The University seeks to create an environment that promotes academic achievement and integrity, that is protective of free inquiry, and that serves the educational mission of the University.
The University seeks to foster a community that is respectful of the rights, opportunities, and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and guests, that is free from violence, threats, and intimidation, and promotes health and safety of the University community.
The University expects all students to conduct themselves as honest, responsible and law-abiding members of the academic community and to respect the rights of other students and members of the faculty and staff to use and enjoy University facilities and to participate in University programs.
In order to preserve the spirit of community and provide a comfortable safe environment for all students enrolled in the University, the University holds each member of its community responsible for respecting the rights, privileges and opinions of other members of the community.
Students shall conduct their activities in a manner compatible with the commitment of the University to maintain an intellectual and cultural environment conducive to personal development and critical awareness, and in compliance with the laws of the United Arab Emirates, and UAE University Policies and Procedures.
The University is dedicated to responsible stewardship of its resources and to protecting its property and resources from theft, damage, destruction, or misuse.
The University is dedicated to the rational and orderly resolution of conflict.
All academic work and materials submitted for assessment must be the original work of the student or group of students. Al Falah University (AFU) has zero tolerance to Plagiarism and cheating.
Faculty members / Instructors should take into consideration the following guidelines:
Each faculty member/instructor has to verify each and every similarity index.
The Originality (Similarity) Report produced by Turnitin can be used as a tool for students to improve their academic writing and as a tool for faculty to help them decide on plagiarism.
In Al Falah University (AFU) settlement of an Academic Honesty Offenses cases resulting from alleged violations of the University’s academic honesty code are within the jurisdiction of the relevant faculty and/or Department Chair, while more serious violations or repetitive violations are brought to the Dean of the College for further action. In the case where a student wishes to bring charges against another student, he/she should do so through the Faculty member in whose course the violation occurred and/or the Head of that program. In addition to this, he/she must identify himself or herself to the faculty.
If a faculty is convinced that an alleged offense has resulted from an error in judgment on the student’s part rather than from purposeful dishonesty, the faculty may decide to use the occasion for instructing the student on acceptable standards for academic work. In such cases, the faculty may, for example, require the student to rewrite or correct the original assignment or to submit an alternative assignment or to apply a grade penalty. When faculty jurisdiction is exercised in the case of an unintentional academic violation, the faculty shall notify the Dean or the Head of General Education (in the case of student is enrolled in GE courses) and the Registrar, in order to monitor any recurrence of such errors in judgment by the particular student.
In the case where the faculty believes that the offense made by the student is a serious breach of the university’ academic honesty code, or in the cases of repetitive occurrence of such offenses, he/she must report the violation to the Dean of the college or the Head of General Education within 1 week of the occurrence of the violation or after the day in which he/she became aware of the violation. The report submitted must be supported by appropriate documentation or evidence.
Upon receiving the Faculty report, the Dean of the college or the Head of General Education will inform the student of the charges brought against him/her and arrange to discuss the charge with the student either in person or online as appropriate. The student will be presented with the charge and the evidence and he/she will be advised of the procedures including his/her rights and will be given the opportunity to respond to the charge either immediately or by writing within 5 working days. The faculty will mark the exam, but not to submit grades for the work in question until the case has been settled. If the semester grades are due before the settlement process is complete, a temporary grade of “N” will be assigned.
After reviewing the charges and the evidence, the Dean of the college in consultation with the Department Chair or the Head of General Education (as applicable) may either:
- Dismiss the case and notify the Registrar of the decision, or
- Refer the case to the Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC). A case is referred to SDC when the issue raised cannot be resolved through informal discussion or the student chooses to bring it to the formal committee. In such a case, the Dean of the college shall notify the SDC within 5 working days.
If the student violates the examination system, or violates the instructions issued by the exam hall administrator, or deliberately disrupts the exam environment and insisted on it, the invigilator or supervisor of the examination room should write a detailed report on the incident immediately after the end of the exam and get it approved by the coordinator of the examination hall. The Head of Examination Committee at the university should forward it to the Student Discipline Committee within 24 working hours (1 working day) from the time of receipt of it, and the coordinator of the examination hall should notify the concerned Dean of the incident.
The following acts shall be considered as offenses for which the student who commits any of them shall be subject to the penalties prescribed in these regulations:
The Dean of the College shall refer the offenses committed within the premises of his college or in the halls or laboratories where his/her college courses are taught to the Disciplinary Committee to investigate the violation attributed to the student to issue the appropriate penalty when the violation is established. The exception to this is offense mentioned in “Any fraud or misrepresentation in the application for admission to the university or any documents submitted by the student during his / her university admission”, where the university is entitled to apply a Dismissal and depriving the student of the benefit of academic record, without conducting an investigation with the student after the verification of the occurrence of the violation.
The penalties that may be imposed on the student are as follows:
The penalties stipulated here shall be applied to test violations that are not related to fraud or attempted fraud.
If the student is caught cheating or trying to cheat during the exam and the violation is the first attempt by the student, the following penalties apply:
If the student is caught cheating or trying to cheat during the exam and the violation is the second attempt, the following penalties shall apply:
If the student is caught cheating or trying to cheat during the exam and the violation is the third attempt, the following penalties shall apply:
Provisions of Procedures to be followed in cases of Exam Violations shall apply to any assessment(s) in Al Falah University (AFU).
Students on scholarships/discounts will lose their scholarship if they were proven to have engaged in academic dishonesty or plagiarism.
Disciplinary Penalties for Behavioral Offenses may be imposed only after investigation of the student and hearing the statements of witnesses in the case of their presence. Based on the report of the Disciplinary Committee, this shall be proved in a record and shall be marked by the penalty at the end of the minutes. Meeting appointments of the Committee shall be communicated to the student in writing or by e-mail (Student AFU email). If he fails to attend the appointed time, with the excuse not accepted by the Disciplinary Committee, his right to hear his statements shall be dismissed.
It is not permissible for a person who was involved in catching the academic or behavioral violation to participate in the student Discipline Committee in the investigation of the student, nor for the person who initiates the investigation with the student to be part of the Appeals Committee that considers the complaint submitted by the student.
The student has the right to appeal the decision issued by the Student Discipline Committee within fifteen (15) days from the date of notification in writing (in writing or electronically) of the decision issued by the Student Disciplinary Committee.
The decision to impose the penalty shall be kept in the students’ file at the Admission and Registration Unit and the Student Affairs Unit (in case of behavioural misconduct). The related side shall be informed of the decision to impose the punishment. A copy of the decision shall also be sent to the grantee of the study, if any, and to the student's guardian if s/he is a minor. If the student is mature, his/her guardian will not be notified unless, at the time of admission to the university, s/he has accepted in writing to informing his guardian about the progress of his studies. The Registration Unit shall keep all penalties imposed against the student in its student file.
If the time limit for any of the Investigation Committees has expired, it shall continue to exercise its authority until new committees have been formed to replace them.
Decisions of the Student Discipline Committee shall be issued after deliberation and by a majority of the views of its participating members. The debate on the equal votes shall be considered by the Chairman.
The student shall not be punished for the same offense more than once.
The penalty decisions issued by the Student Discipline Committee shall be submitted to the President for the issuance of executive decisions.