Academic integrity refers to ethical standards and policies that govern how people work and interact in the academic institution/university. The essence of academic integrity lies in following honest practices not just by students but also by teachers in all aspects of the learning and teaching process.
The Symbiosis International University emphasizes on ‘facilitating intellectual stimulation to generate, maintain and disseminate knowledge’ as one of its major goals in contribution to the academic world.
The essence of learning and academic enterprise is based on using the ideas of others to stimulate and develop your own. Hence, all academic work is collaboration and therefore academic dishonesty focuses on those acts that demean or invalidate fruitful collaboration.
Types of Academic Dishonesty:
- Handing in a paper, lab report or take home exam written by another person, except when given explicit permission by the instructor of the course.
- Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials in an academic exercise or having someone else do your work for you. Cheating also includes looking at another student’s paper during a test, bringing study material to a test, obtaining a copy of the test prior to the test date or submitting homework borrowed from another student.
- Fabrication includes inventing data for an experiment that you did not do or making references to sources you did not use in a research paper.
- Facilitating academic dishonesty: helping someone else to commit an act of academic dishonesty like giving someone a paper or your homework to copy or cheat from your test paper.
- Plagiarism: Using words or ideas of another writer without attribution and acknowledgment, copying someone else’s work word for word or with minor changes (mosaic plagiarism).
- Electronic dishonesty: Using network access inappropriately in a way that affects a class or other students’ academic work.
- Academic dishonesty outside of a particular class (forged signatures and fabricated resumes, etc.) also leads to penalties by the Academic / Social Conduct Review Committee.
Students are obliged to not only follow these principles but also to take an active role in encouraging other students to respect them. Students are responsible for knowing the academic integrity policy and may not use ignorance of the policy as an excuse for dishonesty.
Penalties For Academic Dishonesty
Students facing charges of academic dishonesty may be served with punishments ranging from lowered grades and term disqualification to expulsion from the college, depending on the nature and degree of the offence.
In case of a possible act of dishonesty that the faculty member comes across:
The faculty will meet up with the student, discuss the matter and may decide to revise the charge or penalty or drop the charge altogether. In a situation, where the faculty believes that the violation deserves a penalty:
a. For the first offence, the penalty is in the form of (depending on the faculty’s decision):
- An apology form filled by the student with an acceptance of the act committed and an assurance that the act will not be repeated.
- Failure or a ‘grade 0’ in the assignment given, resulting in a lower final grade.
b. In the event of an offence being committed a second time, the faculty will report the act to the Academic Review Committee and Social Conduct Review Committee. The committee shall then call a meeting with the student in which he / she will be given an opportunity to plead his / her case. The penalty for a second offence includes (depending upon the Review Committee’s decision):
- Failure in the assignment with a ‘grade 0’ (resulting in a lower final grade)
- Referral to parents
- Community work
- Repetition of the course
c. A third offence will lead to suspension or dismissal of the candidate from the School depending on the review committee’s decision.
Code Of Conduct
As responsible members of one of India’s most reputed universities, students are expected to maintain the ideals of academic and social conduct not only within the school premises but also in their dealings with members of society in general.
This code of conduct is drawn in line with SIU’s guidelines and the students are required to comply with it in letter and spirit.
As per the guidelines of SIU the student dress should befit the institute that they represent. They shall not be permitted to wear revealing clothes. Students not adhering to the dress code will not be allowed to attend classes and will forfeit the attendance for the classes missed. For repeated violations even after 3 warnings, students will have to appear and explain their behavior to the Social Conduct Review Committee and accept punishments deemed appropriate by the committee.
Every student must have attended minimum 80% of the total number of classes conducted by the faculty. The student will not be eligible for assessment, if he/she fails to put in the required attendance.
The concession in attendance is meant to take care of medical leave and leave on personal grounds including the demise of immediate family, etc.
Students are expected to fill in the leave form and submit the same to the SSLA office. Attendance will be granted on medical grounds only in extreme cases subject to the expert opinion of Symbiosis Centre for Health Care (SCHC).
On no account will students be allowed to remain absent for any continuous assessment conducted by the school. The student will be entirely responsible for such absence. Faculty will not be responsible for repeating any assessment missed by the student irrespective of the reason. Absence from classes and assessments will be detrimental to the overall performance and final grades of the student.
No student should leave the city without the prior permission (written) of the concerned authority. Students will also have to take prior permission to remain absent from any activity of SSLA.
The students should be punctual and must be in his/her seat at the commencement of classes.
Leave on medical grounds
- The student should report about the sickness to the school by email and on telephone.
- A leave application on medical grounds should be attested by the ‘On Duty’ medical officer of Symbiosis Centre for Health Care (SCHC).
- Leave up to 3 days: If the person takes treatment from a private doctor, then he/she has to submit the medical leave certificate to the school on the day of rejoining. The office at the discretion of the Director, will accept it or require the student to have it authenticated from SCHC.
- For local students: In case the medical leave is likely to extend for a period of more than three days, it is mandatory for the students to be present in person or to inform on telephone to SCHC as the case may be about the sickness. Continuation of sick leave beyond three days must be notified to SCHC.
- For outstation students: In case the student is admitted to a hospital or has fallen sick during his visit home or is so incapacitated, it is obligatory for him/her to send a medical certificate issued by the doctor treating him/her and giving details of his/her medical condition by fax. This may be addressed to the medical officer, SCHC (Fax 020-25678680 Ext. 204) indicating the possibility of medical leave extending beyond three days.
- Please note that except in the case of hospitalization authenticated by SCHC, absence on medical grounds beyond 20% of the total attendance shall not be condoned i.e. the student is still required to have a minimum 80% attendance.
- In case of hospitalization duly authenticated by SCHC, absence beyond 20% may be condoned as per the advice of the doctors at SCHC and at the discretion of the Director of the SSLA. However, for no reason, including hospitalization, will the student be eligible to be assessed for the semester, if his/her attendance has fallen below 60%.
- No back dated medical leave will be granted to the students on any ground whatsoever.
Note: The total number of lectures missed on the grounds mentioned above should not in any case exceed 20%. Grant of permission does not mean that the absence has been condoned for the purposes of computing attendance. However, cases under point 6 / 7 may be treated as exceptions.
Leave Travel Concession
Since Railway rules prescribe that travel concession will be allowed only for designated vacations, such concession forms will not be made available for travel in between vacations whatever be the reason.
Absence from Guest lectures, Seminars, Workshops & Presentations
Attendance for Guest lectures, Seminars, Workshops & Presentations is compulsory.
- Students are required to strictly observe the uniform code prescribed and wearing the Identity Cards is compulsory.
- On no account will students be allowed to remain absent from these events.
- Students should be punctual in attendance and must be in their seat at the commencement of these programs.
- Students are expected to maintain the decorum in the school and interact meaningfully with the guests, experts and faculty.
SSLA and SIU urge students to understand the spirit of wearing identity cards:
- A symbol of belonging to a premier institution.
- A means of identification in the event of accidents, medical and other emergencies.
- Every student of the program must have an identity card. He / She should always wear it on person while on campus and should produce it whenever called upon to do so by the security and other concerned authorities.
- At the beginning of the academic year, every student is expected to collect his/her Identity Card and Library Card for home lending, from the office. This will be available after he/she produces his/her Admission Receipt.
- The loss of the library card and I-card should be reported immediately to the office coordinator with an application. Rs. 75/- will be charged for a duplicate library card and Rs. 500/- for duplicate I-card (including tag and holder).
- At the time of issuing a book, the Identity Card must be presented along with the Library card. Without the I. Card the reader may be refused the use of the Home Lending facility.
- Every student entering the Library must present his/her own Identity Card as well as Library card, otherwise the use of the Library will be denied.
Any act of indiscipline or insubordination or misbehavior by any student will attract severe penalties/punishment:
- Use of mobile phones in the academic block of the school is strictly prohibited. Violation of the rule will result in confiscation of the SIM card.
- Any student misbehaving in class and behaving arrogantly with the faculty and staff will be severely punished. The nature of punishment will depend upon the severity of the offence.
- Loud/impolite talk/use of unparliamentary language which offends others would be dealt with seriously.
- The behavior of the students at all times, within or outside the campus, must be above board and must reflect a sense of responsibility.
- Students are required to strictly observe the dress code prescribed. Any student found in improper attire will be sent back even during college hours and the student will him/herself be held responsible for the loss of his / her attendance.
- Any students found loitering in the corridor during classes/lecture hours will lose the whole day’s attendance.
- Students are required to show due regard for the rights and property of SSLA. Any student found guilty of tampering/damaging the property, fixtures, equipment, furniture, books, and buildings, vehicles, etc. of the institute would attract punishment and compensation for loss caused.
- Instigating or abetting collective insubordination will be viewed very seriously.
- No society or association of the students will be started without the written permission of the concerned authority.
- No person shall be invited to address or entertain the students of the college without the previous written permission of the faculty in-charge / Director.
- Consumption or possession of alcohol/drugs and being under influence while on campus or at functions is prohibited.
- Theft, gambling, sexual harassment, physical fights / bouts with each other, smoking on Symbiosis Campus, indecent behavior in public places, etc. will be dealt with severely.
- Any other offence not included in this list will be dealt with on a case basis.
- Eatables are not permitted in classrooms, computer lab, A/V studio, and library or office area.
- Use of net connectivity for non academic purpose is not permitted during the school hours.
- Littering in the campus will attract either monetary or non monetary punishment.
- The admission of a student who has been admitted to the program / school based on any form of misinterpretation of facts, will be cancelled as soon as such misinterpretation surfaces no matter at what stage of the program he/she is studying in. Further he/she will forfeit the tuition and all other fees paid for the program.
- All violations of the Code of Conduct will be dealt with by the Social Conduct Review Committee.
Any one found indulging in ragging in any form within or outside the campus, shall be instantly expelled from the SIU. (Ref: The Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1999)
- Ragging within and outside any educational institute is prohibited.
- Penalty: Whoever directly or indirectly commits, participates in, abets or propagates ragging within or outside any educational institute shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and shall also pay a fine of thousand rupees.
- Dismissal of student: Any student convicted of an offence under penalty for ragging shall be dismissed from the educational institution and such other educational institution for a period of five years from the date of order of such dismissal.
Communication to Students
Any changes affecting the students or class schedule will be communicated to the students via Notice Boards or other modes of communication. It is important that the students keep themselves abreast with any changes in time table details and other announcements.
The following persons will be eligible for making use of the college Library:
- Students of SSLA.
- All members of the Teaching staff and Non-teaching staff of the Symbiosis Institutions.
- Members of Symbiosis Society.
Home Lending Facility
- Home Lending Facility is available to the members of the Teaching and Non Teachingstaff and students.
- The Library Book must be returned on or before the last date stamped on the Due Date slip, pasted on the first page of the book.
- On failure of returning books on due dates a fine of Rs.20/- per day will be charged. A fine of Rs.50/- per day will be charged in case of the reference material.
- Students should use their own library card and I-Card. The students should not lend their library card and I-Card to others. If they do, they will have to suffer the losses incurred in process of loss, damage, fines, etc.
- In case of loss of a book/s the student will either have to replace the same or pay the current value of the book, with an additional fine of Rs. 100/-.
General Library Rules
- The Library Attendant at the entrance and the counter are authorized to examine everything that passes into or out of the library.
- Students are required to present their own Identity Card and are advised not to keep any personal items with their Identity Card.
- Readers are responsible for any damage or injury done to the reading materials or any other property of the Library, and shall be required to replace such books/property as has been damaged or injured or be required to pay the full value there of as determined by the Library Authorities.
- Smoking, spitting, eating, loud conversation and similar objectionable practices are forbidden in or near the Library.
- CDs or any other accompanying materials available with books may be viewed / used only in the library.
- Readers shall not write or mark (by underlining, putting brackets, etc.) on the reading materials. The Library property and furniture is to be handled with utmost care.
Readers’ suggestions will be appreciated and welcomed. Readers desirous of proposingany title or others types of additions to the materials of the library may do so by filling the details of the ‘Books Suggestion Form’ available with the office.
Note: For the smooth functioning of the Library and for collective convenience, the
Head/Librarian/Office holds the power to suspend the use of the Library to the readers found negligent regarding any of these rules or who fails to cooperate with the Library staff.
Important notices and information regarding the library as well as changes, if any, will be notified from time to time on the Notice Boards.
Rules regarding Co-Curricular Activities
Students should take active part in games, debates, dramatics and such other co-curricular activities as they are absolutely essential for the development of the students.
Any student allowed to represent the school in any activity will not do anything which will affect the prestige and reputation of the school. Any student found doing so will be punished severely, decisions taken by the Social Conduct Review Committee will be binding and no justification to any effect will be entertained.
Any advance taken by a student towards any activity of the school should be settled with the accounts assistant / faculty- in -charge within four days from the completion of the activities. To substantiate the expenses, proper receipts must support the statement.
Students will not be granted attendance for practice sessions.
The students are bound by all the rules and regulations made by the school and SIU from time to time. The Director also reserves the right to modify these rules as and when felt necessary.
Where any rule is not explicitly provided for, the rules of SIU will apply.
All disputes pertaining to sale of prospectus, conduct of examinations and admission to the centre/institute shall fall within the jurisdiction of Pune, Maharashtra only and will be settled through arbitration.
Academic Review Committee (ARC)
The Academic Review Committee is headed by the Director of SSLA with two permanent faculty members along with a legal advisor of SSLA representing both, the interests of the students and the School.
The students’ interests are represented by two nominated members from the Student Body who will form part of the Academic Review Committee (ARC).
ARC will work to review, investigate and appropriately manage / deal with any violation of the Academic Policies followed by SSLA and the SIU.
The ARC also has the authority to refer cases to the Symbiosis International University (SIU) for any further recommendation and penalties.
Social Conduct Review Committee (SCRC)
The Social Conduct Review Committee is headed by the Director of SSLA with two permanent faculty members along with a legal advisor of SSLA representing both, the interests of the students and the School.
The students’ interests are represented by two nominated members from the Student Body who will form part of the Social Conduct Review Committee (SCRC).
The SCRC will work to review, investigate and appropriately manage / deal with any violation of the Social Conduct Policies followed by SSLA and the SIU.
The SCRC also has the authority to refer cases to the Symbiosis International University (SIU) for any further recommendation and penalties.
Investigation And Resolution Of Complaints Against Students Violation Of Academic Or Social Conduct
Depending on the nature of the problem being investigated, the Academic Review Committee and Social Conduct Review Committee will decide the course of action to be taken with regard to the student under review.
Conflict Between Class And Extra-Curricular Activities
According to the SSLA ideology, both curricular and extracurricular activities are essential for an all round development of the students. We however would like to remind the students that the classroom performance takes priority over all co-curricular and extracurricular activities. In case of conflict between scheduled classes and SSLA approved extracurricular activities, the decision of the Academic Review Committee and the director shall stand final.
Responsibilities of the student:
- At the beginning of the semester inform each faculty member about any conflict with an approved extracurricular activity scheduled during the semester.
- Take the initiative to complete in advance any work which may be missed without expecting that the concerned faculty will provide make-up assessments / evaluation.
- Choose between the class or the activity (with a conscious decision, that you will lose out on class attendance and marks) if it becomes apparent that both cannot be served in a satisfactory manner.
Responsibilities of the Faculty:
- Try to accommodate a student who must miss an occasional class or events held outside the scheduled classroom hours because of an extracurricular activity approved by SSLA. Provide all assistance possible to the student without necessarily giving make-up assessments / evaluations / exams.
- Consider giving assignments / activities / tests on days that do not conflict with the student’s previously stated and approved extracurricular activities.