University Policies Regarding Academic Integrity

The Code of Academic Ethics details the violations that comprise academic integrity. The below policies address various university policies, processes and procedures impacted by academic integrity violations. 

For Undergraduate Students

Academic Integrity Policy 

As stated in the university catalog:

"An instructor has full authority to deal with an academic dishonesty incident within the context of his/her course. Disciplinary action may cover the range from reprimand to "F" for the course grade. The instructor may also recommend suspension or dismissal from the University.

The instructor's action on incidents of academic integrity must be communicated to the student(s) involved as well as to the Student Affairs Office and the office responsible for monitoring academic integrity by her/him within two weeks of the time the instructor became aware of the incident.

All cases of academic dishonesty are to be immediately reported to the chair of the Academic Integrity Committee and to the Chair of the instructor’s department. In the case of a recommendation for suspension or dismissal, the Academic Integrity Committee will meet promptly to investigate and submit a recommendation to the Provost, who is the final authority.

All students involved in academic dishonesty will receive an official letter of warning from the University administration, a copy of which will remain in the students’ file in the department as well as in the Student Affairs Office and the office responsible for monitoring academic integrity.

Once the Academic Integrity Committee has given a hearing to the student and submitted its recommendation to the Provost, no further appeal may be made unless substantial new evidence is presented to the Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee, who will evaluate the evidence and reopen the case if deemed necessary." 

Dropping a Course

Students who have either a pending case or have been found to have violated the Code of Academic Ethics are not permitted to drop the course. As such, faculty are asked not to sign withdraw forms. Drop requests that get as far as the registrar's office will be denied. Students are not dropped from a course until they receive confirmation of the drop via email. Students are responsible for all work missed should they stop attending before the confirmation of the drop.

Grades and Repeating a Course

Students who have are found guilty of academic dishonesty will have the grade in the course of the violation a permanent part of their GPA. Students who receive a grade of D+, D, or F are permitted to retake the course. In these instances, the original grade will remain and average with the new grade in the GPA. The full policy can be found in the university catalog under the section: "Retaking Courses Outside of the Course Repeat Policy."

Reporting Cases

It is important that all cases be reported to the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC). While faculty are given the right to address cases as appropriate, reporting to the AIC serves multiple purposes. First, it ensures that there is continuity in application of university policies related to academic dishonesty, such as ensuring courses are not repeated with impunity. Second, it allows for monitoring of violations. This serves two purposes: 1) it allows for the monitoring of trends 2) it allows for harsher sanctions for students who are repeat violators. 

 

For Graduate Students

Grades and Repeating Courses
As stated in the university catalog:

"If the student’s grade point average falls below “B” either in graduate work or in prerequisite course requirements, he/she will be placed on probation for one semester, during which time he/she must regain a “B” average.

A graduate student who receives an “F” in any course will normally be dismissed and not be allowed to continue in the university (please refer to the course repeat policy in the following paragraph); a student may also be dismissed from the university if he/she does not complete all program requirements within the period specified under ‘Residence’.

With the recommendation of the program and the approval of the school dean, a graduate student may be allowed to repeat one course, except if the grade is received for breaching academic integrity (please refer to the following paragraph for “F” grades due to a breach of academic integrity). With the recommendation of the program and approval of the school dean, substitution is allowed for an elective or an infrequently offered course. Both the original grade and the new grade will appear on the transcript but only the new grade will be used in calculating the GPA. Repeat forms are available at the Office of the University Registrar’s webpage http://student.aucegypt.edu. A student dismissed because of an “F”, and allowed to repeat the course, will need to petition for a readmission to the program.

 A graduate student receiving an “F” grade in any course because of a breach of academic integrity will be dismissed from the university. Upon the recommendation of the program and the approvals of the school dean and the dean of graduate studies a student may be allowed to retake the course when it is next offered, unless otherwise stipulated by the academic integrity sanctions. Both the original grade and the new grade will appear in the transcript and both will be used in calculating the GPA. Until the student retakes the course, he/she is not allowed to register in any other courses.  A student dismissed because of an “F” due to a breach of academic integrity and allowed to retake the course, will need to petition for a readmission to the program.

 This privilege of repeating and/or retaking a course may be exercised only once."

Dropping a Course

Like their undergraduate counterparts, graduate students are not permitted to drop a course in which there is a pending violation or a determination that the Code of Academic Ethics has been violated. Again, faculty are asked not to sign withdraw forms. Drop requests that get as far as the registrar's office will be denied. 

Reporting Cases

It is important that all cases be reported to the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC). While faculty are given the right to address cases as appropriate, reporting to the AIC serves multiple purposes. First, it ensures that there is continuity in application of university policies related to academic dishonesty, such as ensuring courses are not repeated with impunity. Second, it allows for monitoring of violations. This serves two purposes: 1) it allows for the monitoring of trends 2) it allows for harsher sanctions for students who are repeat violators. 

Should you have any questions regarding academic integrity, please do not hesitate to contact the Academic Integrity Office at aic@aucegypt.edu or by calling ext. 2675.