Republic College places a lot of emphasis on academic integrity and honesty. At all forms of studies and academic work, ideas and contributions of others researchers, students or academic-related personnel must be acknowledged and the literary work that is presented as original must be original in every aspect. Faculty, students and administrative staff all share the responsibility of ensuring the honesty and fairness of the intellectual environment at both the premises and during studies.

The Scope of the Policy:
This policy on academic integrity applies to all the students at Republic College. Through this policy, the institution aims to:

  • Clarify the institution’s expectations with regard to all its students’ behavior, quality of the academic work and ethical adherence to international academic standards.
  • Explain in clear terms what the institution deems dishonest conduct which the institution forbids upon its students and members and does not allow under any circumstances.

What do we mean by violations?
The following activities are considered direct violations of Republic’s integrity policy and all members associated with Republic College, including faculty, staff and students must be refrain from:

  1. Plagiarism
    Plagiarism means any action that involves taking someone else’s work, words, ideas or other types of academic content and presenting them as one’s own. To avoid plagiarism, students are expected to be attentive to learn the appropriate methods of research and acknowledgement in an honest and credible academic manner.

To avoid the slightest suspicion of plagiarism, all students must always:

  • Enclose every quotation in quotation marks and acknowledge the original source appropriately.
  • Include the name of the author, title of work, publication information and page reference as the prescribed method by the relevant instructor and cite the source of all the content whether summary, abstraction or adaptation of any academic material originally prepared by another academician and any factual data that is not considered as common knowledge.
  • Appropriately acknowledge any material obtained from the internet, lectures, interviews or other forms of communication by citing the original source as prescribed by the relevant instructor.
  1. Cheating in Examination
    Republic College aims to ensure the highest standards of integrity and therefore, no students should receive or provide any unauthorized assistance during an examination.
  1. Copying or Collaborating on Assignments without Permission
    When a student is assigned any project that involves collaboration among peers, each student is expected to clearly acknowledge in writing all the students or personnel who contributed to the project. At Republic College it is deemed that when any student submits any academic work with his/her name, it shall be considered his/her work alone and such submission shall be taken as a written statement of originality of the work. If the instructor allows a student to get involved in the group work, it is the responsibility of the student to understand the degree of acceptable collaboration for each assignment and to ask for clarification whenever needed.

To avoid cheating or unauthorized collaboration, a student should never:

  • Copy the results prepared by another student and present that work as his/her own, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Copy another student’s work in order to permit him/her or any other student to copy the first student’s work.
  • Submit work as a collaborative effort if any group fellow(s) did not contribute a fair share for the assigned work.
  1. Fabrication or Falsification of Data or Records
    It is considered dishonest-
  • To fabricate or falsify data in research papers, laboratory tests and academic reports or in any other circumstances.
  • To falsify the source material in a reference list or to provide false information on a résumé or any other document in regards to any academic effort.

Examples of falsification include:

  • Editing any information on any exam or class assignment being submitted for a re-grade.
  • Altering, omitting or falsely presenting fake research data to submit as one’s own findings. This includes copying research data from another student to present as one’s own; modifying it and providing any data to another student to submit as his/her own.
  1. Other forms of inappropriate Conduct:
    Under no circumstances is it acceptable for a student –
  • To claim an extension of time, a better grade or a recommendation from an instructor on false/unjustified pretexts.
  • Make any changes (including adding material or erasing material) on an exam paper, or class assignment being submitted for a re-grade.
  • Willfully damage the efforts or academic work of other students.
  • Steal, deface or damage academic facilities or materials.
  • Collaborate with other students planning or engaging in any form of academic misconduct.
  • Submit any academic work under someone else’s name other than his/her own. This includes but is not limited to sitting for another person’s exam, where both parties will be held responsible.
  • Engage in any other form of academic misconduct not mentioned here.

Moreover, students must seek further clarification from relevant professors or teaching assistants for guidance in case of any confusion. It is the sole responsibility of the student to ensure clarifications of any confusion he/she has before carrying out any actions that might fall under academic misconduct of any sort.