Ethics Policy and Academic Integrity

EAU Ethics Policy

 

The East Africa University is dedicated to supporting the research / study, teaching, learning and  other activities within a comprehensive ethical framework. This is reflected in the University’s value

 

EAU values freedom to put forward the frontiers of knowledge, within an ethical framework, for the good of humankind.

 

The principle of ethical review should respect the humanity and avoids causing harm.

 

EAU believes ethical issues should be understood with the following factors:

 

  • Damage to the environment
  • Political or social sensitivity
  • Impact on culture and cultural heritage
  • Respect of religious feeling

 

EAU expects its staff, students and visitors to be aware of ethical considerations by ensuring their acts are within the accepted ethical standards.

 

The purpose of this Policy is to:

 

  1. Set up the codes applicable to all research/study, consultancy projects and studies carried by or in the name of EAU;
  2. Provide members of the University with a clear understanding of the ethical review process operated by the EAU; and
  3. Promote a culture of academic freedom

 

Principles of Ethical Research/study

 

The University takes delight in the academic integrity of our staff and students, however, when academic misconduct occurs the University will take action. The University considers seriously all acts of academic misconduct, which by definition are dishonest and in direct opposition to the values of a learning community.

 

Academic misconduct includes plagiarism, collusion and cheating and may be deliberate or unintentional. Whatever form it takes, it will be thoroughly investigated and penalties will be applied if proven.

 

Academic Misconduct is a matter for students and staff together:

  1. It is the responsibility of all students to demonstrate both a level of independent thinking and the provision of clear referencing to all sources consulted.
  2. It is the responsibility of faculties to provide detailed guidance and academic study skills support alongside awareness and detection methods in all aspects of teaching, assessment and feedback.
  3. It is the responsibility of the University to provide institutional support to both students and staff alongside a clear policy and regulatory framework for a consistent approach to preventing, detecting and dealing with Academic Misconduct

 

  1. All studies and research should be designed, reviewed and undertaken to ensure integrity, quality and transparency.
  2. It is required participants to be informed about the research/study they participate
  3. Risks must be managed so that danger which might arise from the research/study must be avoided or minimised.
  4. The benefits of research/study should outweigh any potential harm or damage caused.
  5. The independence of the research/study must be clear, and any conflicts of interest or partiality must be explicitly expressed.

 

Plagiarism and Collusion

 

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is seen as a general term to describe claiming and using someone else’s ideas and writings as one’s own.  Plagiarism can take place in many forms, such as essays and dissertations, scientific experimentation, fieldwork, and all other sorts of written report where one is required to play independently and develop original material.

 

Cheating: Cheating is described as any effort to gain advantage in a way seen as deceitful means, such as includes, e.g., deception on an examination, stealing another student’s work, impersonation of another student.

 

This is not an exhaustive list and other common examples of cheating would include:

 

  1. Breach of examination regulations
  2. Copying from the work of another student
  3. Stealing another student’s work
  4. Using non-permitted gadgets in an examination to cheat
  5. Unauthorised use of electronic devices
  6. Submitting someone’s essays downloaded from the Internet
  7. Commissioning of an assessment from a third party
  8. Impersonation of another student

 

 

Collusion: Collusion is the active cooperation of two or more scholarly people to deceive examiners in one of the ways set out in the Regulations governing Student Discipline. One will be guilty of collusion if one knowingly leaves any of your academic work to be acquired by some other person for presentation as if it were that person’s own work.

 

Collusion is when two or more people unite to create a piece of work for assessment that is given off as the oeuvre of one student alone. For example – where one student has copied the work of another, or where a joint effort has taken place in producing what should have been an individual effort, including preparation for a seen examination. Collusion should not be confused with the normal situation where student learn from one another.

 

If one help another student in breaking ethics such as helping with plagiarism will be considered as guilty of connivance.

 

EAU’s primary functions of educational activity and research necessitates to sure the innovative, unique and original thoughts and research to be protected and respected.  Any action knowingly taken by a student which involves breaking the ethical rule of learning may be considered academic dishonesty and as such is an offence the University will take action which corresponds the breach of rule.

 

Appeal

 

The student shall have the right of appeal against any decision taken against them because of academic misconduct. The appeal, which must be received by the relevant faculty within 10 working days of the student receiving the case about academic misconduct.

 

If the dean of the faculty believes that a case may be a valid appeal, an Appeal Committee shall be convened.

 

In cases of suspected academic misconduct has been found the Faculty Dean shall, submit a report about the case. In cases of plagiarism, the report must clearly indicate the sections that have been plagiarised, and from what source.

 

Findings and publication

 

EAU shall help researchers to publish their research work. The most effective way of disseminating research finding is researcher to incorporate the planning stages of a research study how to publish their work.

 

It is known that the most  effective dissemination processes are designed prior to the start of a work. In creating a dissemination plan, researchers should consider several key questions:

 

  1. Goal: What are the goals and objectives of the work?
  2. Impact: What impact will have the outcome of the research?
  3. Audience: Who is the target or audience of the research work?
  4. Medium: What is the best way to reach target audience?

 

 

Academic Freedom

 

At East Africa Univesity we apply at most the separation of the works and the management. It is important that the academic activities, such as the achievements of their students, to be without interference or coercion and the management.

 

Such freedom will the integrity in grading academic achievement and treat the establishment and maintenance of academic standards as a problem to be resolved. This would permit the respective duties of faculty members and foundations to be treated in a clear setting.

 

Academic freedom means that both faculty members and students can involve in intellectual debate without censorship of the management. Academic freedom preserves the intellectual integrity of the educational system. The following shall rules apply at EAU:

 

  1. Teaching shall mean that both faculty members and students can make comparisons and contrasts between subjects taught in a course and any field of human knowledge or period of history.
  2. Shall give both students and faculty the right to express their views without fear of sanction, unless the manner in question is not outside the university ethics.
  3. Shall give both faculty and students the right to study and research on the topics they think will draw best to their study.