Academic integrity is a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.
All activities at The American University in Cairo, from teaching to administrative and support functions, serve the process of learning. Together, the University’s faculty, staff, and students form a cohesive academic community which shares the Code of Academic and Professional Ethics outlined in this document.
Statement of Intent
The American University in Cairo affirms its commitment to the guiding principles of academic integrity. Academic integrity matters. It is important not just for an institution of higher education and the members of that community but has an impact on how the institution is perceived by society and how it trains its future citizens and leaders of society, and the global community. The American University in Cairo's faculty, students, administrators and staff are committed to the highest standards of academic integrity throughout the University.
Statement of Values
The American University in Cairo encompasses a community of scholars and students who are engaged in the enterprise of learning and are supported in this process by administrators and staff. The process of learning requires an open exchange of ideas between scholars and students, and can only be based on trust in each other. This trust does not necessarily come naturally to everyone engaged in the learning process, and faculty, students and staff need to constantly re-establish and confirm it. It allows participants in the academic community to feel that their ideas will be respected, discussed, and evaluated in an atmosphere free of prejudice and bias. It also makes a moral demand on every participant in the academic community that the ideas which they have expressed verbally, in writing, in papers, books and lectures are their own, or that if they are someone else’s, they be honestly and clearly acknowledged.
By committing ourselves to the highest standards of academic integrity at AUC, we also reaffirm our commitment to the larger communities of Egypt and the world, so that it can be said that the entire AUC community is respected for its honesty and integrity.
In order to cultivate such a community founded on trust, academic integrity, and social responsibility, AUC needs to:
- Promote an atmosphere of academic integrity by constantly reaffirming its value in all the forums of interaction at the University, involving students, faculty, administrators, staff, and parents.
- Clarify the responsibilities of each member of that community.
- Promote an understanding of the seriousness of violating the principles of academic integrity as a violation of the AUC community.
- Make it clear that violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated, and that the punishment for such infractions will be appropriate to the act committed.
- Clarify exactly what constitutes a violation of academic integrity.
The sacredness of a community based on trust and social responsibility is reflected in cultures and religions:
“Whoever cheats us, is not one of us”
(Saying of the Prophet Muhammad)
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."
(From the Bible - Luke 16:10).