Chapter 8 Academic Honesty and Copyright
The 'Policy on Academic Honesty, Responsibility and Integrity with specific reference to the Avoidance of Plagiarism by Students' states the University’s core values and its commitment to academic integrity, gives a clear definition of what constitutes plagiarism, and outlines student responsibilities and support mechanisms in relation to the avoidance of plagiarism. You may refer to this website (https://www.eduhk.hk/re/Current-Students/Assessment/Student-Conduct-And-Academic-Honesty.html) for details.
In addition, there is a set of ‘Guidelines for Handling Suspected Cases of Academic Dishonesty’. You may also refer to the above website for details.
2. What is Academic Honesty?
The University upholds the principles of honesty in all areas of academic work. We expect our students to carry out all academic activities honestly and in good faith. This means that you
You should always approach your work in a spirit of integrity and honesty, avoiding any actions which might call into question your present and future academic reputation, or that of the University and your fellow students.
3. The Significance of Academic Honesty
The objective of university education is not only to further knowledge and academic excellence, but also to nurture human beings with high moral standards, who will be responsible citizens. One of the ways through which you can acquire these highly-valued qualities is by making sure that you keep to the following guidelines:
4. Breaches of Academic Honesty
Forms of Academic Dishonesty
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5. How to avoid academic misconduct
You safeguard yourself against possible breaches of academic honesty by:
6. Consequences of Academic Misconduct
Ignorance of the meaning or scope of academic misconduct is not an excuse under any circumstances. For example, if you do not know what plagiarism is, it is your duty to find it out such as consulting your teachers instead of just waiting to be told. Any alleged cases of academic misconduct will be handled by the Head of the academic department concerned who shall then establish an investigation committee to conduct a thorough investigation if a prima facie case for academic dishonesty exists.
To ensure an equitable process, the student shall have the right to attend an interview meeting arranged by the investigation committee, if desired and to be accompanied to the meeting with the investigation committee by a member of the University (a fellow student or a staff member). If the student does not wish to attend the meeting of the investigation committee or is unable to attend, he/ she will be permitted to submit a written account or explanation of the alleged misconduct in his/her defence. However, the student is strongly advised to attend the investigation committee such that his/her own right of self-defence can be protected.
An investigative report should be sent to the Head of Academic Department who will consider whether the student is deemed to have committed academic dishonesty. Where a case of academic dishonesty is established, the Head of academic department may consider imposing penalties which include written reprimand; make-up work; a lower grade for the assignment/course concerned; and/or a fail grade for the assignment/course concerned.
Where the alleged offence is considered to be serious or is a second offence of academic dishonesty, Head of academic department shall refer the case to the Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC) via Associate Dean of the student’s home Faculty/Graduate School for further consideration. The SDC shall summon the student for interview where he/she should be given ample opportunity to offer an explanation. The student shall have the right to be accompanied to the hearing by a member of the University (a fellow student or a staff member). Any proven acts of academic misconduct may result in the imposition of penalties which include but not limited to suspension of studies for a period of time; deferment of graduation* for a period of time; and/or dismissal from the University.
* For non-local students, the deferment of graduation may affect your applications to stay/return and study/work in Hong Kong. For details of the Immigration Guidelines, you may refer to the website of the Immigration Department (https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/index.html), if necessary.
With a view to enabling you to follow good practice, you are required to indicate your agreement that you will uphold the principles of academic honesty throughout your studies upon your admission to the University. Additionally, in order to avoid falling into the trap of academic misconduct, you should:
8. Further Advice
You have been studying hard to become a student of higher education. Following these guidelines will help you to thrive academically and get the most from your time at EdUHK.
9. Copyright Ordinance
In general, copyright exists in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, sound recordings, films, television, broadcast and cable programmes. Works made available on the Internet environment also have copyright. Any unauthorized copying in any way of any materials or data constitutes an infringement of intellectual property rights.
To avoid any infringements of intellectual property rights, you should observe the Copyright Ordinance (Chapter 528, Laws of Hong Kong) at this website: https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/. Useful information on the use of copyright works in education can be accessed from the Copyright and Course Pack Production section on the Library Website (https://www.lib.eduhk.hk/copyright-coursepack-production/), or the website of Intellectual Property Department at https://www.ipd.gov.hk/en/copyright/faqs-and-guidance-notes/copyright-and-education/index.html.
10. Student Discipline
Students are expected to exhibit high standards of personal and professional behaviour whilst trying to maintain a satisfactory academic performance. The University places great emphasis on students' professional and personal development. Cheating in examinations, plagiarism, collusion, falsification of documents or records, impersonation, theft and any other offensive activities are strictly prohibited.
Any students convicted of an offence in a court of law will be liable to instant dismissal from the University and any students who have committed a serious offence or any proven acts of academic misconduct /dishonesty will be liable to dismissal from the University, as determined by the Student Disciplinary Committee. Please refer to the Policy and Guidelines for Handling Student Disciplinary Matters in Chapter 4.4 of this Handbook and the Procedures for Appealing Against the Decisions of Board of Examiners for Discontinuation of Studies or the Decisions of Student Disciplinary Committee or Academic Departments for Disciplinary Actions or the Decisions of Equal Opportunities Complaint Committee in Chapter 4.5 of this handbook.