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2021-2022 Harvard Kennedy School Student Handbook



Except where explicitly noted (e.g. grading systems), all expectations related to classroom and community behavior and to academic integrity that apply when students are on the HKS campus also apply when students are not on the HKS campus, including without limitation when they are engaged in remote, on-line HKS activities.

At times, a review of academic, financial, and other considerations may lead to changes in policies, rules, and regulations. Harvard Kennedy School, therefore, reserves the right at any time to make changes, which may affect such matters as tuition and other fees, degrees and programs offered (including the modification or possible elimination of degrees and programs), degree and other academic requirements, academic policies, rules pertaining to student conduct  and  discipline,  fields  or  areas  of  concentration,  and  other  rules  and  regulations  applicable  to  students.

Please note: non-HKS students who are enrolled in HKS courses are expected to uphold the policies set forth in the  HKS Student Handbook, including without limitation those related to academic integrity and the Code of Conduct. Non-HKS students include, for example, Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) students and cross-registrants. HKS may take any and all actions it deems necessary upon the discovery of a policy violation, including without limitation immediately requiring the non-HKS student to withdraw from the course and notifying the non-HKS student’s home institution, if applicable. Additionally, HKS may preclude a non-HKS student who has previously violated HKS policy from registering in any future HKS course.

While every effort has been made to ensure that these pages are accurate and up to date, they may include typographical or other errors. Changes will be made periodically. Do not assume that if something is not specifically prohibited in the student handbook it may be done.