Academic Integrity Resources


What are my responsibilities as a student?

  1. Know and comply with AUC's Code of Academic Ethics.
  2. Sign the AUC Code of Academic Ethics Agreement upon admission to AUC.
  3. Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in all of the student’s own work at AUC.
  4. Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity by refusing to tolerate violations of AUC's Code of Academic Ethics.
  5. Report any suspected violation of the code to an appropriate faculty, admin or student judicial board member.
  6. Respect the rights of others, which includes the obligation to refrain from behavior that violates or adversely affects the rights of other members of the AUC community.
     

Where to get help to avoid violations?

AUC Library
The AUC Library offers many services to the AUC community between the various collections, online databases, interlibrary loan program, and research assistance.

While it is best to address your questions in person, sometimes that is not possible. As such, questions can be directed to the following departments:

 

Writing Center
The Mohamed Taymour Writing Center offers services to graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty. Their website provides more information regarding their hours of operation and the services they provide.

If you have questions regarding citations, paraphrasing or other technical writing issues, this is a great resource to help ensure you don’t fall into the “plagiarism trap.” However, the writing center does not and will not rewrite your paper. They will offer feedback on clarity, grammar issues and general writing help, but they will not assist in the language of the paper.

To ensure an appointment, it is best to sign up via the online scheduler. Bear in mind that peak times of the semester (midterms and finals) tend to be much busier, and as such, it is best to plan ahead to guarantee that you are able to receive an appointment well in advance of any assignment due date.

There are special hours reserved for graduate students. In addition to AUC New Cairo hours, there will also be a faculty member from the Department of Rhetoric and Composition providing tutoring Monday evenings from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the AUC Tahrir Square faculty lounge. No appointment is necessary.

 

Office of Student Support
Mentoring Unit

Study skills and time management techniques are just a few of the services that the mentoring unit offers. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring sessions, the unit also conducts workshops throughout the year.

Counseling Center
The counseling center offers trained professionals to help with personal and social concerns and difficulties.

Disability Services
The disability services office works with students with disabilities to help ensure a supportive and productive learning environment. It is important to note that concessions are not granted automatically to students, so if you believe you are entitled to special consideration, contact Alexandra Gazis to discuss your situation.

Contact information for all offices is available here.


What should I expect if I am accused of an academic integrity violation?

  1. The instructor shall explain the violation to the student and may impose a grade penalty.
  2. The instructor shall submit an incident report to the Academic Integrity Office.
  3. The student will be notified via email of the reported violation. 
  4. The Academic Integrity office shall schedule a meeting with the accused student and shall notify him/her of the appointment time and place. Students who fail to attend their scheduled appointment will have their cases decided in their absence based on the available information.
  5. Once the Academic Integrity Committee makes their decision, it is communicated to the student via email. Those of a need to know will be informed of the decision. 

What should I expect if I was found guilty of violating the Code of Academic Ethics?

  1. If the committee finds the student committed an infraction, a sanction shall be imposed.
  2. The committee’s decision with the sanction outlined will be communicated to the student via email.
  3. 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.
  4. Students who 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."
  5. Students who do not complete the assigned sanction within the communicated deadline will have a HOLD on their registration for the following semester.
     

How can I access AUC campus if I am a separated student?
Students who have been prohibited from taking courses, suspended, or expelled (collectively, periods of separation) due to academic integrity violations are not considered to be current students, and their student rights, including the right to enter the campus, is rescinded for the duration of the period of separation. Students who are separated from the University will have their IDs deactivated. They also become ineligible to use University resources for the duration of their period of separation. Every effort should be made to reduce the need to come to campus, and access will only be granted in exceptional cases. If a separated student requires access to campus, a written request must be submitted in writing to aic@aucegypt.edu stating the person you are coming to see, and confirmation of the appointment, at least 48 hours prior to the requested appointment. All requests are pending until a confirmation is sent by the Academic Integrity Office in writing. If permission to access is granted, the terms of the access will be stipulated in the approval letter. On the spot, approvals will not be granted.

 

If a believe I do not deserve the decision taken, how can I appeal?
Once a case is decided, the decision is typically final. Appeals will only be considered in the face of new evidence. If a student is appealing on the grounds of new evidence, the student must submit a written petition that includes:

  1. A summary of the case
  2. The outcome
  3. The reason for the appeal
  4. The new evidence on which the appeal is based
  5. A brief discussion of what you hope the appeal will achieve. Petitions should be signed and dated and submitted in hard copy to the AI Office. Students who plead guilty in lieu of a meeting are not eligible for appeal. 


What are the expectations of an AUC graduate student?
Graduate education at AUC engages students in a deeper, more specialized program of learning. As such, the needs and expectations of graduate students are going to be different from those of your undergraduate colleagues. The Code of Academic Ethics applies to the entire AUC community, as a graduate student you are held to a higher standard. As such, it is important to understand that any violation of the Code of Academic Ethics may result in immediate suspension and possible dismissal from the University.
 

What is required from a Newly admitted graduate student?
Newly admitted degree-seeking graduate students must successfully complete the online Academic Integrity Modules during their first semester at AUC. Registration in subsequent semesters shall not be possible until the successful completion of these modules. These newly admitted students will be contacted via email by the Office of Graduate Student Services and Fellowships during the first few weeks of their first semester with details on these online modules and how to access them.

 

What are the available resources and research requirements I should be aware of as a graduate student?
The resources linked on the home page apply to graduate and undergraduate students alike. Additionally, graduate students must be aware of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements for research involving human subjects.

 

What are the policies with regard to academic integrity breaches in any of the courses?
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 on 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 readmission to the program. This privilege of repeating and/or retaking a course may be exercised only once.


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 withdrawal forms. Drop requests that get as far as the registrar's office will be denied.

 

 

What are my responsibilities as a faculty?

  1. Know and comply with the AUC Code of Academic Ethics.
  2. Pledge their commitment by signing the AUC Code of Academic Ethics Agreement.
  3. Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in all of the faculty member’s own work.
  4. Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity by refusing to tolerate violations of the AUC Code of Academic Ethics.
  5. Report any suspected violation of the code to an appropriate faculty, administrator or student judicial board member.
  6. Foster an atmosphere of academic integrity among colleagues, students and staff.
  7. Respect the rights of others, which includes the obligation to refrain from behavior that violates or adversely affects the rights of other members of the AUC community.
  8. Take the necessary steps to apply the Code of Academic Ethics to the circumstances of their courses. These might include (but are not limited to):
  • a. Specify conditions for collaborative course work including working in groups, with lab partners, doing homework and any other submitted work.
  • b. Give clear guidelines or instructions concerning course requirements and policy.
  • c. Maintain the security and integrity of exams, including proctoring examinations and
  • quizzes properly.
  • d. Give students a reasonable time to finish exams or coursework.
  • e. Make students aware of academic integrity and creating an atmosphere of trust during exams.
  • f. Make fair and adequate evaluations of all work submitted by students. Varying course materials sufficiently and regularly to discourage dishonest academic behavior.
  • h. Secure electronic materials from unauthorized access.
  • i. Act as a role model by citing sources properly in lectures and talking about how citation shows respect for other scholars.

What are the AI policies I should be aware of as a faculty?
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 a 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 Academic Integrity Office within two weeks of the time the instructor became aware of the incident.”

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 withdrawal 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 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."
 

Which resources may help me detect violations and collect evidence?
Turnitin.com is an excellent resource that allows students and instructors to have access to a number of electronic tools that can help improve academic writing.  It can allow for peer editing of papers, instructor feedback, grading, and more. It also allows students and instructors to check if a student’s paper has similarities to other student’s papers, internet sources, books, journals, and more.  A high similarity score can indicate important problems in writing, such as plagiarism and excessive use of sources or quoting. 

 

Why is it important to report all allegations of violations to the Academic Integrity Office?
It is important that all cases be reported to the Academic Integrity Committee. 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 the application of university policies related to academic dishonesty, such as ensuring courses are not repeated with impunity. Second, it allows for the 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

 

How can I submit an incident report? And what happens next?
1- Use these steps to submit an incident report.
2- The case will be submitted to the Academic Integrity Office.
3-  It is the Academic Integrity Office’s responsibility to investigate and conduct a hearing for the student to explain his/her point of view to the Academic Integrity Committee.
4- The decision is made by the committee and a sanction is decided.
5- Those with a need to know will be informed of the decision.