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Shared Values at NTU

For all students and faculty at NTU, learning is based on scholarship and research, where the creation of new knowledge, ideas, and understanding, is built on existing knowledge and ideas.

For students, it is important to learn how to use existing knowledge in an open and transparent way, in order to develop new learning. For faculty, it is central to the conduct of research. Professional life outside university also depends on the transparent use of evidence, and an open acknowledgment of the work of others. Academic integrity is at the centre of good academic practice, and good professional practice in the workplace.

It's everyone's responsibility

The responsibility for maintaining integrity in all the activities of the academic community lies with the students as well as the faculty and the institution. Everyone in this community must work together to ensure that these values are upheld. There are some basic values that the academic community upholds and these values are encapsulated in the NTU Honour Code.

It is important to read and familiarize yourself with the NTU Honour Code so that you can use this as the guiding principle for all the activities you are involved in at the University.

NTU's Honour Code is reproduced below for your convenience.

Honour Code

The University cannot emphasise enough the importance of shared responsibility between students and the rest of the University community to maintain its reputation for excellence not only in teaching and research, but also for upholding high standards of conduct in every sphere of its activities.

The Honour Code assumes the academic, intellectual and ethical standards which the University also expects of its students in every sphere of their activities.

These standards are based on the following beliefs to which the University is committed:

  • Truth, and the pursuit of truth which depends on absolute integrity of conduct among all members of the community;
  • Trust which creates a climate of respect for the individual, and encourages self-respect which makes an individual worthy of trust;
  • Justice which enables a fair and free society without which there is no public order and requires the identification, disciplining and education of those who violate these standards.

All matriculated students by virtue of admission to the University are committed to uphold the Honour Code and to pledge their agreement to abide by it.

The University’s Statute on Student Conduct and Discipline, which applies to every student from the time of his admission, is implicit in the Honour Code and Pledge.

The following are instances of violations which students pledge not to commit and which could warrant disciplinary action:

Bringing or having access to unauthorized books or materials (be it print or electronic) during an exam or assessment, or in any work to be used by the lecturer, tutor, instructor or examiner as a basis of grading.  

To use or pass off as one’s own, the writings or ideas of another, without acknowledging or crediting the source from which the ideas are taken.

Submitting an assignment, project or report completed by another person and passing it off as one’s own; Preparing an assignment, project or report for a fellow student who submits the work as his or her own.
(Collusion may or may not involve a monetary transaction.) 

Falsification / Tampering 
Falsifying or tampering with documents and records in an attempt to mislead so as to help influence decision making.  These may include the following (the list is not exhaustive):

Official documents such as transcripts, testimonials/references, exam scripts, graded assessments or reports, and medical certificates.

False Declaration
False declaration on official documents such as application forms and reports with intent to provide misleading information; False declaration of documents such as receipts and bills for reimbursement with intent to gain financially.

Unauthorised Access  
Accessing without consent, coercing or encouraging others into gaining access to another person’s residence, room, office, filing cabinet(s), file(s), computer hardware/software or other equipment and items belonging to fellow student(s) or academic / non-academic staff or the University.

Dress Code For Students 
To maintain the good image of the University, you are reminded to be appropriately attired in a manner befitting the status of university students as well as the occasion.

Any attempt to endanger another student or other students or member of the university community in any of the following ways: 
  • Acting in a manner that is detrimental to the reputation, dignity or interest of a fellow student, University academic or non-academic  staff;
  • Speaking or acting in a threatening manner;
  • Causing bodily harm.

Honour Pledge

I, _______________ a matriculated student of NTU, pledge that I will abide by the Honour Code of the University.  

I pledge that I will

  • conduct myself at all times in a manner that is worthy of the good name of the University;
  • promote, and help others to adhere to the values of truth, justice and trust enshrined in the Honour Code;
  • be honest in my academic work;
  • respect the University’s rules and regulations, the rule of law, and the rights of others.

[Source: NTU Honour Code]

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