Code of Conduct

Scope and Guiding Principles

American Studies Leipzig is an institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and public service. These objectives can only be pursued effectively through a joint effort of faculty, staff, and students. Consequently the following code of conduct applies to instructors of ASL courses, ASL’s staff members, and students who take classes at this institute.

The guiding principles that lay the foundation for conduct at ASL are respect, responsibility, and integrity.


Interaction among students and between students, staff, and faculty is based on mutual respect. This applies to interaction inside and outside the classroom. Respectful classroom conduct is the basis of a productive learning and teaching experience. Students should, for example, show respect for other students’ ideas and opinions; treat their instructors respectfully; inform their instructors before coming too late or leaving early, or being absent altogether; and, use technology in the classroom responsibly, i.e., use cell phones and laptops as designated by the instructor.  In return, instructors provide for a classroom atmosphere that enables students to engage in fruitful learning, and treat their students on the basis of mutual respect.


Studying at a university requires a high degree of organizational skill and responsibility. In order to pursue an academic education successfully, students are required to complete their course work on time and engage all course material with the necessary professional attitude. Whenever questions arise, students ought to look for answers independently (i.e., on the ASL website) before they contact faculty or staff members. When contacting faculty or staff, students should bear in mind that face-to-face consultation during office hours are the preferred platform for outside-classroom communication. In return, faculty and staff will address student concerns and issues earnestly and in a timely fashion. Faculty and staff will moreover dedicate themselves to providing students with a professional and productive learning environment.   
A university’s core mission is the creation of robust, falsifiable knowledge, which requires that the sources of such knowledge can be traced by others. Plagiarism shows not only disrespect for the originality of other people’s ideas; it violates the very core of a university’s knowledge creation. Whenever students or scholars ignore this fundamental premise, the integrity of their research efforts is severely compromised. In order to protect the integrity of research, students are required to inform themselves about how to use other scholars’ ideas and concepts in their own work and submit their work according to scholarly standards.