Last updated: 27/05/2024

Ubuntu Academic Institute (hereinafter referred to as “UAI,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) is committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity. This Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Policy outlines our expectations for students regarding academic honesty and the consequences of academic misconduct, including plagiarism.

1. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Define what constitutes plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty.
  • Set out the responsibilities of students in maintaining academic integrity.
  • Outline the procedures for handling cases of academic misconduct.

2. Definitions

a. Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else’s work, ideas, or intellectual property as your own without proper acknowledgment. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copying text, images, or data from a source without proper citation.
  • Paraphrasing someone else’s work without proper acknowledgment.
  • Using someone else’s ideas or arguments without giving credit.
  • Submitting work that has been produced by another person or by a service.

b. Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes any action that gives a student an unfair academic advantage or undermines the integrity of the academic process. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cheating during exams or assessments.
  • Fabricating or falsifying data.
  • Unauthorized collaboration on assignments.
  • Submitting the same work for multiple courses without permission.

3. Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to:

  • Understand and adhere to the principles of academic integrity.
  • Properly cite all sources of information, ideas, and data used in their work.
  • Seek clarification from instructors if they are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism or academic misconduct.
  • Complete all assignments, exams, and other academic activities honestly and fairly.

4. Preventive Measures

To help prevent plagiarism and academic misconduct, UAI:

  • Provides resources and training on proper citation practices and academic integrity.
  • Encourages students to use plagiarism detection tools to check their work.
  • Promotes a culture of honesty and integrity within the academic community.

5. Reporting and Investigation

a. Reporting

Any suspected cases of plagiarism or academic misconduct should be reported to the course instructor or the academic integrity officer. Reports can be made by students, faculty, or staff.

b. Investigation

The course instructor or academic integrity officer will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine if there is sufficient evidence to support the allegation. If the evidence suggests academic misconduct, a formal investigation will be initiated.

6. Consequences of Academic Misconduct

If a student is found to have committed plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, the following consequences may apply:

  • First Offense: The student may receive a warning, and the incident will be documented. The student may also be required to complete an educational program on academic integrity.
  • Second Offense: The student may receive a failing grade for the assignment or course and may be placed on academic probation.
  • Third Offense: The student may face suspension or expulsion from the institute.

7. Appeals Process

Students have the right to appeal decisions related to academic misconduct. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the academic integrity officer within 60 days of the decision. The appeal should include a statement of the grounds for the appeal and any supporting evidence. The decision of the appeals committee is final.

8. Record Keeping

Records of all cases of academic misconduct will be maintained by the academic integrity office. These records are confidential and will only be shared with authorized personnel as necessary.

9. Review and Revision

This policy will be reviewed periodically and updated as necessary to ensure it remains effective and relevant. Any changes to the policy will be communicated to students and staff.