Academic Integrity

The University of Dubai upholds core values of integrity and ethical behavior by students in all academic work. Academic misconduct includes plagiarism, misrepresentation, fabrication, facilitation and cheating in exams. Apart from cases of cheating and plagiarism, the decision on whether or not to treat an academic violation as a violation of the Code of Student Conduct is at the discretion of the instructor.

1. Plagiarism
Plagiarism refers to representing another person’s words or ideas as one’s own in any academic exercise. The University of Dubai has zero tolerance towards plagiarism (i.e. any portion of a submitted document that contains plagiarism will lead to the appropriate penalty). Refer to the student handbook for sanctions. Repeat offenses receive higher penalties.

Copying substantial information (Turnitin indicates more than 20%) word for word from a source (Internet or library resources such as periodicals, books, other student projects …) without using quotation marks and giving proper acknowledgment/citation. The instructor’s discretion is needed since the software may wrongfully detect plagiarism while the student is quoting from the resource.
Paraphrasing (i.e., putting into one’s own words) a source’s text, without providing proper acknowledgment/citation.
Reproducing (without proper citation) any other form of work created by another person.

2. Misrepresentation

Taking credit for work not done, such as taking credit for a team assignment without participating or contributing to the extent expected.
Multiple uses of a student’s own work, such as  presenting the same, or substantially the same written work (or portion thereof), as part of the course requirement for more than one project or course, without the prior written permission of the instructor(s) involved.

3. Fabrication
Fabrication refers to falsifying or misusing data in any academic exercise.

Falsifying data collected in the conduct of research.
Making up or presenting falsified data in papers, manuscripts, books or other documents submitted for publication or as course or degree requirements.
iii. Making up a source as a citation in an assignment.
iv. Citing a source that the student did not use or does not exist.
v. Falsifying material cited.
vi. Attempting to deceive the instructor by altering and resubmitting for additional credit, assignments that have previously been graded and returned.
vii. Falsifying, changing, or misusing academic records or any official university form regarding oneself or others.
viii. Failing to be fully cooperative and truthful if one has direct knowledge of an alleged violation of academic integrity.
ix. Making a false accusation regarding a violation of academic integrity or other.

4. Facilitation
Facilitation refers to knowingly or intentionally assisting any person in the commission of an academic integrity violation.

Giving another student one’s assignment or paper (or a portion thereof) to copy.
Giving another student answers to an assignment.
iii. Passing information or answers to another student in an exam (or assignment), or passing information on exam/quiz content to students from other sections of the same course.

5. Cheating during Exams

Talking/ whispering during an exam; Communicating, or attempting to communicate, answers, hints or suggestions during an exam.
Copying (or attempting to) from someone else’s exam.
iii. Using or possessing unauthorized notes, supplemental notes, or other aids (such as an electronic device that contains unauthorized information), during an exam.
iv. Stealing, obtaining, possessing, or providing to another person (directly or through e-mail or Bluetooth or other device) an exam or portions of an exam, prior to or after administration of the exam.
v. Attempting to steal, or soliciting an exam or answer key.
vi. Sharing answers or collaborating on a take-home exam without explicit permission from the instructor.
vii. Attempting to deceive the instructor by altering and resubmitting for additional credit tests, quizzes, or exams that have previously been graded and returned.
viii. Arranging for another student to substitute for oneself during an examination session or in the completion of course work.
ix. Accessing unauthorized computer folders/drives during an exam

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