Code of Conduct and Student Ethics

As expressed in the Board of Trustees Statement on University Values, Hellenic American University expects that its students will be responsible citizens both in society and within the University. In its own words, the Board of Trustees considers that such responsibility:

[extends] beyond the observance of law, which it takes for granted; such responsibility also includes an active commitment on the part of all members of the university community to safeguarding and promoting the values of tolerance and diversity, academic integrity, the free pursuit of knowledge, academic honesty, and the protection of intellectual property.

The Code of Conduct and Student Ethics elaborates these principles through a set of rules and regulations governing student conduct. These policies ensure that the aims and objectives of Hellenic American University are pursued with the highest standards of academic rigor and ethical behavior.


Academic conduct concerns actions and behavior associated with the teaching and learning environment. Academic misconduct includes plagiarism, cheating, lying, falsification of academic records, violations of courses rules, copyright infringement, or damage or destruction of university facilities or equipment. Each of these acts violates the Code of Student Ethics.

If a faculty member of university official determines that a student has acted unprofessionally or unethically, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action. The severity of the action is jointly determined by the faculty member and the Academic Standards Committee. The student has the right to appeal to the provost in writing, stating the reason for the appeal.


Students are expected to produce their own work product and will be judged on the merit of that product. Students who are found to have plagiarized another person’s work will be subject to disciplinary action, which can include a failing grade on the work product, a failing grade in the course, or expulsion from the program. Course syllabi include a statement on academic integrity and the consequences foreseen when plagiarism is detected. The severity of the action is jointly determined by the appropriate Professor and the Academic Standards Committee. The student shall have the right to appeal in writing to the provost.


Non-academic misconduct includes the following types of student behavior committed on campus or when in a university-sponsored activity off-campus.

  • The obstruction or disruption of the teaching, research, administrative, public service or other authorized activity or function of the University.
  • Physical or verbal abuse; harassment, including sexual harassment; bullying1 as defined in the respective country and state laws or threatening of any member of the faculty, staff, student body or visitor to the University.
  • Unlawful possession, use, manufacture, distribution or dispensing of illicit drugs, controlled substances, or alcoholic beverages by a Hellenic American University student on University property or as part of a University activity.
  • The theft, damaging or malicious destruction of property belonging to the University, visitors to the University or a member of the University community.
  • Falsification, alteration, fabrication or misuse of university forms, documents, records, or identification.
  • Conduct at a disciplinary hearing, involving contemptuous, disrespectful or disorderly behavior, or the giving of false testimony or other evidence at any hearing.

Students committing such actions will be subject to the University’s non-academic disciplinary process.

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