The Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) shall consist of thirteen voting members. The members shall be selected at the beginning of each academic year (or every two years) as follows: one faculty member is nominated by the respective deans from each of the six schools (Graduate School of Education, School of Business, School of Continuing Education, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Sciences and Engineering), one faculty member from the Academy of Liberal Arts, one faculty member nominated by the Senate, one faculty or senior staff member appointed by the provost, one faculty member nominated by the dean of Libraries and Learning Technologies, one senior staff member nominated from the Office of Students Affairs, one student nominated by the Graduate Students Association and one student nominated by the Student Court. In all cases, members are requested to familiarize themselves with AUC’s Code of Academic Ethics and the penalties of violations of academic integrity. The AIC chair shall be a tenured faculty member elected by the AIC voting members on its first meeting of the year. The provost or his/her representative will preside over the meeting during the election process.
A support staff member will be responsible for recording minutes and for other record keeping.
Quorum is achieved when five voting members are present.
The committee members for the 2017 - 2018 year are:
Ahmed Etman, undergraduate representative
Ahmed Fahim, graduate representative
Alia Shoeib, associate dean for instructional affairs, School for Continuing Education
Dina Bassiouni, assistant professor of marketing, Department of Management
Ghada Barsoum, assistant professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration
Ibrahim Bedrous, officer, International Student Life
James Sunday, assistant professor of method, Department of Political Science
Lamia Eid, associate dean, Main Library
Marwa Gafaar, case manager, Community Standards Office/Office of the Provost
Michelle Henry, senior instructor and chair, Department of Rhetoric and Composition
Mustafa Arafa, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Duties and Responsibilities
The AIC shall hold regularly scheduled meetings, as well as special meetings to handle urgent and/or special cases. Regularly scheduled meetings can be canceled if there are no agenda items. Official meetings can be held if a quorum of at least five voting members is achieved. The AIC shall be responsible for coordinating other efforts by organizations, faculty, administration and students to promote an institutional culture conducive to ethical academic behavior. The AIC’s role is educational, informational, investigatory and advisory. Among its functions is the determination of academic dishonesty in the cases forwarded by faculty, staff or students. To accomplish that end, duties and responsibilities will include:
Education and Information
Promotion: The AIC shall actively promote the concept of academic integrity at AUC by all appropriate and effective means (e.g. raising the awareness among AUC community of the importance of honest and ethical conduct).
Coordination: The AIC, in consultation with the provost and seeking help from other parties (e.g. deans, department chairs and student organizations), shall propose and implement ways and means to discourage violations of the Academic Integrity Code.
Communication: While realizing that academic integrity is the responsibility of the entire AUC community, the AIC shall be the primary agency charged with oversight of dissemination of information, development of materials, displays, audio-visual material, printed material and all other forms of communications related to the issue of academic integrity.
Publicizing: The AIC shall submit an annual report to the provost and to the Senate’s Academic Affairs Committee. A short version may be made public within AUC. In this version, confidential material such as names and specific classes will be omitted.
Investigatory and Advisory
Reporting: The AIC encourages students, faculty and staff to report violation of the academic integrity code, and shall take appropriate action when a violation is reported.
Procedural: At its regular or special meetings, the AIC shall process individual cases of allegations of violations of the Academic Integrity Code in accordance with the recommendations outlined in the procedures. The AIC shall ensure that both the accused and accuser have full and fair hearing. All cases will be handled with strict confidentiality. The AIC shall advise the provost on its deliberations and recommendations for each individual case.
Record Maintenance: In addition to regular and special deliberations, the AIC office will maintain documents, including research results of ongoing surveys, and a database of complaints of academic dishonesty for further monitoring and evaluation of project and program effectiveness.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Sustainability: The AIC shall periodically recommend revisions to improve the Academic Integrity Code and procedures. These recommendations shall be submitted to the senate through its Academic Affairs Committee for consideration.
Other: Other responsibilities can be assigned to this committee by the provost, or can be referred to this committee by other entities within AUC.