Honesty and integrity are central to the academic work of HKUST. Students must observe and uphold the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty in all the work they do throughout their program of study.
As members of the University community, students have the responsibility to help maintain the academic reputation of HKUST in its academic endeavors.
Sanctions may be imposed on students if they are found to have violated the regulations governing academic integrity and honesty.
The University expects good conduct from students. Complaints against a student for misconduct should be referred to the Dean of Students (DST). Where DST is satisfied that there has been misconduct, he/she may impose sanctions. In serious cases, or where DST determines that the University’s interests will be best served, he/she may refer the case to the Student Disciplinary Committee, which may impose additional sanctions, including expulsion from the University.
The student may submit an appeal against the decision of DST or the Student Disciplinary Committee to the Provost or the President respectively.
The University’s approach to cases of academic misconduct is fundamentally educational. The process for dealing with these cases is designed to enable students to better understand the nature of academic misconduct and the high standards of academic integrity that are expected. The sanctions available in confirmed cases of misconduct are intended to signal the importance that the University places on maintaining these high standards and to communicate this to students.
Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
Cheating: conduct designed to mislead those responsible for making a judgment on a student’s academic performance or standing, including:
- Unauthorized conveyance or receipt of examination or test questions.
- The giving, receiving or utilizing of unauthorized information or assistance in completing an assignment, test or examination.
- Breaches of the regulations for examinations set out in the Annex of the Regulations for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
- Impersonating another student or allowing oneself to be impersonated by another student in participating in a test or examination.
- Submission of academic work containing purported statements of fact or references to sources that have been fabricated.
- Presenting for credit work that has already been accepted for credit in another course.
Plagiarism: the presentation of work which originates from other sources as one’s own without appropriate attribution to the source.
Cases of alleged academic misconduct should be referred to the Head of Department/Division for review. Where the Head is satisfied that the student has committed an act of academic misconduct, he/she may impose sanctions, and file a Report on Student Academic Misconduct to the relevant Dean and the Academic Registrar for record. Unless otherwise instructed, these records will be discarded when the student graduates. Where the Head believes that the best interests of the University will be served, or where there has been a previous act of academic misconduct, the case may be referred to the Dean for review, who may impose additional sanctions. The Dean may refer the case to the Provost, and the Provost may refer the case to the Student Disciplinary Committee, for further review and consideration of additional sanctions, including dismissal from the University.
The student may appeal against the decision of the Head or the Dean to the Provost. Where a case of alleged academic misconduct has been referred to the Provost or the Student Disciplinary Committee, students may appeal against the decision to the President.
Allegations of research misconduct should be referred and dealt with under the Policy on Research Conduct and Integrity.
For details on University policies and regulations governing student conduct, academic integrity and research conduct, please refer to: