sentences, or paragraphs which belong to someone else, you must use quotation marks around the borrowed words and you must identify the source either in the text or in a footnote.

II. Paraphrase: If you have relied on another person’s ideas or train of thought but changed the actual words used or the order of those ideas, you still must acknowledge your source with a citation.

III. Borrowed ideas: When your ideas or opinions have been shaped by what you have read or lectures you have heard, you must acknowledge your source. In this case you might give credit simply by stating the PERSON’s name.

IV. Material: If you use factual material gathered and organized by another person, you must acknowledge your source.

V. Common knowledge: When a fact or piece of information is known to all, you do not need to cite a source. For example, statements of ideas such as “Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies” or “Widespread use of personal computers has taken place since 1980” do not need to be credited. Ideas well known in a specialized field, but not known to the larger educated audience, should be credited.

Assistance in preparing academic papers

It is assumed that students will do their own work. In particular, students are required to work alone in courses where writing improvement is one of the objectives. A student who wishes to receive even limited assistance from a friend, a tutor, a host, or another teacher must ask the instructor for permission and/or guidelines in advance. In this course, you do not have such permission.

Students are allowed to work together on their assignments only if their instructor gives permission to do so. In this course, you do not have such permission.

Students in English for Foreign Students who submit final papers “representing as one’s own work the work of another” will receive no credit for the course.