is a moral code, a set of values, an ethical policy or a culture of proper
academic behavior as far as research and scholarship are concerned.
involves rules that are binding on both teachers and
ensures that proper credit is given to scholars and writers for their ideas
necessitates fair evaluation of student work and prohibits any form of
fosters academic and ethical development of students and prospective
the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University academic integrity is,
therefore, integral to creating, disseminating, and applying knowledge in an intellectual
and ethical environment that contributes to maintaining and enhancing teaching/learning,
research, scholarship, and academic publishing.
The Principles of Academic Integrity:
the rules and principles of academic integrity means that a student is expected
acknowledge and cite all use of ideas, results, and written products of
others whose citation, materials or collaboration contribute to his/her scholarly
realize that failure to uphold the principles of academic integrity not
only compromises the reputation and value of his/her academic achievements and
accomplishments, but it also compromises the reputation of the Department as a whole,
and the value of the degrees awarded to students of the Department.
understand that violations of academic integrity, such as plagiarism,
cheating, fabrication, and facilitating dishonesty reflect immoral and unethical
conduct that involves potential criminal activity punishable by law.
following applies to all sources: written, oral or on-line (free or paid
Types of Violation
of Academic Integrity:
the presentation of another’s ideas, methods, research or words without proper
acknowledgment. This occurs when failing to cite a reference results in passing off
another’s work as one’s own. It includes close paraphrasing as well as lifting sentences
verbatim without acknowledgment of the source. The negative effects of plagiarism will be
the same regardless of intent and a plagiarist deserves a serious penalty.
As few as using three words from someone else’s work qualifies as
You plagiarize an idea by adopting it as your own. This idea could be a
thesis sentence, an argument, a method that somebody else came up with. Lifting and
using this idea as your own is plagiarism.
Even with statements, ideas and methodologies that are in common use,
acknowledging them is vital.
This is the use of
inappropriate and unacknowledged materials, information, sources (hard or soft), or
study aids in any academic exercise. The use of books, notes, and conversation with
others is restricted or forbidden in certain academic contexts. Their use in these
cases constitutes cheating.
Cheating includes submitting
papers, research results, analyses, statistics, etc. as one's own work although they
are prepared by others. Copying another student's work or answers in an assignment is
cheating. Similarly, students must not request others (including commercial term
paper companies) to conduct research or prepare any work for them. Cheating also
involves the submission of an assignment or part(s) of an assignment to satisfy the
requirements of more than one course.
C. Facilitating Academic
Dishonesty: The facilitation of academic
dishonesty takes place when students, knowingly or negligently, allow or assist
another student to use their work (written assignments, research papers, end of term
projects) or submit it. Aiding others in academic dishonesty is a violation of
academic integrity. Such students are as guilty of intellectual dishonesty as the
student who receives the material even though they themselves may not benefit
academically from this dishonesty.
is explained and ways to avoid plagiarism are discussed at the beginning of every term. A
warning, which includes an explanation of the penalty of plagiarism/cheating, is given to
all students. In the case of the first assignment: if students plagiarize after the
warning, they lose the mark of this particular assignment. At this point, students can make
up for grade loss through the mark of oral work, participation, attendance, etc. The policy
is reiterated in class as a second warning. In the case of the second assignment: if
students plagiarize, whether or not they plagiarized before, they lose the mark and cannot
make up for this as they will have received the two general warnings in class. Repeated
acts of plagiarism will result in the referral of the student to a disciplinary committee
which may decide to suspend the student for a year or dismiss him/her from the
course teacher discovers an instance of plagiarism, this should be reported to the Academic
Advisor and the Head of Department. The student will be referred to a disciplinary
committee and notified of the date of the meeting. Members of the hearing committee
(Department Head, Academic Advisor, the reporting course teacher, and two Professors) meet
with the student who is given the chance for defense. The members of the disciplinary
committee determine the appropriate decision. The student is notified and receives a
written report/warning (and most likely loses the grade of the given assignment). Second
time plagiarism results in failing the course. Third time plagiarism results in
dismissal from the program.
Administrative Role of
Assessment of the
Academic Integrity Committee:
Members: Hoda Gindi, Hoda Elsadda, Randa Aboubakr, Loubna Ismail, and Walid