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Graduate Student Resource Guide (continued)

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HUB-Robeson Center is the site for multiple student services including restaurants, a
copy center, a bank (Penn State Federal Credit Union), STA Travel, a convenience
store, the Penn State Bookstore, the Center for Arts and Crafts, art galleries, and the
main information desk for the University.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help students resolve personal
concerns that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, and
satisfaction at Penn State. Some of the more common concerns include difficulty with
friends, roommates, or family members; depression and anxiety; sexual identity; lack of
motivation or difficulty relaxing, concentrating or studying; eating disorders; sexual
assault and sexual abuse recovery; and uncertainties about personal values and

Career Services, located in the MBNA Career Services Building, is fully equipped to
assist graduate students in the preparation of resumes and curriculum vitae and in
developing effective interviewing skills. Career Services hosts a career fair that is open
to graduate as well as undergraduate students.

Research Protections is the office that oversees all research on human participants,
animals, radioisotopes and biohazardous materials. You must have permission from this
office prior to conducting research involving any of these subjects. Permission can not
be obtained after the work has begun.

Pasquerilla Spiritual Center is home to more than fifty spiritual organizations. The
center is non-denominational and provides students with opportunities to explore ethical
and spiritual issues.

Problem resolution
Graduate students occasionally have difficulties with their advisors, their programs or an
academic matter associated with their programs. The first step in problem resolution is
always to talk with your advisor and then with the program chair or department head
and then the associate dean of your college. If satisfactory resolution remains elusive,
the associate dean of the Graduate School is available to provide guidance and
maintain neutrality. Issues discussed during meetings with the associate dean will
remain confidential if requested by the student. Appointments may be made by calling

Academic Integrity
The University does not tolerate violations of academic integrity, which include but are
not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, falsification of information, misrepresentation, or
deception. Review the complete Academic Integrity Policy.

Plagiarism is often a confusing concept. At Penn State, plagiarism means taking
someone’s words and presenting them as your own. Cutting and pasting from a web
site is considered plagiarism. Copying verbatim from any source without using quotation
marks and the full reference is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic
integrity regardless of whether it is a homework exercise, an exam, a thesis, or a
manuscript for publication.

University policies include:
Sexual Harassment (AD41)
Professional Ethics (AD47)
Parking Rules (BS04)
Intellectual Property (RA11)

Graduate Student Policies include:
Grade mediation (G-10)
Resolution of problems (Appendix II)
Termination of program (Appendix III)
Termination of assistantship (Appendix IV)
Residency requirements (Appendix V)

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