Professional Conduct in the College of Forestry

The College of Forestry is a community of faculty, staff, students, and visitors that stretches across all spectrums. Every member of the College community is responsible for conduct that creates, promotes, and maintains a learning and work environment that is open to and welcomes all persons. As a community, we embrace each member through the acknowledgement, honoring, and celebration of our commonalities and our differences.

The foundation for maintaining this environment requires that all persons must treat all others with dignity and respect at all times. The College fully supports the mission and goals of Oregon State University and affirms its support of the University policy against discrimination, as well as the University’s policies on honesty and ethics.

College of Forestry students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is honest, civil, courteous, and responsible and to foster a learning environment and to practice behavior that is acceptable in the professional workplace.

Forestry students will use only authorized sources of information in completing their exams and assignments, will honestly report all sources (and references) for work submitted, and will not assist others in using unauthorized sources or in misrepresenting the sources they use. (Copying from others’ exams, submitting dry-labbed data, and plagiarism are example violations.)

Forestry students will participate in classroom, lab, or field activities, and participate in groups with whomever one is assigned. Students and instructors will be respectful of the dignity and diversity of individuals, and strive to build constructive relationships with other students and instructors. Students will avoid disruptive and discourteous behavior; such as coming to class late, talking at inappropriate times, reading newspapers in class, using cell phones, or monopolizing class time. Students and instructors will make safety a priority in class and field activities, and will always use/operate equipment (including vehicles and tools) in a safe and legal manner. During class activities*, students, faculty, and staff will completely abstain from the consumption of illegal drugs and alcohol, and be free from their influence. During other COF-sponsored activities**, students, faculty, and staff of legal drinking age will act responsibly and moderately when consuming alcohol. 

Students are expected to adhere to the policies described in "Living Within the Acceptable Use Policy" regarding use of Forestry computing resources.

Conduct Violations
Violations of acceptable conduct not only affect the persons directly involved, but the community as well. Our goal is to first treat violations through education where effective. However, the College treats all violations as serious and will follow with disciplinary actions where necessary.  All violations of the drug and alcohol rule must be reported and will be enforced.    The College adheres to University policies and procedures as established and administered by the OSU Office of the Dean of Student Life - Student Conduct and Community Standards.


* A class activityis any scheduled activity associated with a course, including lectures, labs, and field trips. This includes overnight field trips, field school, Starker Lecture dinners, and applies to students, faculty, and staff. It does not include activities done independently by students, such as studying for classes, working on independent study classes, theses/dissertations, or internships.

** A COF-sponsored activity is any activity that is held on or off-campus that is funded or organized by the College of Forestry, or that is attended by COF faculty, students or staff using any COF funds.

The definition of student is any matriculated undergraduate or graduate student. The policy applies to all students taking COF classes or attending COF-sponsored events, whether they are Forestry students or not.