Academic Honesty

Intellectual honesty is respect for one's own mind, but intellectual dishonesty prevents the mind from developing to its full potential. Academic plagiarism is the most common form of intellectual dishonesty. Plagiarism means taking someone else's words or ideas and passing them off as your own. This form of intellectual "theft" is a totally unacceptable practice and is not tolerated by either our Department or the University.


If plagiarism is suspected, students would be required to produce supporting materials, including sources used, for review. If the suspected act is substantiated by evidence, penalty will be applied according to University regulations. That is,


Taught Undergraduate/Postgraduate Studies by Coursework

  1. If academic dishonesty is found in respect of course based assessment, an "F" grade will be assigned to the course.
  2. For more serious or repeated cases, the student concerned will be given an "F" grade for the course and more stringent disciplinary action will be taken.


Postgraduate Studies by Research

  1. If academic dishonesty is found in the submission of a thesis/dissertation, the Board of Examination could fail the student concerned and allow for a re-submission of work or terminate the candidacy of the student concerned.
  2. For details regarding official policies and procedures, please visit avoiding_plagiarism.