Rights and Responsibilities in the U.S. and at Yale
While at Yale, you will be expected to abide by University policies as well as U.S. laws.
You are also protected by policies regarding fair labor standards, salary, vacation, termination etc.
Rules & Policies
Academic Honesty and Plagiarism
Yale, like other educational institutions in the United States, has a strict zero-tolerance policy for infractions in the academic honesty code. Cheating or plagiarism of any sort is never tolerated. Cheating is when you use someone else’s work as your own without acknowledging their contribution.
Universities operate on the honor system, which makes trust a fundamental element of a U.S. education. Plagiarism is the use of another’s work, words, or ideas without attribution. The word “plagiarism” comes from the Latin word for “kidnapper” and is considered a form of theft, a breach of honesty in the academic community. Plagiarizers suffer serious consequences including suspension or expulsion from school.
Like freedom of speech, academic honesty holds a special place in a community devoted to the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. For this reason, it is important for you to learn how to acknowledge the contributions of others in your own work and to document properly your reliance on their thinking.
You can learn more about the conventions of using sources by referring to the Yale College Writing Center. If ever you have doubts about when or how to cite, ask amongst your colleagues.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Yale University is committed to the conduct of research and research training activities in a scientifically responsible and ethical manner. The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is a part of funding requirements for both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundations (NSF). See this website for additional information on who must complete RCR required training.
Refer to the Template Language for Proposal Submissions for assistance in understanding the requirements and elements of RCR education and developing a RCR educational plan.
File Sharing and Copyright Infringement
ITS offers a number of facilities and services that enable secure collaboration and file transfers.
Due to the well-known security risks, ITS does NOT recommend that you routinely share files from your own computer with other computer users via the “File Sharing” options of the Macintosh or Windows operating systems. It is much more secure to leave the “File Sharing” option in your computer’s operating system off and use the standard Yale collaboration and file storage facilities.
Peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing technology allows users to make files available for other users to download and use. The hosts store files on their computers and the file-sharing software enables other users to download the files onto their computers. Examples of P2P file sharing networks include Bittorrent, Soulseek, DC++, RetroShare, and Freenet, among others.
How you use P2P software may violate federal copyright law and University Policy. If you use P2P software, you may receive notices of copyright infringement and or be subject to other legal action. Once the University receives an infringement notice identifying a Yale network user by a Yale IP (Internet Protocol) address, Yale can identify the user. An identified Yale IP address can include any of your network registrations, the address of a computer in a department at Yale, or an IP address that you are assigned when you use the Yale VPN network.
Takedown or DMCA Notices are the most common type of copyright infringement notices that the University receives. Content owners such as the RIAA and MPAA send these notices to the ISP from which the file was made available and request that Yale forward them to the alleged infringers. When as ISP receives a takedown notice, it is obligated to takedown or disable the infringing content on the network. Consult the ITS Frequently Asked Questions about illegal file sharing for more information.
Yale is going tobacco-free on all campus properties to improve the health of our campus community. Yale is offering several resources for those who want to quit.
Alcohol and Drug Use
Alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine and hard liquors (gin, rum, vodka, etc.) will be served in the U.S. at many types of social gatherings — parties, sporting events, receptions, etc. You must be 21 or older to consume alcoholic beverages in the state of Connecticut. It is against Connecticut state law to buy or serve alcohol to anyone under 21.
To read Yale policies on alcohol, see the Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reductions Initiative (“Audrey”)
Sexual misconduct incorporates a range of behaviors including sexual assault, harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, voyeurism, and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, or has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing a person. For more details, including definitions, university policies and resources, please visit this page. Yale strives to be a community free of sexual misconduct, by promoting the essential values of respect and responsibility, providing education, and working with students, faculty, and staff to create a community that is safe and supportive for all. Yale takes all complaints and accusations of sexual misconduct seriously. More information on resources is available here.
Review Yale’s Definition of Sexual Consent here.
SHARE is available to members of the Yale community who are dealing with sexual misconduct of any kind. SHARE responders are Yale University mental health professionals. All calls to SHARE are confidential, and can be anonymous if you wish. SHARE will offer information and support, and sometimes recommendations, but won’t tell you what to do — their goal is to help you make your own informed, empowered decisions. You can call SHARE at any time of night or day, any day of the year: (203) 432-2000.
It is important to note that in the U.S. there are different levels of law including federal, state, and local community laws which might differ depending on the jurisdiction. Violating a U.S. law can have different consequences for an international scholar than for your American colleagues and can negatively impact your U.S. immigration status. While it is unlikely that you will encounter any legal difficulties, there are times in life when the unexpected happens. Knowing the law can make all the difference, so we encourage everyone to do some research and talk to colleagues.
In the case of violent domestic disputes, call 911 immediately. Any physical assault, including by your spouse or partner, is a crime. Non-consensual intercourse (even in a married couple) is considered rape. These types of crimes are customarily handled by the police, not by others - not even family or close friends.