Congratulations on your acceptance into the Master of Science in Agriculture (MSAG) program at Washington State University and welcome! The purpose of this handbook is to provide guidelines to support you in navigating the requirements of the program, and the processes involved with meeting the requirements—for both Global and Pullman campus students. The handbook will clarify program requirements and procedures that co-exist with the policies and procedures of the Graduate School, and are not intended to replace their policy nor any other University document. Each graduate student is responsible to read the Graduate School’s policies and procedures, along with this handbook, to understand the requirements set for graduation both by the Graduate School and the MSAG program, and to refer to them as needed. When MSAG program regulations are stricter than those of the Graduate School, the MSAG program regulations take precedence. The handbook in place at the start of your graduate program will serve as the requirements for completion of your program and degree requirements.
Academic and Professional Integrity
Plagiarism and misconduct in academics and research will NOT be tolerated.
Students failing to follow guidelines dictated by the Office of Student Standards and Accountability may face dismissal from WSU. Information about definitions of academic dishonesty and the process for handling complaints can be found on the Academic Integrity Program site and the Office of Student Standards and Accountability website.
According to Academic Dishonesty at WSU, examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:
- Plagiarism – Presenting the information, ideas, or phrasing of another person as the student’s own work without proper acknowledgement of the source. WSU’s policy makes no distinction between intentional and unintentional plagiarism. Bad citation = plagiarism.
- Unauthorized Assistance – Use of unauthorized materials in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations, or giving or receiving unauthorized assistance by any means, including talking, copy information from another student, using electronic devices, or taking an examination for another student.
- Fabrication – The intentional invention or counterfeiting of information in the course of an academic activity. The most common form is counterfeiting record of internship or practicum experiences.
A full list of definitions can be found in the Standards of Conduct under WAC 504-26-010 Definitions.
Washington State University promotes and maintains the principles of research integrity. It is imperative that new graduate students conducting research understand the importance of WSU’s standards and guidelines before embarking on their graduate studies journey. Toward this end, WSU requires graduate students to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research Training set up and managed by the Office of Research. All students are provided a secure link to this training in their admission certificate.