Policies and Procedures

The Economics Department regards its graduate students as junior professional colleagues.Accordingly, we expect graduate students to behave ethically in their academic work and to maintain high standards of personal conduct in the workplace and in the company of members of the academic community that they may interact with socially.

By the same token, the administrators and faculty of the Economics Department have an obligation to maintain an environment that is safe, comfortable, and promotes academic achievement.

To heighten graduate student awareness of certain issues, to indicate the expectations that we have for graduate student behavior, and to outline the kind of department that we hope to maintain we have drawn together policy statements from a variety of sources at Georgetown University.

We expect every Economics Department graduate student to read and understand these policy statements and to comply with them; they will be discussed at the Economics Department orientation at the beginning of every academic year.

Policy Statements on:

  • I - Academic Integrity
  • II - Consensual Relations and Sexual Harassment
  • III - Discrimination


The Graduate School of Arts and sciences statement on academic integrity is found here.

Please read this material carefully. A common defense against accusations of academic misconduct is the claim of ignorance. This defense is futile. The best course is to make sure that you never make a mistake that could be construed as a violation of academic integrity. If ever you are uncertain about the integrity any action, please ask any faculty member or representative of the Graduate School.


Consensual Relations: A graduate student serving as a grader or teaching assistant may find that s/he has a supervisory or academic authority over another student with whom s/he enjoys a social relationship by mutual consent. The University Policy on Consensual Relations is provided in the Student Handbook, pages 181 - 187.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault: Under current University policies, allegations of sexual harassment and assault are dealt with through the Office of Student Conduct. The relevant policy statements are in the Student Handbook, pages 174 - 181.

The code of conduct that pertains to all Georgetown students also reflects these policies. The code of conduct can be found at: http://studentconduct.georgetown.edu/code-of-student-conduct


The University prohibits discrimination in education and employment on the basis of:

Marital Status
National Origin
Personal Appearance
Family Responsibilities
Political Affiliation
Sexual Orientation

This means that we evaluate, retain, and support our graduate students solely on the basis of academic merit. It also means that our graduate students may not discriminate against any member of the academic community. Please familiarize yourselves with the University policies on affirmative action and discrimination by reviewing the web site: ideaa.georgetown.edu/policies/

The Student Handbook also reviews policies on Bias-Relate Conduct on pages 186 - 190.