Code of Conduct

Unless specified by respective programmes, students of the School of Continuing and Professional Education, City University of Hong Kong (CityU SCOPE) should observe the following rules:


CityU SCOPE expects all students to have good conduct in academic matters and to behave well generally. You are expected to treat all other students and members of the University community with honesty, respect and in good faith. You need to observe the Code of Student Conduct and other rules and regulations which are crucial in the making CityU SCOPE an excellent place for learning.

Students are expected to dress and behave properly. The following behaviours/activities are not permitted in the CityU SCOPE learning centres and CityU Campus:

  • Smoking
  • Betting and gambling
  • Consuming alcoholic drinks
  • Viewing and downloading obscene materials
  • Eating and drinking (except water) in class
  • Sexual harassment


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

Students 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 CityU 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 CityU SCOPE.

On receipt of any allegation of academic dishonesty, all cases will be referred to the appropriate 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 Committee may determine.


Candidates must follow the instructions given by an invigilator at the start of the examination and during the examination. Any violation will result in disciplinary action.


  1. Candidates must ensure that they arrive at the right time and place and for the right examination.
  2. No candidates may enter the examination room until authorized to do so by an invigilator. This will normally be no more than ten minutes before the scheduled start of the examination.
  3. Unless otherwise specified, no candidate is allowed to enter the examination room later than 30 minutes after the start of the examination.
  4. Candidates are required to produce their CityU SCOPE student identity cards / Hong Kong identity cards / student identity cards of the Overseas Awarding Institutions as specified by the course at every examination which they take. They should place their cards on their examination desks for inspection by an invigilator.
  5. Mobile phones and all electronic hand-held devices (except those specifically permitted for individual course) are not allowed to be used during the examinations.
  6. Upon entering the examination room candidates shall leave their briefcase, bags, unauthorized papers, etc, in a designated place. Therefore, you should avoid bringing valuable things with you.
  7. Candidates shall not commence the examination before being instructed to do so by the Chief Invigilator.
  8. Candidates are required to stop writing immediately as instructed by the Chief Invigilator.
  9. Candidates shall use only the official examination stationery provided. Any rough work shall be done on the stationery provided and handed in with the completed script.
  10. Candidates can request the invigilator to provide supplementary sheets.
  11. Candidates must only bring with them materials to the examination as specified by their lecturers in advance.
  12. Except in specified cases, candidates are not permitted to bring into the examination room any written notes or other materials that would be of value in answering examination questions.
  13. If candidates wish to ask a question, they must raise a hand and wait until an invigilator is able to attend to them.
  14. Candidates shall not remove any scripts, rough work, or official stationery from the examination room.
  15. Unless otherwise specified, candidates are not allowed to leave the examination room during the first 30 minutes and the last 15 minutes in an examination.
  16. If candidates wish to leave the examination room temporarily must first obtain the permission of the invigilator. Any candidate who leaves the examination room without the permission of an invigilator shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the examination and shall not be re-admitted to the examination room.
  17. At the end of the examination, candidates shall remain seated and silent until all scripts have been collected and until dismissed by the Chief Invigilator.

Behaviour during Examinations

  1. Candidates’ behaviour at all times, should respect other candidates’ rights to an examination environment free from unnecessary distraction or disturbance.
  2. Turn off your mobile phone, alarm watch and any other device or instrument which generates sound and could distract others. If you cause a disturbance in the examination room, you will be asked to leave immediately and will not be re-admitted.
  3. You must remain quiet for the entire duration of an examination. If you wish to attract the attention of an invigilator you should do so by raising your hand.
  4. Smoking, eating or drinking is not allowed in the examination room.
  5. You may not communicate in any way with any person other than an invigilator during the examination.
  6. Any form of cheating or collusion in examinations is a serious academic offence, and may lead to termination in study.

Infringement of Examination Regulations

The following will be considered an infringement of the examination regulations. Candidates must refrain from such behaviour:

  1. Unauthorized access to an examination
  2. Use of unauthorized material
  3. Communicating unauthorized information during the examination
  4. Copying or attempting to copy form another candidate or allowing his/her own scripts to be copied.
  5. Leaving the examination room to refer to concealed notesimpersonating another student at the examination or allowing oneself to be impersonated.

Adverse Weather Arrangement

Please observe the Adverse Weather Arrangement from CityU SCOPE’s website: