Code of Conduct

Unless specified by respective programmes, participants on programmes of the School of Continuing and Professional Education should observe the following rules:


Participants enrolled in any SCOPE programme must pursue their studies with academic honesty. Academic honesty is central to the conduct of academic work. Participants are expected to present their own work, give proper acknowledgement of other's work, and honestly report findings obtained. Participants must comply with the course assessment regulations.

Participants who commit an act of academic dishonesty which jeopardizes the integrity of the learning and assessment process may be charged and be liable to disciplinary action.

The following are examples of academically dishonest behaviour. You must refrain from such behaviour.

  • Plagiarism, i.e., the failure to properly acknowledge the use of another person's work;
  • Submission for assessment of material that is not the participant's own work;
  • Misrepresentation of a piece of group work as the participant's own individual work;
  • Collusion, i.e., obtaining assistance in doing work which is meant to be solely the participant's own work;
  • Unauthorized access to an examination/test paper;
  • Use of unauthorized materials in an assessment;
  • Communicating unauthorized information during an assessment;
  • Use of fabricated data claimed to be obtained by experimental work, or data copied or obtained by unfair means;
  • Impersonating another participant at a test or an examination or allowing oneself to be impersonated.

During an examination, if an invigilator suspects that a participant has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the participant will be told that the matter will be reported to SCOPE, but he/she would be allowed to continue with the examination. The invigilator will then endorse the examination script, with a separate written report to SCOPE.

On receipt of any allegation of academic dishonesty, SCOPE will refer the case to the examination committee for action. The committee may impose penalties as follows:

  1. An oral or written warning including a statement to the effect that a repetition of the offence will lead to a more severe penalty;
  2. Requiring a participant to do additional coursework and/or examinations;
  3. Suspension from the programme for a specified period of time;
  4. Expulsion from the programme together with a determination of the period for which the participant may not be re-admitted to a programme of studies;
  5. Such other penalties as the examination committee may determine.