Student Conduct and Academic Integrity


The HKUST Academic Honor Code

Honesty and integrity are central to the academic work of HKUST. Students of the University 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 will be imposed on students if they are found to have violated the regulations governing academic integrity and honesty.
 
 

Student Conduct

The University expects good conduct from its students. When problems occur, informal resolution is always preferred and students are encouraged to engage with all relevant persons in an attempt to resolve issues informally. The Regulations for Student Conduct should only be used when informal resolution has not been possible, or has not been successful.​
 
More information is available here.
 
 

Academic Integrity

The University’s approach to cases of academic misconduct, through breaches of the Academic Honor Code and academic integrity, is fundamentally educational. The process for dealing with these cases is designed to enable students to understand better the nature of academic misconduct and the high standards of academic integrity that are expected. The sanctions available in confirmed cases of academic 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:

  1. Unauthorized access to, conveyance of or receipt of examination or test questions;
  2. The giving, receiving or utilizing of unauthorized information or assistance in completing an assignment, test or examination;
  3. Breaches of the Rules for the Conduct of Examinations set out in the Annex of the Regulations for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
  4. Impersonating another student or allowing oneself to be impersonated by another student in participating in a test or examination;
  5. Submission of academic work containing purported statements of fact or references to sources and/or data that have been fabricated or falsified;
  6. Presenting for credit work that has already been accepted for credit in another course; 
  7. Submission of fraudulent documents and/or information in relation to a student’s academic performance or standing (e.g. fraudulent medical certificates to support requests to be excused from attendance or to be granted a make-up examination; fraudulent certificates or transcripts in support of applications for credit transfer or course exemption).

Plagiarism: the presentation of work which originates from other sources, including the work of other students, as the student’s own work, without appropriate attribution to the source.
 
More information is available here.
 

Policies and Regulations

For details on University policies and regulations governing student conduct, academic integrity and research conduct, please refer to:

  1. Regulations for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
  2. Procedural Framework Governing Violations of Academic Integrity
  3. Policy on Research Conduct and Integrity