Knowledge of the theories and methodologies of a profession and their application to professional practice are major components of graduate study. In addition to academic accomplishments, which are evidenced in a student's grades, graduate students must also demonstrate behavior and communication skills that are consistent with professional standards. The principal elements of professional behavior vary by discipline, but include tact; sensitivity to the needs and interests of clients, colleagues, and supervisors; good judgment; and attention to professional responsibilities. Moreover, student conduct must conform to the codes of ethics established by the particular professional associations that certify practitioners and govern their professional behavior. The principal elements of required communication skills include, but are not limited to written, oral, and signed communication.
Adherence to these professional standards of behavior and communication are essential elements of professional competence. Failure to meet these standards reflects adversely upon the individual's suitability for professional service and may be grounds for dismissal from the Graduate School.