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Standards of Conduct

Principle

The University is a community of individuals aspiring to academic excellence, personal wellness, and spiritual maturity. All members of the University are expected to behave as responsible persons with high standards of honesty and conduct.  The Office of Student Affairs is especially concerned with student life and self-discipline of students.  The University affirms its commitment to academic freedom, to the rights of the individual, and to provide an open forum for differing opinions. Students are to conduct themselves with dignity in accordance with University regulations.  They should therefore seek to understand thoroughly the information in the Calendar/Bulletin as well as other University publications.  When a student accepts admission, there must be a willingness to abide by the social, moral, and academic standards of the University throughout the course of study.

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Students are required to observe the following Standards of Conduct that are considered appropriate to the educational purposes and Christian principles of the University:

  1. Students are to exhibit a regard for the rights of others at all times.
  2. Students are to show respect for the safety and property of other persons as well as of the University.
  3. Students are expected to value their personal integrity and therefore to demonstrate honesty at all times.
  4. Students are expected to show respect to University administrators, faculty and staff at all times and to establish friendly relationships with other students.
  5. Students are expected to comply with the rules and regulations set by the University.

The following examples of misbehaviour, while not exhaustive, are intended to give a student an idea of what kind of behaviour amounts to a breach of the University’s Standards of Conduct and would therefore result in disciplinary action. 

  1. Dishonesty in completing assignments and examinations, including plagiarism and cheating.
  2. Obstruction or disruption of learning, teaching, research or administration such as talking, eating or drinking in classrooms and using of mobile phone during lectures.
  3. Disorderly behaviour related to drunkenness.
  4. Smoking in any enclosed or non-smoking areas on campus.
  5. Use or possession of illegal drugs or illegal drug paraphernalia.
  6. Gambling on campus.
  7. Stealing, defacing or destroying properties of another person or of the University.
  8. Unauthorized entry into or occupation, damage, improper use, and defacement of University's facilities.
  9. Forgery or falsification of or use of forged or falsified documents.
  10. Misuse of University documents.
  11. Indecent behaviour.
  12. Assault on or defamation of or sexual and other form of harassment towards or battery against the person of any staff or student member of the University or of any visitor to the University.
  13. Failure to provide identification to authorized staff upon request when being suspected of violation of University's rules and regulations.
  14. Failure to observe rules and regulations governing the use of various facilities and resources provided by the University.
  15. Violation of local law or ordinance.

The University Senate has now adopted a set of standard procedures for handling student disciplinary matters. Students who fail to comply with the University’s Standards of Conduct will be brought before the Director of Student Affairs or the Panel on Disciplinary Cases as appointed by the Student Affairs Committee for inquiry and, depending on the seriousness of the matter, be given one or more of the following sanctions:

  1. Censure
  2. Written reprimand
  3. Written warning
  4. Restitution
  5. Suspension of the right to use certain facility within certain period
  6. Order to provide voluntary service on campus
  7. Disqualification from serving as office bearers of student organizations and/or sitting on University committees for a specific period
  8. Barred from examination for specified period
  9. Probation
  10. Suspension of study
  11. Dismissal
  12. Others

The Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Ordinance 2006 has become effective from 1 January 2007. Starting from the date, all indoor and outdoor areas of the University have been designated as no smoking areas where smoking is prohibited. Offenders will be subject to a maximum fine of HK$5,000.