AURAK Honor Code
Students are responsible for understanding the AURAK honor code and its provisions. Cheating, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, lying and stealing of academic work and related materials constitute honor code violations.
To promote a stronger sense of mutual responsibility, respect, trust and fairness among all members of AURAK community and with the desire for greater academic and personal achievement, the student members of the university community, have set forth this honor code:
“Student members of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah community pledge not to cheat, plagiarize, steal, or lie in matters related to academic work.”
In the spirit of the code, a student’s word is a declaration of good faith acceptable as truth in all academic matters until proven otherwise. To maintain an academic community according to these standards, students and faculty must report all alleged violations to the Student Services and Enrollment Management Office.
At the beginning of each semester, faculty members have the responsibility to explain to their students the policy regarding the honor code, what is considered an integrity violation in their courses with special attention to plagiarism. They must explain the extent to which aid, if any, is permitted in academic work. It is the sole responsibility of the student to request an explanation of any aspect of an instructor’s policies regarding the honor code that they do not fully understand.
They have an obligation not only to follow the code themselves, but to encourage respect among their fellow students for the provisions of the code. This includes an obligation to report violations by other students to the Student Services and Enrollment Management Office. Any student, who has knowledge of a violation but does not report it, may be penalized for violating the honor code.
Faculty members are also responsible for maintaining the integrity of the learning and testing process. Faculty members may actively proctor exams, prohibit the use of mobile phones in class, or take any other actions they believe are warranted.
For all academic assignments, project work, and presentations, students need to ensure that due acknowledgement is given to the source of any information which they incorporate in their work. Students must ask their professors if they are unsure whether or not something constitutes academic misconduct in any form. The following are some examples of academic misconduct:
- Cheating or using unfair means in examinations as determined by the professor.
- Significant paraphrasing in written academic work.
- Unacknowledged use of information or ideas unless such ideas are commonplace.
- Citing sources which student has not read or referred to.
- Breaching the word limit of assignments and/or intentionally mentioning the wrong word count.
- Copying from another student’s paper during an exam, or allowing or encouraging another student to copy from your paper during an exam.
- Having someone else take your exam in your place, or taking an exam for someone else.
- Obtaining unauthorized access to exams and accepting exams obtained by unauthorized access.