University Rules of Conduct
Princess Sumaya University of Technology’s mission is founded on the concept of intellectual credibility, in addition to general ethical discipline which should be observed during lectures and exams, inside the laboratories and while carrying out scientific research, and in all aspects of life. Therefore, the promotion of ethical behavior contributes to the reinforcement of the process of the search for knowledge and other scientific and academic activities. The most important factor protecting the community's trust in the university, college and higher education institutions is the maintenance of the principles of honor and integrity. In order to achieve our goals of preserving, disseminating, and developing knowledge, the University expects all students and employees to be open-minded and accepting of new ideas and the opinions of others within a university environment which is governed by honesty and respect for the rights of others. We strive towards the promotion of these values in all our endeavors and we will use all available means to curb unacceptable behavior of any type. Students will be held responsible for their choices and actions in accordance with the University rules of conduct. Any student violating the rules of conduct will be held to account, primarily by the Deanship of Student Affairs.
Rules of Conduct
At PSUT, ethical conduct is based on the performance of our obligations towards others in a just and fair manner, as well as respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals. The University and its Schools hold all persons, including teaching faculty, staff, and students, responsible for maintaining the University’s excellent reputation as a morally ethical institution that promotes only behavior that is befitting its high standing. Thus, all members of staff, as well as any representatives, consultants, contractors, volunteers and other interested parties, are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards, both of the institution and of society as a whole. The University is committed to the principles of honesty, integrity and fairness and strives to integrate these values in the educational process and research activities.
- People & Society: We recognize that the most fundamental relationships upon which the University is built are those between the students and faculty members and, therefore, these relationships are sacred and deserving of special attention and protection from any form of exploitation for personal gain. Ethical behavior is an individual, as well as a collective, responsibility, and this premise is embodied in the University’s commitment to equal opportunities. We therefore reject any unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of personal beliefs or characteristics, and insist on interaction with others being on the basis of civility, dignity and mutual respect. We also refrain from abuse of power at various levels of management, while respecting academic freedom, and freedom of opinion and expression. To this end, the University promotes an environment characterized by tolerance, along with stressing the necessity of exercising these rights on the basis of mutual respect.
- Honesty and Integrity: The University is committed to providing its services free from the influence of personal conflicts, and one of the most important ethical duties of the University is the identification and disclosure of any conflicts of interest as soon they arise, whether on the part of faculty, staff or students, or the institution as a whole. In the event of a problem, we take the appropriate steps either to bring it to a resolution, or to ensure the safety of the University and the parties involved. We do not accept the display of favoritism, imposition of will, or accept any services in exchange for the performance of our duties because that would be perceived as a violation and an infringement of University policies and laws. We do not accept or tolerate dishonesty by any party and in any form, including academic fraud, theft, cheating, lies, distortions and deliberate misuse of University funds and property. We encourage and expect that any such infringements be reported. The University is also committed to carrying out all academic processes impartially, objectively and fairly, in accordance with the general laws and regulations. There is a set of strict criteria with regard to scientific research, notably intellectual credibility and the necessity of refraining from improper academic practice, including the violation of the rights and ideas of others. The University’s policies are founded on principles ensuring transparency, good practice and compliance with general laws.
- Protection and Care: We are responsible for the management and protection of University property, as well as taking care of other financial assets and resources. We take into account the different sources of the University’s income, and strive to ensure the proper use of these resources in a way that benefits the University and complies with all legal requirements. We do not waste or misuse the resources belonging to others which are subject to our care, nor do we use it for personal benefit or for the benefit of others without first receiving appropriate permission. We protect the name and logo of the University and use them in service of the University’s vision and mission, protecting them from any misuse. We preserve and respect the confidentiality of University records, including students’ records, running a policy of non-disclosure of any information or confidential records which one might be granted access to due to position held, and forbid the exploitation of said records for personal gain without obtaining official permission to do so. 4.
- Duties and Obligations: Ethical behavior is a natural product of university culture, and therefore, there are a number of duties, responsibilities and obligations that the individual should be aware of with respect to the University and other people. In particular, it is our duty to abide by public law as well as our internal policies, just as it is our duty to ask questions when those obligations are unclear, and to report on potential problems or failure to comply with the law. Administrators and other individuals throughout the University bear the responsibility for providing guidance regarding compliance with rules, regulations and policies, taking into account that all University staff members a provided with a complete set of guidelines. We draw the attention of administrators, supervisors, auditors and other responsible parties to any violation of these principles, as it is our duty to inform them of any circumstance that would indicate that a violation has happened or may happen. Please note that this notice is given in good faith in order to strengthen moral integrity and with the express permission of the University and the School.
Based on the aforementioned directives, the Charter of Students’ Rights and Obligations may be defined as follows: The First Amendment: Students’ Rights Academic Rights:
- The student should be provided with a suitable academic environment and atmosphere that allows him to obtain a high quality education in accordance with the University’s mission.
- The student should have ease of obtaining all of his rights from both the administrative and teaching bodies in accordance with the University’s rules and regulations.
- The student can expect the maintenance of confidentiality of information and complete privacy in all of his matters, with the prohibition of anyone viewing or otherwise using the information.
- The student should be given notice before any decision is made regarding him, and he should be notified of any violation and informed in writing of any decisions taken in his regard, giving him the opportunity to comment on any decision which adversely affects his academic interests, in accordance with the University’s rules and regulations.
- The student should have the freedom to express his opinions and debate educational matters concerning him, provided that be within the bounds of appropriate behavior and according to the University’s rules and regulations.
- The student has the right to appeal to the appropriate authority in the event of failure to obtain the aforementioned rights.
- It is the right of the student to expect University faculty members to abide by the scheduled dates and times of lectures, office hours, and rest periods between lectures, and not to cancel or change those times unless absolutely necessary, in which case the change should be announced, and an alternative time given for the missed or cancelled lectures, without conflict with the student’s time or ability to accommodate the change.
- The student should be informed of where he can find the full list of University rules and regulations and the Charter of Student Rights and Duties which are available on the University's website, at the Deanship of Admissions and the Deanship of Student Affairs, and elsewhere.
- The student should be allowed to join the School or academic department of his choice, in accordance with the University’s set guidelines and conditions of admission and registration, and according to the University’s intake capacity.
- The student should be provided with an official University ID which is used to prove his identity inside the University and elsewhere.
- The student should be made aware of Orientation Day to introduce him to the University’s Schools and departments, thus providing him with the necessary information to choose in which School to enroll, providing he meets admission requirements.
- The student should be given counseling and guidance through the distribution of publications on the University’s rules and regulations, in addition to receiving introductory pamphlets about the School and academic department in which he is enrolled, its study plans and other available student services.
- The student should be given the opportunity to look at study plans prior to beginning his period of study to ensure that he can complete registration procedures for the courses suggested by the system, according to the rules and conditions set by the Deanship of Admissions and Registration.
Rights of a Non-Academic Nature:
- The student has the right to benefit from the social care provided by the University in accordance with set regulations and systems.
- The student has the right to receive adequate health care and treatment at the health centers affiliated with the University, as stipulated in the University regulations.
- The student has the right to participate in University activities according to the available resources.
- The student has the right to take advantage of University facilities and services, such as the Central Library, the Counseling Center for psychological and social advice, sports facilities, student events and educational activities, the restaurants, parking lots, to be used in accordance with University rules and regulations, and dependent upon available resources.
- An outstanding student has the right to receive additional material incentives and rewards as specified by the system.
- The student has the right to obtain financial subsidies and grants after a study of his financial circumstances verifies his need for such, according to University rules and regulations.
- The student has the right to participate in all organized training courses, programs, trips, activities and volunteer work, so long as that does not conflict with his academic obligations.
- The student has the right to be recognized as having special needs, should that be the case, and to receive the appropriate assistance, dependent upon available resources.
- The student should have recourse to a specified body within the University to protect and monitor his rights.
- The student should be provided with a complete list of regulations, including a list of disciplinary measures and sanctions.
The Second Amendment: Students’ Obligations Academic Obligations:
- The student should familiarize himself with the rules and regulations of the University and adhere to them.
- The student should abide by the expected high standards of academic conduct.
- The student should attend the Orientation Day in order to familiarize himself with the University’s Schools and academic departments.
- The student should, from the beginning of his university career, regulate his study habits and fulfill the required homework and tasks, and should avoid being absent without an acceptable excuse, in accordance with the provisions laid out in the University’s rules and regulations.
- The student should respect the privacy of all fellow students, faculty members and University staff, and treat everybody on campus with respect.
- The student should adhere to the University’s rules and regulations regarding examinations, and therefore should neither cheat, try to cheat, or assist his colleagues to copy from him or from others.
- The student should adhere to the ethics of scientific research and maintain the professional scientific integrity of any research work he participates in.
- The student should adhere to the instructions issued by the official or invigilator in the examination hall or laboratory, and do nothing to disturb the peace during the performance of any examination.
- The student should engage in any behavior that challenges religious and moral norms which may affect the academic and professional status of the student or his social obligations.
- The student should abide by and submit to any disciplinary sanctions imposed upon him in case of any breach of University rules and regulations.
- The student should fill out the appropriate faculty member assessment forms, bearing in mind that this is a trust and should not be violated in any way.
Obligations of a Non-Academic Nature:
- The student should maintain the University’s facilities and property in a condition that benefits both him and his colleagues and refrain from destroying, damaging, or tampering with University property, or playing any part in such acts, whether the property be the buildings, equipment or laboratories.
- The student should undertake to enter the University grounds during official working hours in a quiet, orderly manner, and should refrain from smoking or provoking any unrest or disturbance. Students should not hold any unauthorized gatherings, or convene authorized gatherings in areas other than those designated for that purpose.
- The student should conform to the norms of conduct and personal appearance that are acceptable in an Islamic university environment, and should refrain from any behavior that breaches morality and public decency within the University.
- The student should ensure that he carries his University ID at all times while inside the University and should offer it to any member of staff or faculty upon request, and at the end of any transaction by the student within the University.
- The student should take care of his University ID and not allow any other person to impersonate him, or try to impersonate another individual.
- The student should try to propose and discuss ideas with others, and actively participate in any scientific research work assigned to him.
- The student should adhere to the rules and regulations that apply to the different areas within the University with regard to security and safety, the library, medical management and all university facilities.
- The student should ensure that the personal information that he gives to the University is true and accurate, and should promptly inform the University should that information change.
- The student should refrain from any inappropriate behavior that could damage the reputation of the University, whether on campus, outside the University, or on any social media site. The University reserves the right to take any necessary measures in case of a violation.