College of Forestry Code of Professional Conduct

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, ethics, and substance abuse.

Code Applied to Instructional Activities
The purpose of the Code of Professional Conduct is to foster a learning environment and to practice behavior that is acceptable in the professional workplace. This conduct can be described simply as honest, civil, courteous, and responsible.

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 faculty and students assume that forestry students are honest and that they consistently abide by the Professional Code. Therefore, Forestry instructors may leave the classroom during tests and in other ways help students develop and promote personal integrity.

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, 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. 

Publicizing the Code

  • The CoF Professional Code of Conduct should be part of every course syllabus, and all instructors will be asked to make this known at the first meeting of each course every term.

  • New faculty and staff hires will be informed of the CoF Professional Code of Conduct as part of the introduction to the College.

  • All graduate students will learn of the CoF Professional Code of Conduct through their introductory materials. The graduate student major professor will be asked to go over this information with the new graduate student soon after their arrival.

  • A copy of the document "Living Within the Acceptable Use Policy" regarding use of Forestry computing resources will be made available to students, staff, and faculty.

  • Instructors and faculty members who oversee COF-sponsored activities (such as club advisors) are encouraged to give the Professional Code of Conduct in writing to students. Student organizations should work together with their faculty advisors to develop consequences for violations, and these should be incorporated into the by-laws of each organization.

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.