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Academic Integrity

Northwestern University in Qatar Integrity Code

All NU-Q students are required to uphold the Northwestern University in Qatar Integrity Code that requires adherence to principles of honesty, fairness and integrity in academic efforts and related professional media, journalism and communication work, whether students are in school, on residency, on an internship or a job, or acting as a volunteer in a professional or academic activity.

Northwestern Academic Integrity Guidelines

Academic integrity at Northwestern is based on a respect for individual achievement that lies at the heart of academic culture. Every faculty member and student, both graduate and undergraduate, belongs to a community of scholars in which academic integrity is a fundamental commitment.
Students enrolled at NU-Q must adhere to the University’s standards of academic integrity. Questions about the acceptability of specific behavior should be addressed
to the appropriate faculty member or the director of the student’s program of study. The following is a non-exhaustive list of types of behavior that violate the standards of academic integrity:
  • Cheating: using unauthorized notes, study aids or information on an examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for regarding; allowing another person to do one’s work and submitting that work under one’s own name; submitting identical or similar papers for credit in more than one course without prior permission from the course instructors
  • Plagiarism: submitting material that in part or whole is not entirely one’s own work without attributing those same portions to their correct source (material discussing the use and acknowledgment of sources is available in Academic Affairs)
  • Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information, data or citation; presenting data that were not gathered in accordance with standard guidelines defining the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include an accurate account of the method by which the data were gathered or collected
  • Obtaining an unfair advantage: stealing, reproducing, circulating or otherwise gaining access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by the instructor; stealing, destroying, defacing or concealing library materials with the purpose of depriving others of their use; unauthorized collaborating on an academic assignment; retaining, possessing, using or circulating previously given examination materials, where those materials clearly indicate that they are to be returned to the instructor at the conclusion of the examination; intentionally obstructing or interfering with another student’s academic work; otherwise undertaking activity with the purpose of creating or obtaining an unfair academic advantage over other students’ academic work
  • Aiding and abetting dishonesty: providing material, information or other assistance to another person with knowledge that such aid could be used in any of the violations stated above; providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic integrity
  • Falsification of records and official documents: altering documents affecting academic records; forging signatures of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, grade report, letter of permission, petition, ID card or any other official University document
  • Unauthorized access to computerized academic or administrative records or systems: viewing or altering computer records; modifying computer programs or systems; releasing or dispensing information gained via unauthorized access; interfering with the use or availability of computer systems or information

It is the responsibility of every member of the academic community to be familiar with the specific policies of his or her school. A student who violates these policies may be subject to sanctions, including but not limited to one or more of the following: a letter of warning; a defined period of probation with the attachment of conditions; a period of suspension with or without the attachment of conditions; course failure; notation on the official record; exclusion from the University, with notation on the transcript; or revocation of an awarded degree.

A student may not change his or her registration in a course in which a violation of academic integrity has been alleged, regardless of whether the allegation has been referred to the designated school official. Nor may a student receive a University degree while a finding is pending or while a suspension has been imposed pursuant to a finding. Information on procedures that will be followed in cases of alleged dishonesty can be obtained from Academic Affairs. A complete statement of the University’s principles regarding academic integrity can be obtained from Academic Affairs.

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