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STUDENT DISCIPLINE

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STANDARD 6. STUDENTS
m. STUDENT DISCIPLINE

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ADUC expects students to behave and conduct themselves with integrity, respect, and compliance with the laws and regulations of the UAE and the ADUC policies and procedures. This Policy aims to ensure an environment that supports and facilitates learning and promotes exemplary conduct. 

Non-Academic Misconduct 

  • Behavior 
  • Information Disclosure and Use: Fraud, forgery, alteration, or unauthorized use of documents, ADUC records, or instruments of identification to defraud or deceive will be considered violations of the code of conduct and subject to disciplinary action. 
  • In-Campus Activities: The student must refrain from getting involved in any activity or action which is indecent, physically, or mentally offensive to others or constitute a threat to the safety of individuals. 
  • Classroom Activities and Group Behavior: The student at ADUC must maintain the academic decorum and protocol during the classroom sessions and any other academic or non-academic group activities. Any act, which results in the disruption or disturbance of the smooth conduct of classroom sessions, examination, or group activities, will be considered a violation of the academic code of conduct and will be subject to punitive action. 

 

  • Ethical Behavior 
  • Discrimination: The student at ADUC must adopt and practice ethical behavior towards colleagues, faculty, and staff. He or she must not discriminate based on Color, Religion, Gender, Ethnicity, or any other basis against the social and legal norms as per the UAE Law, failing, which will violate the academic code of conduct. 
  • Physical and Mental Abuse: Any activity that leads to any individual’s physical or mental harassment is offensive, and targeting an individual intentionally or unintentionally inside the campus will be considered a violation of the academic code of conduct. The abuse can be physical as well as verbal in nature. 

 

  •  Resources Abuse 
    • Misuse of Institutional Resources: Students at ADUC are expected to use the Institutional resources in a meaningful and reasonable manner. The resources must not be used for commercial and irrelevant purposes; failing to do so shall be considered non-academic Misconduct. 
    • Unauthorized Usage: The resources must be utilized as per the instructions provided by the concerned department or authority and the general instructions deemed to be known by a regular user. 
    • Malicious Intentions: Any act of using the resources for illegal activities will be treated under the malicious intentions category. The same applies to participating with an individual or group for damaging or using the resource for illegal activity or misusing ADUC resources. 

 

  • Abiding by UAE laws 

All ADUC stakeholders must abide by the Constitutional and Legal Framework of United Arab Emirates as well as with the guidelines provided by the competent government authorities and agencies. Any act inside the campus against the National legal framework, norms, and customs will be considered a violation of the land’s laws and subject to disciplinary sanctions and potential legal pursuit. 

 

 

  • Disciplinary Procedures 
  1. Students’ violations of the ADUC code of conduct will be referred to the Dean of SACE.
  2. The Dean of SACE chairs the Disciplinary Committee. The Committee consists of the Dean of the concerned School, Chair of the concerned School, and one faculty member of the concerned student. 
  3. The Chair notifies, in writing, the student who violated the date, time, and place of the Disciplinary Committee’s meeting. 
  4. The Committee informs the concerned student of the charge(s) made against him/her and will be provided with the opportunity to address the charges in writing. For investigation fairness, the Committee may call on witnesses or request material evidence related to the case. 
  5. The Chair presents a short overview of the case, including information, evidence, and results of investigation processes. The Committee reserves the right to consult an expert in the field should a piece of evidence is too technical or difficult for the Committee to comprehend. The Committee may also call in witnesses to provide true and useful information related to the case. 
  6. The student must appear as scheduled at the hearing session. The student must provide official documents to support and justify his/her absenteeism in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 
  7. The Chair informs the student about the committed violation and its consequences and shares evidence with him/her.
  8. The Committee questions, individually and freely, the suspected violator and witnesses involved in the concerned case. 
  9. After the testimonies provided by the student and witnesses end, the Committee deliberates, votes, and makes a decision by majority votes. 
  10. At the end of the hearing session, the Chair composes a letter addressed to the student, informing him/her about the Committee’s decision. The student must appeal the decision within five working days of notification. Failure to appeal will render the decision of the Committee final, not appealable, and instantly enforceable. 
  11. Copies of the letter will be sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, concerned School Dean, Office of Admission and Registration, and saved in the student’s record as long as they are enrolled at ADUC. 
  12. Minutes will be taken and signed by the Chair and members. 

 

  • Disciplinary Measures 

The disciplinary measures against various misconducts and violations specified in this Policy will be executed as per the offenses and violations. The level increases with the severity of the disputed action. 

Violation / Misconduct 

Disciplinary Measure 

In-Campus Activities/Class Room 

Activities and Group 

Behavior/Misuse of Institutional 

Resources 

First Instance: Verbal Warning 

Second Instance: Suspension from the campus presence and facilities usage, i.e., Labs, Library, Cafeteria, Common Rooms, except the academic activities. 

Third Instance: Suspension until any further decision by Student Disciplinary Committee. 

Discrimination/Information disclosure and use/Un-authorized Usage/Physical and Mental abuse/Malicious Intentions/Abiding with the Law of the land 

 

First Instance: Written Warning 

Second Instance: Suspension for two weeks along with the financial penalty in case of resource abuse, unauthorized usage, and an apology against the discriminatory or offensive action against any individual, group, or Institution. 

Third Instance: Suspension for a semester along with the financial penalty in case of resource abuse, unauthorized usage, and an apology against the discriminatory or offensive action against any individual, group, or Institution and any other decision by the Student Disciplinary Committee. 

Repetitive actions and major offenses at any time will be sent to the president’s office for dismissal.

 

  • Student Appeal

The student may appeal only if he/she can provide substantiated new evidence to support his/her case. In case of lack of new elements or supportive evidence, the Vice President for Academic Affairs may deny the appeal request and confirm the earlier decision. 

  • An appeal must be in writing and delivered to Vice President for Academic Affairs within five working days after the concerned student receives the decision letter. 
  • The Vice President for Academic Affairs will review the appeal to determine its viability in light of new evidence, facts, or arguments by the student 
  • The Vice President for Academic Affairs calls for a hearing session with the Disciplinary Committee to discuss the appeal request 
  • Disciplinary measures may be reduced only if found to be substantially disproportionate to the offense or in cases of procedural mishandling 
  • In no circumstance, the appellant will suffer heavier sanctions. 
  • In case of new evidence that justifies heavier disciplinary measures but is not considered by the Disciplinary Committee, the Vice President for Academic Affairs may refer such evidence thereto for a decision to be taken. 
  • Decisions rendered by the Vice President for Academic Affairs are final, not appealable, in writing, and to be notified to the appellant within five working days. 
  • Copies of the Vice President for Academic Affairs decision will be sent to the concerned School Dean, Office of Admission and Registration, and saved in the student’s record.