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Code of Student Conduct  and  Student Disciplinary and Grievance policy

The Code of Student Conduct sets out how students are expected to behave and the procedures the University uses to address allegations of unacceptable behavior by students.

The University expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner in their day-to-day activities, including in their dealings with other students, staff and external organizations.

Scope:

The Code of Student Conduct applies to all students of the University. The University aims to deal with allegations of misconduct in a fair and consistent manner.  Following are the procedures set out in the Code of Student Conduct.

General Code of Student Conduct

Students must establish and maintain a positive and supportive online learning environment.

  1. Students must refrain from sharing their username and password with anyone.
  2. Students must treat all other students, faculty and staff and their opinions with respect, sensitivity and politeness.
  3. Students should be responsive on emails and discussion forums and participate to the best of their ability.
  4. Students need to stick to topics during the live classes, events, webinars, coaching sessions and in discussion forums as their participation and conduct is monitored and assessed by the university.
  5. Students should ensure their presence on time for all live classes, events, webinars, and coaching sessions.
  6. Students are requested to communicate only in English (or Arabic) at all times;
  7. Students may raise any concern that they have about other students, faculty or staff as per the grievance procedure outlined by the university.
  8. Students must not employ threatening behavior towards any student, staff, and faculty.
  9. Students should not represent the university without authorization.
  10. Students should maintain a high level of etiquette reflecting the character of a good Muslim and avoid indecent and obscene language in communication with the university, in the forums and carry that throughout interpersonal relationships.
  11. Students should abstain from committing or becoming involved in any act of deceit, fraud, or forgery with the university, students, staff, and faculty.
  12. Students are required to strictly follow university policy and Islamic etiquette.

Islamic Code of Student Conduct

  1. The Quran and Hadith (recorded sayings of the Prophet Muhammad SAW) both emphasize the importance of forgiving others and seeking forgiveness. If the offense is intentional and cannot be ignored, forgiveness is still required in addition to repaying the offense with kindness and good deeds.
  2. Demonstrate honesty and integrity.
  3. Respect differences in people, their ideas, and opinions.
  4. Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
  5. Students should take into consideration content that could infringe on the rights of others with respect to their race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, gender, age or disability.
  6. The university believes Allah SwT’s commandments and Prophetic teachings as the ultimate source of morality and a complete code of life. Therefore, students must refrain from discussing or promoting ideas and recent trends that are in contradiction with Islamic Law.
  7. Students should avoid arguing on the disagreements of the people of knowledge, because that breeds confusion and perplexity.
  8. Students should be humble with all teachers, class-fellows, university staff and guest speakers.

Academic Code of Student Conduct

  1. Students must contact their teachers through the contact method given on the course pages.
  2. Students should also complete all self-study tasks required of them on time.
  3. Students are advised to be supportive and constructive when offering feedback to other students in collaborative group tasks.
  4. Students are required to complete all tasks and assignments on their own.
  5. Students must not download, transmit and/or upload the provided course material, including notes, tests and exams to any other person, platform or website.
  6. Students must refrain from posting or uploading inappropriate messages, content, unauthorized advertising, promotional material, private programs or classes to the discussion forums, course site, social media platforms or the virtual classroom.
  7. Students must not disclose, or share exam/test content during or after they have taken an exam/test with anyone.
  8. Students must not upload exam/test content online on any website, blog, or social media platform.
  9. Students must not copy and submit any material from another student, or from another source, such as the internet. Plagiarism, including the use of internet material, is using information and materials from other sources and claiming it as your own personal information and not citing the source from where it was obtained. This is strictly prohibited.
  10. Students must not use cell phones or other electronics to obtain outside information during a test/exam.
  11. Students must not use a dictionary, translation tools, or any other media to understand the meaning of the term used during the test/exam.
  12. Students must not submit their own work in one assignment that was completed for another assignment (self-plagiarism).
  13. Students may file a grievance in the event they have negative feedback concerning live sessions, faculty, course instructor, HOD, learning center coordinator, country rep, Student Rep Council member or student by following the grievance procedure.
  14. In the event a student has a dispute concerning grades for assignments, module tests or final marks, these should be initially addressed with the course teacher. If the matter is not resolved, an email may be sent to the respective HOD about the issue. The HOD’s decision is final, however, in very specific cases the matter may be referred to the dean. The dean’s decision is absolutely final.

Social Media Code of Student Conduct

Social Media includes all the official handles of the University, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Telegram, Linked In, YouTube and WhatsApp.

  1. All students are required to use their IOU profile name in IOU’ Social Media platforms ( whatsApp/Telegram/Facebook, etc)
  2. Students must not create mixed gender study groups on any social media platform.
  3. Students must be careful about what they post online and consider how it would affect the people they know and don’t know.
  4. Students must post accurate information on social media platforms and be accountable for what they say or post online.
  5. While using social media platforms, students are advised to avoid negativity, profanity, and cyberbullying.
  6. Students should take into consideration content that could infringe on the rights of others with respect to their race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, gender, age or disability.
  7. Students are asked to correct misinformation and/or address negative posts in a respectful manner.
  8. Students must avoid engaging in behavior that could raise actual or apparent conflicts of interest on social networks.
  9. Students need to avoid expressing political opinions on IOU social media accounts.
  10. Students must think twice about how they post content if they are feeling angry about something and consider the effect that this might have on the situation.
  11. Students are also required not to post confidential material online without permission. This might be personal confidential information about an individual or information which is confidential for professional reasons.
  12. Students are not allowed to use racist, abusive terms, swear words or language that is unbecoming of a Muslim as this type of verbal usage was warned against by Prophet Muhammad SAW.
  13. Students must not infringe copyright regulations.
  14. Students must not post or upload content that is off-topic, offensive, abusive or illegal on the discussion forums, live sessions or any other official forums.
  15. Students must not fraudulently assume the identity of another on social media platforms.
  16. Any grievance related to any live event, webinar, training session, guest speaker, social media post, content and poster must be raised as per the grievance procedure.

Live Events Code of Student Conduct

  1. Maintain Islamic etiquette and good manners when interacting with teachers/speakers or students, in particular show patience and tolerance if someone has a different opinion or viewpoint.
  2. The university may invite guest speakers, Muslims or non-Muslims, who may or may not be following all Islamic guidelines or code of conduct. The primary objective of inviting such guest speakers is to offer relevant professional development skills within the student body, however,  the university may not endorse all ideas and opinions held/propagated by the relevant speakers or their actions. As a student, you are required to refrain from criticizing the speaker, and take benefit from the content that is being presented.
  3. Do not post anything in the chat box, comment section or on social media that you would not want the world to see or that may offend the speaker or specific audience.
  4. In case of difference of opinion, keep discussion and comments off the speaker especially during live events and instead discuss the matter through proper channels that is through a grievance process.
  5. Do not chat, except when you are called upon by the teacher/speaker as it distracts others.
  6. During the events on Zoom and YouTube, use the raise-hand icon to indicate any questions or comments you would like to present; then wait for the speaker to call your name. Once called upon, you may ask your question or post your comment in the chat box.
  7. Keep all questions related to the topic. No response will be given to questions and comments that are off topic.
  8. To save time, please have all questions typed out beforehand and copy-paste them into the chat box when the speaker starts taking questions.
  9. Should the teacher/speaker go offline for some reasons, remain calm and simply wait for his/her return.
  10. If the time for salah (prayer) comes during the session, you may leave the room without asking for permission. If there is time remaining after you finish your prayers you may re-enter the room.
  11. Timings that are set for the live sessions shall remain the same, hence, do not ask the teachers to change the timings.
  12. Photographing, video or audio recording of slides, oral or poster presentations without presenter/author’s permission are not allowed.
  13. Participants are expected to respect the choices of the speaker in selecting topics, questions, comments, managing session times, etc.

Exam Code of Student Conduct

  1. Students need to ensure that their equipment is working properly (computer/laptop, webcam, internet connection, etc.) while doing the tests and exams.
  2. Students must ensure that they are completing the tests and exams well before the deadline.
  3. Students are required to be present in person at the exam center during their (midterm and) final exam.
  4. Students must not ask any other student or individual to attempt their tests, assignments and exams.
  5. Students must not communicate with another person online or offline during the exam.
  6. Students must not share their username or password with any other individual.
  7. It is the responsibility of the students to agree on dates and times with the centers where they will take their exams within the given period.
  8. Students are required to take their photo IDs (national identity card, passport, driver’s license, etc.) to the exam center. These will be checked by the proctor to establish the identity of the students before allowing them to take the exams.
  9. Students are allowed to use a blank paper and a pencil in final exams if needed for analyzing the Arabic structure of the sentences.
  10.  Students are not allowed to share or disclose the exam questions, content or MCQs with any other student during or after the exam.
  11. Students must not obtain exam/test content from other students with or without coercion.
  12. Students must not share exam/test content online on any website, blog, or social media platform
  13. Students must not use cell phones or other electronics to obtain outside information during a test/exam.
  14. Students must not use a dictionary, translation tools, or any other media to understand the meaning of the term used during the test/exam.
  15. Students should follow Islamic etiquette and avoid cheating or other forms of dishonesty during exams and any time.
  16. Students are strictly advised to not cheat, fabricate, facilitate academic dishonesty, or conduct plagiarism.

Code of Student Conduct at the Exam Center

  1. Do not be late to the exam center. Reach the exam center a few minutes before the given time. Do not go very early and start revising there as it will create inconvenience to the center members. Remember that they gave you the time depending upon many factors and going there outside the approved hours may cause them inconvenience.
  2. Taking a photo id (national id card, passport) to the center as proof of identity for the proctor to check is compulsory.
  3. It is strictly forbidden for students to ask the center/proctors for the passwords at any time (even after the exams have been completed).  Any student found doing so will have their exams graded at zero and will face disciplinary action.
  4. If due to any misunderstanding, a proctor/center offers you the exam passwords you must not take them under any circumstances, doing so will result in a zero grade and disciplinary action.
  5. During the exams it is forbidden to:
    1. Refer to notes, books, open other windows on the computer etc;
    2. Ask anyone for help with answering questions;
    3. Chat with other students, friends etc;
    4. Disturb other students, the proctor, members at the center etc. in any way.
  6. Scientific calculators and the use of blank sheets for calculation are allowed for the following subjects only:
    1. Calculus and Analytic Geometry (MAT 101)
    2. Discrete Structures (CMP 104)
    3. Probability and Statistics (STA 101)
    4. Principles of Accounting (ECM 104)
    5. Managerial Accounting (ECM 201) – Allowed to use Excel sheet for calculation purposes only for this subject.
    6. Investment & Financial Statement Analysis (ECM 202)
    7. Fiqh of Inheritance (FQH 302)

Code of Conduct for Students About Live Events & Guest Speakers:

  1. Maintain Islamic etiquette and good manners when interacting with speakers, in particular show patience and tolerance if someone has a different opinion or viewpoint.
  2. The university strives to invite guest speakers whose views, attire and dress codes are as per Islamic guidelines. However, sometimes, the university may have to invite guest speakers, Muslims or non-Muslims, who may or may not be following all Islamic guidelines or code of conduct. The primary objective of inviting such guest speakers is to offer relevant professional development skills within the student body, however,  the university may not endorse all ideas and opinions held/propagated by the relevant speakers or their actions. As a student, you are required to refrain from criticizing the speaker and take benefit from the content that is being presented.
  3. Students must not use language/comments/remarks intended to promote hatred, bigotry or animosity between or against groups of people, religion, or society.
  4.  In the event a student is offended by remarks or disagrees with the views of a guest speaker or feels they are outside of Islamic guidelines, the students are advised to share the concerns privately with the organizers of the event.

Formal Dress Code for Corporate Sessions:

  1. International Open University arranges corporate sessions with the goal of introducing students (both male and female) to the corporate world and to showcase the students as avid learners helping them to gain insight into the professional environment and familiarizing them with professional experience. Therefore, it is important for students (both male and female) to dress professionally while following Islamic guidelines during virtual corporate events and sessions. Therefore, it is important for students both male and female to dress formally (following the Islamic guidelines) during virtual corporate events/sessions.
    1. Professional dress creates a positive first impression.
    2. Professional dress exudes confidence.
    3. Professional dress imbues an individual with discipline and inculcates a sense of maturity and seriousness.
  2. Disciplinary measures will be taken against students who do not follow Islamic dress code during corporate sessions.
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Guidelines for speakers

  1. Display empathy and understanding toward the feelings of the students while remaining calm when interacting with the student body.
  2. Be aware of the variety of cultural backgrounds represented by the organization and its student body.
  3. Cultivate an atmosphere of sensitivity and respect utilizing a keen awareness of the differences among the people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Both display and expect respect for others who are unlike the speaker and others in the student body.
  4. Suspend ethnocentric judgments and engage students in an open, tolerant, sensitive and respectful manner.
  5. Steer clear of using stereotypes that might offend diverse audience members and harm the speaker’s credibility.
  6. Avoid or overcome prejudices.

Disciplinary Procedure:

Where students are found to have breached the Code of Student Conduct, disciplinary procedures will be initiated against the student according to the Student’s Disciplinary and Grievance procedure which may lead a student being dismissed from the University. Therefore, all students are required to familiarize themselves with what defines misconduct and take all necessary precautions and measures to avoid it. Ignorance of the policies is not an accepted excuse and serious action will be taken.

Grievance Procedure:

If students have any complaint or grievance, academic or non-academic, against any staff, faculty or guest speaker, it must be raised as per the grievance procedure outlined here.