- Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is the foundation upon which we base our platform for teaching, learning and research at UOWD. It requires students and staff to be honest, truthful, and fair with themselves and others, to show respect and be responsible for their own decisions and actions and that of others they work with or mentor.
Academic Integrity is the fundamental corner stone of education at UOWD, requiring every facet of education system to work together; building, encouraging and sustaining a culture of integrity across classrooms that students can take into their working lives beyond study.
UOWD takes an educative and restorative approach to academic integrity, fostering a healthy dialogue, exchange of ideas and support network that helps faculty and staff to develop and demonstrate integrity in their work.
Academic Integrity is the foundation upon which we stand as an institution at UOWD. It is the core value at the university that involves being honest, fair and trustworthy, act with responsibility and respect self and others.
As a student of UOWD, you agree to uphold these values and principles as part of our academic community.
We at UOWD believe in educative and restorative approach to manage academic misconduct, so we are committed to providing you with the right kind of support so that you do well in your studies and enjoy a well-rounded, positive experience as a student at UOWD.
In order to help you, we have a host of strategies and resources that will assist you in understanding academic integrity, why it is important, what actions may be construed as academic misconduct and the procedures involved in such alleged cases.
Remember, as a student at UOWD, our degree programs are geared to help you acquire and enhance the graduate qualities, particularly that of being “responsible” so that you “understand how decisions can affect others and make ethically informed choices; act with integrity as part of local, national, global and professional communities”. Understanding the importance of such qualities will help you understand the expectations attached in being students. We are here to provide you the support you need to do well in your studies, particularly your assessments and ultimately fulfill those expectations.
Academic integrity doesn’t end with your degree classes. These are skills and qualities that will help you in the workplaces, long after you have graduated in the form of professional ethics and practice.
For any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your Academic Integrity Officer.
Academic Integrity can only become a campus culture if every stakeholder believes in it, is equally vigilant and gives it due importance. At UOWD, we take an educative approach to dealing with academic misconducts rather than punitive one. Every experience is a learning opportunity for all stakeholders, so we encourage and invite all faculty to join hands to proactively initiate dialogue with students regarding what actions are construed as academic misconduct, why and what help is readily available on campus for students to seek in case of any doubt or confusion.
The Academic Integrity Officers or AIOs play a vital role in the process of developing and maintaining a culture of integrity at UOWD, particularly as outlined in the Academic Integrity Policy. They are carefully chosen, trained faculty who help to manage and handle academic misconduct cases that may arise in an educative and restorative manner, ensuring response is appropriate. AIOs help to uphold UOWD’s values of “integrity” and “courage”.
Each faculty usually has two AIOs. The list is as follows:
University of Wollongong in Dubai is a pioneer in the region leading the research and collaboration in the area of Academic Integrity. Recording the first PhD thesis on academic integrity from the region, the faculty and students are actively engaged in researching various areas of academic integrity and misconduct in the nation and the region.
European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI)
UOWD is an active member of the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) since 2017. Through the collaboration, UOWD is participating in or leading work in the following areas:
Collaborations in the past and currently include:
Turnitin, Studiosity, Dubai Toursim, International Centre for Academic Integrity, Counselling Point, Emirates Airlines, British University in Dubai, Gulf Medical University (Ajman).
Centre for Academic Integrity in the UAE
UOWD s proud to host the Centre for Academic Integrity in the UAE (CAIU), the first, voluntary network of passionate faculty, teachers, staff and students who are actively promoting academic integrity in the country. The Centre was founded by UOWD Assistant Professor Dr Zeenath Reza Khan who is currently the President of the Founding Board.
Funding and Grants
|Implications of increased online-sources and readily-available e-technology on students’ attitudes towards e-cheating in the UAE (2009 – UOWD Research Grant AED10,000/-)||Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, Dr Mohamed Salem Dr Ghassan al Qaimari|
|Study into the implications of societal factors, e-technology and increased online sources on students’ attitude towards e-cheating in the UAE (2012– UOWD Research Grant AED10,000/-)||Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, UOWD and Dr Ghassan Al Qaimari, Fujairah College|
|Pilot review of academic integrity policy project (2016 – Asia Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity Australia AUD$1000/-)||Dr Zeenath Reza Khan|
|Review of Academic Integrity Policies in the UAE (2017 – UOWD Research Grant AED 8000/-)||Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, Dr Jawahitha Sarabdeen, Dr Halim Khelalfa, Ms Saba Gaffar|
|Research Study to Explore Contract Cheating in the UAE (2017 – UOWD Research Grant AED 15,000/-)||Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, Dr Sabiha Mumtaz, Dr Abdellatif Tchantchane, Dr Thomas Lancaster (UK)|
|Academic Integrity Cross-Campus Study (2018 – UOW UOWD Global Challenges Fund AUD$200000/-)||Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, Dr Sabiha Mumtaz, Dr Ann Rogerson (UOW)|
|Smart Readiness of HE during crisis – Exploring Online Assessment Readiness with Integrity and Developing a Data Set for Future Novel Smart Remote Learning Readiness Framework (Phase 2B) (2020 AED30,000)||Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, Dr Mai El Barachi, Professor Farhad Oroumchian, Dr Chris Hill, Dr Wesam|
|Understanding the effects of technological advances on students’ academic writing skills, and any subsequent causal relation to instances of plagiarism||Dr Shafiz Yusof, Ajrina Hysaj, Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, Dr Salim Razi|
The growing absence of integrity in education has seen a sharp rise in student cheating in classrooms. A global menace, academic misconducts have been linked directly to lack of workplace professionalism and ethics. Constant evaluation of effectiveness of assessments and teaching and learning methods help to ensure courses are geared to help facilitate learning of the course contents with integrity.
Regular workshops, seminars, and support is available on campus for students and staff. For enquiries, please email [email protected]
UOWD actively hosts a variety of activities on campus and beyond to engage staff, faculty, students and greater community regularly.
International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating (IDoA) and WAAAM
International Centre for Academic Integrity (USA) declared Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Day (17 October) as the International Day of Actions Against Contract Cheating. UOWD has been celebrating the day since its inception in 2016.
Currently, the university community enjoys a Week of Actions Against Academic Misconduct (WAAAM) with a plethora of activities, from student-led competitions to student counsellors’ workshops to panel discussions and more.
Professional Development Workshops for School Teachers and Counsellors
Since 2012, the University has been actively organizing professional development workshops for school teachers and counsellors, engaging the greater community and spreading awareness about academic integrity.
Academic Integrity Roadshow
Academic Integrity Roadshow, the first of its kind in the region, aims to bring together educators, researchers, students and industry to discuss, create and promote the culture of integrity across school and university campuses in the region.
Academic Integrity Spring Camp
Reaching out to students in schools, the UOWD has designed a three-day workshop for both primary and secondary students to understand academic integrity, types of misconduct and how to avoid them in daily work. click here to learn more.
Academic Integrity Conference
In 2014, UOWD collaborated with the International Centre for Academic Integrity and Clemson University (USA), to organize the first conference on academic integrity in the region in 2016. Chaired by Dr Zeenath Reza Khan, the conference was a platform for both national and international researchers who presented studies adding value to the body of the literature. The conference was supported by Turnitin.com as the golden sponsor along with International Journal of Educational Integrity (SpringerNature).
Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond 2020
UOWD won the bid to organize the International Conference Plagiarism Across Europe in 2020 in UAE. This conference is part of the European Union’s Erasmus Project funded European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) and organized annually. Chaired by Dr Zeenath Reza Khan and Co-chaired by Dr Sabiha Mumtaz, the conference is being organized in collaboration with Dubai Tourism, Turnitin, Studiosity, Counselling Point, Emirates Airline.