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The Stance of the International Open University on Terrorism/Extremism
Prevention of Terrorism and Extremism

The International Open University (IOU) denounces, in the strongest terms, terrorism and all forms of extremism against any people, community, or country regardless of religion, color, race, or political views.  Such acts have both a devastating and detrimental effect on humanity and society as a whole.  Terroristic acts committed by misguided souls also tarnish the image of Islam.  These actions of a few distort perceptions of Muslims, which results in negative stereotypes that increase Islamophobia within our societies.

Teachers at IOU

The qualified teachers, scholars, life-coaches, and professionals that teach at the International Open University are comprised of various ethnic backgrounds and come from all corners of the world.  Despite the varying experiences, they all possess a shared love of learning and a desire to spread authentic and beneficial knowledge.

Our teachers strive very hard to present their courses, lectures, notes, and presentations in the most effective manner to benefit our students and the general public (in cases of public courses/events).

The views expressed in the lectures and presentations made for IOU classes, meetings, webinars, or other IOU events, are solely those of the speakers and not, necessarily, of the IOU.

Submissions or the presence of speakers at IOU classes and activities do not constitute an endorsement of the speaker or the speaker’s views by the International Open University.

What We Teach at IOU

The International Open University does not teach any form of terrorism or violence in any of its courses, webinars, events, or activities of the University.  We are entirely focused on academic teaching to build a culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence, that fosters academic research as well as intellectual development and growth.

The International Open University is committed to providing beneficial knowledge at the lowest possible cost to make education freely and widely available. We are therefore committed to civic engagement, and realize that universities must play a significant role in creating a generation of individuals who are educated and equipped with beneficial knowledge that instills a sense of awareness of social responsibility to benefit their communities as productive citizens.

The University’s Stance toward Students, Staff, and Volunteers Found Promoting Terrorism/Extremism

The International Open University has a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism and extremism in all forms.  Any student, staff member, or volunteer found promoting any form of terrorism/extremism will be dealt with by the University with immediate effect.

Decisive disciplinary action will be taken against him/her regardless of their position in the University, which may include but are not limited to:

  1. Termination of enrollment indefinitely or for a specific period (in the case of students)
  2. Suspension or permanent expulsion from the University (applicable to all individuals concerned)
The University’s Relationship with the Examination Centers

The International Open University has over one thousand (1,000) approved examination centers throughout the world that offer administrative support in conducting the final examinations of each semester.

Each examination center provides supervision to ensure that students attempt each exam without any form of misconduct or cheating.

The University maintains a professional working relationship with all of its approved examination centers. The centers do not play any role in the running of the University, nor do they have a say in the academic or administrative matters of the University.

Similarly, the University plays no role in the running of the examination centers or their educational or regulatory issues. The views and actions of the examination centers may not necessarily be the same as that of the International Open University. 

The International Open University (IOU) takes extraordinary measures before the approval of examination centers.   Any center found to be promoting any form of terrorism or extremism will result in being dealt the immediate action of cancellation of their approved center status, and arrangements will subsequently be made for students to register at another authorized center nearest to them.