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The policies listed herein are the collective policies of the University as related to expectations of behavior and ethics for all members of the AUC community. They incorporate those under the jurisdiction of the Office of Human Resources as related to staff affairs; the Security Office as related to safety, health and secure environment of AUC community; and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance as related to University administrative matters. They are arranged alphabetically and by cluster according to severity. The alphabetical listing defines the policy and provides information related to the responsible office and the severity level or “cluster”. Clusters refer to first time violations. Subsequent violations will elevate the severity of the sanction cluster to a higher level.

When more than one responsible office is listed, it means that depending on the nature of the violation, more than one office may serve as the responsible adjudication body.

A: Alphabetized List of Policies

Aiding and Abetting-
Providing material, information, or other assistance, which fosters, promotes or assists in the violation of University policy; providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding a policy violation
Responsible Offices: Office of Human Resources
Cluster B

Alcohols and Drugs Free Workplace- AUC prohibits the use of alcohol on campus and during student activities. Egyptian law prohibits the serving or drinking of alcohol in public places except in hotels, tourist establishments and clubs of a touristic nature. AUC’s policy conforms to the law by prohibiting any unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by students or employees on the AUC campus. Possession or use of alcohol on campus, during student activities, on University premises, or at University-sponsored events is not permitted. This includes public intoxication, defined as appearing in public areas of the campus while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

AUC also prohibits the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of any controlled substance (drug) by students and employees on the AUC campus during student activities. This includes the abuse and misuse of prescription medications. Violations of this policy may lead to dismissal.

Responsible Offices: Office of Legal Affairs
Cluster A, C (for public intoxication)

Bribery - Engaging in acts of bribery or attempted bribery in order to affect a favor or advantage is prohibited. Both those who offer and those who accept bribes are culpable.

Responsible Office: Office of Legal Affairs
Cluster A

Bullying - The unwanted, aggressive behavior such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose, in person, in writing, by telephone or electronically

Responsible Office: Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Cluster B


Bus Service Policies and Procedures -
All members of the AUC community are required to adhere to the Bus Service Policies and Procedures.

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Cluster varies depending on the violation

Conflict of Interest - This policy is designed to shape acceptable and non-acceptable behaviors to ensure that all members of the community comply with the same standards. This includes obeying Egyptian law, not allowing improper payments, receiving gifts or bribery from any person, including other staff members, students, faculty, third party, supplier, or official.

By adopting this Conflict of Interest Policy, the University reaffirms the value of collaboration with both public and private institutions as a mean of fostering wide access to the practical benefits of University research and creative endeavor. By adopting this Conflict of Interest Policy, the University also (i) demonstrates its commitment to the ethical principles that guide University operations and (ii) establishes a mechanism to safeguard University and faculty integrity so that University engagement can optimally benefit society. Click here for more information.

Responsible Office: Office of Legal Affairs (to be replaced by Disclosure Review committee whenever established)
Cluster (A)

Discrimination- Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or disability is prohibited. This applies to hiring, firing, recruitment, testing, retirement, disability leave, reasonable accommodation for the disabled, and other terms applicable to conditions of employment.

Responsible office: Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Cluster: A

Dress Code- AUC prohibits the wearing of bathing suits outside of the pool area. Employees provided with uniforms must wear them while at work and adhere to the employee dress code and uniforms policy.

By adopting this Dress Code and Uniform Policy, the University (i) demonstrates its care for the professional and other presentable image of its employees and (ii) establishes a mechanism to safeguard the identity of its employees, their sense of pride in the institution, as well as the safety and security of employees and members of the AUC community.

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Cluster C   

Failure to Obey a Security Official- All members of the AUC community are obliged to follow the instructions of security guards as related to application of University policies, public safety, and preservation of University resources; for example: failure to vacate a room or building during a fire or drill. The AUC Security Office and its personnel are authorized to ask any member of the University community to produce their ID for inspection at any time. Security officers may ask to see the face of all individuals on campus at any time so as to determine their identity.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster B


Firecrackers/ Fireworks-
Firecrackers and fireworks are prohibited on campus except with approval of security and professional oversight in designated open areas.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster C

Fraud- Inventing or falsifying information, data, or citations (including election tampering); presenting data gathered outside of acceptable professional guidelines; failing to provide an accurate account of how information, data, or citations were gathered; altering documents affecting academic records; forging signatures or authorizing false information on an official academic document, grade, letter, form, ID card, or any other university document; submitting false excuses for absence, delay, or illness. Falsification of documents, including but not limited to student IDs, bus passes, and parking permits, will be subject to severe disciplinary penalties. Community members must always bring their IDs to campus; lending IDs to others, whether to AUC affiliates or visitors, is considered fraud. Impersonation or facilitating impersonation is also prohibited.

Responsible Office: Office of Legal Affairs
Cluster varies depending on the violation

Freedom of Expression Policy Violations- AUC encourages open study and examination of all intellectual subjects in its academic work. The University is a place where ideas may be expressed freely both inside and outside the classroom. The only limits on these freedoms are those dictated by applicable law and those necessary to protect the rights of other members of the University community and to ensure the normal functioning of the University. Click here for more information.

Responsible Office: Office of Legal Affairs
Cluster B

Gambling- Gambling is strictly prohibited by Egyptian law and, accordingly, on campus.

Responsible Office: Office of Legal Affairs
Cluster B


Gift Acceptance-
Corruption is likely to take place in the form of accepting gifts or bribery, whether monetary or non-monetary. Gifts including entertainment and hospitality are acceptable if they fall within reasonable boundaries. Staff members should be sensible in accepting the above, in order to avoid being questioned. In case the staff member is in doubt on whether to accept a gift, or a lunch invitation for example, he/she should consult with the manager or the Legal office.  Click here for more information

Responsible Office: Office of Legal Affairs
Cluster A

Driving Golf Carts- Only authorized personnel, including students, staff or faculty members, are allowed to drive a golf cart with the following guidelines: (1) smoking is prohibited, (2) mobile phones are not to be used while driving, (3) Reasonable speed limits must be observed, (4) no carts are not to be driven across Bartlett Plaza except those of the Medical Clinic; a permit for use should be available at all times.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster C

Harassment- AUC is committed to providing a secure educational and work environment for its students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Harassment includes psychological harassment, persistent nasty remarks, sarcastic comments, offensive jokes and language, threats. Demonstrated lack of respect may result in disciplinary action. Accordingly, the University does not tolerate any form of harassment, including sexual harassment. Click here for more information.

Responsible Office: Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Cluster A

Intellectual Property Policy- This policy provides guidance to faculty, staff and students on the principles, practices, and procedures of the University with respect to Intellectual Property. This policy is based on two fundamental principles:
1. Enhancing academic freedom;
2. Protecting the respective interests of all concerned.
Click here for more information.

Responsible Office: Office of Legal Affairs and Technology Transfer Office
Depending on the violation

Information Technology (IT) - failure to comply with AUC’s IT policies is prohibited. This includes regulation of email administration and access, IT security issues, and electronic mailing lists. It also includes violations committed using these technologies.

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources and Chief Technology Officer
Cluster A or B depending on the violation

Intimidation and Retaliation- using your power  granted through office, position or seniority - to coerce information or acts out of other members of the community (e.g. demands for subordinates to get coffee, acquiring access to emails or other communications). Forms of intimidation include threatening, effecting, or encouraging bodily, professional or financial harm to any faculty, staff, administrator, or student who has witnessed or reported a violation of policy

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Cluster A


Misappropriation of University Resources-
Using University resources, physical or monetary, in a manner other than they were intended (e.g. embezzlement)

University resources must be reserved for business purposes on behalf of the University. They may not be used for personal gain, and may not be used for personal use except in a manner that is incidental, and reasonable in light of the employee's duties. University resources include, but are not limited to, the use of University systems (e.g., telephone systems, data communication and networking services) and AUC domain for electronic communication forums; the use of University equipment (e.g., computers and peripherals, University vehicles); the use of procurement tools such as purchasing cards and petty cash; and, the time and effort of staff and others at AUC.

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Cluster A

No Smoking Policy- Smoking is not allowed in any AUC building or vehicle owned or leased by the university, including single-occupancy offices, balconies, stairwells and open-air areas within buildings and outside the entrances to buildings. Smoking is also prohibited in bus lines, security lines, and food lines. All members of the community should be familiar with the full policy.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster B


Off-Campus Violations-
Actions and activities that would be prohibited on campus are also prohibited at University sponsored events off campus. While sanctions would ordinarily be consistent with on-campus violations, additional, urgent and more severe sanctions may be necessary, depending on the circumstances including, but not limited to, immediate removal or expulsion of the violator from the activity at the expense of the community member. Additionally, off-campus behavior that damages the mission, reputation and/or pose a threat to the security of the University or its community may also be sanctioned. This includes acts of violence against other members of the AUC community; impersonation in an effort to commit fraud (e.g. taking an IELTS or SAT exam for someone else so they can gain access to AUC).

Responsible Office: Same office responsible for the same on-campus violation
Cluster Immediate Action, A, B or C depending on the violation

Open Fires- All unauthorized open fires, including the burning of candles and incense, is prohibited in all University facilities.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster B

Parking- Violation of parking regulations on campus includes failure to show a parking permit, and AUC ID, or in the case of a visitor, a national ID, in addition to the misuse of the parking lot by ignoring the spaces allocated for vehicles, parking in a way that prohibits normal function or causes threats to public safety. Click here for more information.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster B


Physical Assault-
A physical altercation or attempted physical altercation

Responsible Office: Office of Legal Affairs and Security Office
Cluster A, Immediate Action


Use of Prayer and Meditation Spaces-
Prayer and meditation areas have been designated at AUC for the sole purpose of prayer or meditation. The areas are to be used by AUC students, staff, faculty and authorized visitors. These areas should not be used for studying or meetings, nor should anyone bring food or beverages into such designated spaces. A list of prayer and meditation areas can be found here.

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Cluster C


Prevention of Normal Duties-
Activities that intentionally prevent any member of the AUC community from carrying out their normal function is a serious violation of University policy and Egyptian law (e.g. blocking a professor, student, staff member, or administrator from entering a classroom, office, or other University premise; failure to show bus passes when asked; blocking buses from departing on time.)

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster A, Immediate Action


Privacy and Confidentiality-
This policy is stemmed from the importance of retention of information, non-authorized disclosure of the institution’s data. Confidentiality applies to all sources of communication; verbal, written, email and social media communication. For more information, please refer to the policies below:

Acceptable Use Policy
AUC Record Management
AUC Password Policy
Electronic Email
Privacy Rights of Student Records

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources and Chief Technology Officer
Cluster: C

Public Indecency - AUC abides by all laws regarding public conduct, therefore acts that are prohibited in public spaces are also prohibited on campus.

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Cluster A or B depending on the violation

Reckless Behavior- Conduct which creates a substantial risk of harm to persons or property or to results in substantial interference with University activities is prohibited. This includes rioting and incitement, driving in such a manner that causes threat or infliction of injury or damage (e.g. speeding, disobeying road signs)

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster A, Immediate Action

Sexual Assault - Acts or attempted acts of sexual contact or behavior that happens without consent. Examples include rape, fondling, attempted rape.

Responsible Office: Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Cluster A, Immediate Action


Social Solidarity Activities-
While AUC calls for unity and uniformity among all members of the community, it has been noted that actions pertaining to collection and distribution of money or other personal valuables at the workplace are sometimes abused. Therefore, AUC is recommending the limitation of engaging in such activities in the workplace, as the University will not be responsible for any fraud, wrong doings, or theft that may result from abusing these acts.

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Cluster C

Theft- Theft of any kind, including theft of AUC property, or that of other members of the AUC community will result in prompt and severe disciplinary action.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster A

Unauthorized Digital Access- Viewing or altering in any way computer records, modifying computer programs or systems, releasing or distributing information gathered via unauthorized access, or in any way interfering with the use or availability of computer systems/information

Responsible Office: Office of Legal Affairs, Security Office and Chief Technology Officer
Cluster A

Unauthorized Entry- Unauthorized entry to AUC premises is completely forbidden. Entry to the University is strictly limited to authorized gates and security checkpoints only.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster A or B

University Communications Policy- Communications policies outline the rules and regulations that govern the representation of the University to internal and external audiences. These policies extend to all forms of communications and apply across all channels and communication vehicles in which the University is being represented as an institution. The purpose of these policies is to ensure that all communication that takes place on behalf of the University is done in a manner that is consistent with the University’s quality standards, branding and visual identity manual, editorial style guide and strategic positioning. Click here for more information.

Responsible Office: Office of Communications
Cluster C

Vandalism- The purposeful destruction, or threat of destruction, of campus (e.g. A/V equipment, library resources), this includes hacking or tampering with University systems (such as alarms, or IT networks and systems) 

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster A or B, Immediate Action depending on the violation

Vehicles- No vehicle is permitted on campus without registration. Registered vehicles (including golf carts) only are allowed to campus.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster C

Verbal Abuse- The use of obscene, profane, or derogatory language that abuses or defames another person through slander or libel

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Cluster A or B

Verbal Assault-The threat of violence coupled with some action to cause apprehension (fear) in the victim; intention is irrelevant.

Responsible Office: Office of Human Resources
Cluster A

Weapons- Using, exhibiting, or possessing a potentially dangerous instruments, such as whips, self-defense weaponry, batons, illegal knives, guns, rifles, bombs or other explosive devices. This includes the storage of any item that falls within this category on University property (e.g. in dorms, vehicles parked on campus.) Use of common items in a manner intended to threaten or cause harm is also prohibited.

Responsible Office: Security Office
Cluster A, Immediate Action; anyone found in possession of an explosive device will be immediately reported to the authorities.