Code of Conduct

The AUC Code of Academic and Professional Ethics applies to all employees, including administrators, staff and SCE faculty. Please refer to the online text published here.

  • Non-Discrimination 
    The School of Continuing Education (SCE) does not discriminate in its programs and activities against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, ancestry, age, disability, socioeconomic status, or marital status. This non-discrimination policy applies to learner admissions, staff employment, faculty hiring, and treatment in all SCE programs and activities.

    Intellectual Property Rights
    SCE observes the policies of The American University in Cairo (AUC) regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). IPR comprises the issues of software licensing, material (i.e., books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals, video cassettes, audio recordings and reprints), courseware, and Internet content usage. All course curricula and certificates designed and developed by SCE departments are an SCE property for the sole use in SCE classes. Partnership agreements between SCE and training providers specify the shared use of curricula and materials. All software used at SCE is original through a comprehensive licensing agreement between AUC and the vendors/manufacturers. The IPR policies are made public on the AUC website as part of the Academic Ethics policies.


    Disclosure of Proprietary Interest
    All employees should refrain from conduct that violates or adversely affect the rights of the institution at large or the rights of other members of the AUC community. The Code of Academic Ethics posted on AUC website governs the behavior related to academic integrity, which is stated to be ‘a commitment to the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility’, and sets the guidelines of behavior for SCE faculty, learners, and staff. In using books, handouts, materials, software, or any commercial product, every individual should avoid real or perceived conflict of interest, and disclose them to the affected parties when they do exist. Partnerships with training institutions, such as Cisco Networking Academy Programs (CNAP) or Microsoft IT Academy, are disclosed to learners and the joint programs and products (e.g., courseware) are clearly identified.


    Photocopying textbooks and original content including computer software is a violation of international copyright laws and as such will not be tolerated. Photocopied textbooks and software are not allowed in SCE classes. Photocopying for classroom use must not substitute for the purchase of books or other materials. When learners are charged for photocopies, the charge must not exceed the actual cost of the photocopying. Additionally, all AUC copyright and photocopying policies apply to SCE.


    Tobacco-Free Campus
    Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited by learners, staff, faculty and visitors outside of designated smoking areas effective February 18, 2018. The appropriate signage is placed around campus to make clear where the use of tobacco products is allowed. Learner organizations are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies and tobacco advertisements are prohibited in university-run publications and on grounds or facilities. Any violators of this policy will face progressive disciplinary actions.

    Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace
    No employee may be under the influence of illegal or unauthorized drugs or alcohol during working hours. All employees must comply when asked by authorized personnel (his/her director) to undergo a drug test. It is prohibited that the unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs & alcohol by an employee on the university’s property. Failure to adhere to such instructions or to cooperate with persons administering the drug test will result in sanctions as prescribed in the applicable laws and University policy, up to and including dismissal. Employees found to be using illegal or unauthorized substances during working hours or on University property will be dismissed and may be reported to the appropriate legal authorities.


    Sexual Harassment

     SCE is committed to providing a secure educational and work environment for its learners, SCE faculty, staff, and administrators. Accordingly, SCE does not tolerate any form of harassment, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is any conduct of a sexual nature that significantly impairs a person’s ability or opportunity to perform his or her job or educational pursuits.


    Cellular/Mobile Phone
    SCE prohibits the use of cellular/mobile phones in the classroom and during the administration of entrance and end-of-term testing sessions. Learners shall turn off their phones prior to entering the above-mentioned sessions and not to turn on again until they are out of the sessions. SCE faculty shall also abide by the rules and refrain from using their cell phones during class time.

    Dress Code
    All administrators, staff and SCE faculty members are expected to maintain a level of dress and personal appearance appropriate to their position and working environment. 

  • Absence
    Enrollment of a learner in an SCE class constitutes a contract whereby the learner is purchasing a prescribed number of hours of instruction for a specific sum of money. SCE must deliver quality instruction time equal to the amount the learner has contracted for. SCE faculty shall teach the scheduled number of class hours and invest the prescribed number of preparation hours each term. Necessary absences other than illness and emergency must have prior written approval of the Department Director.   

    Punctuality is expected of all SCE faculty members. SCE faculty is required to be on time and to start and end their classes promptly. Faculty member punctuality is assessed by learners/customers in class. A faculty member with a punctuality problem over two consecutive terms will receive a warning letter from the Evaluation, Testing and Assessment Department (ETAD) Director. A faculty member with continuing punctuality problems and consistent patterns of lateness over three consecutive terms is suspended for one term.

    PPM: B10 July 2018

  • Attendance
    All learners must attend at least 75% of the class sessions or class hours. Failure to do so will result in failure of the course, although the learner is allowed to attend classes.

    Learners are expected to arrive on time for all scheduled classes and laboratory sessions. Learners will be considered late if they enter the class any time after the start of instruction. Learners are allowed to be late twice without penalty. All successive instances of tardiness will be counted as absences, although learners are allowed to attend the class.

    Cheating is not acceptable in an institution dedicated to learning. Cheating includes giving or receiving information during an examination, using unauthorized material during an examination, and other acts of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism. If a learner is caught cheating on the final examination (cf G5), the final course grade will be recorded as ‘F.’ The penalty for a second offense is automatic suspension from studying at SCE for one term and failure of the course. In instances of a third offense, the learner will be permanently dismissed from SCE.


    Acceptable adult behavior is expected of SCE learners in the classroom and on University campuses. Breach of such behavior shall be reported by the faculty member to the Department Director, and learners involved are referred to an ad-hoc learner disciplinary committee.


    Drug and Alcohol
    The university may conduct drug and/or alcohol testing under any of the following

    • FOR-CAUSE TESTING: In the cases of evidence of use, or a justifiable cause, such as possession and/or distribution of drugs or alcohol on or about the learner’s person or in the learner’s vicinity. Only authorized personnel (AUC clinic medical personnel, Dean of Students, Well-being Office personnel, or chaperone for off-campus events in Egypt or abroad) may ask a learner to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test.

      Note: Because the symptoms listed under the definitions of reasonable suspicion could be attributable to causes other than drugs or alcohol, the person reporting (a faculty, staff member, administrator, security officer, learner, or an AUC chaperone) the learner will document those facts that led him/her to believe the learner was impaired. In addition, the AUC clinic will evaluate the learner before testing to ensure that other likely causes have been reasonably considered.
    • POST-ACCIDENT TESTING: If a learner is involved in an accident on AUC property or at an AUC sponsored event off campus, or who sustains an injury on AUC or at an AUC sponsored event where there is justifiable cause to be asked to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test.
    • OFF-SITE TESTING: If there is justifiable cause to suspect a student is in violation of the drug and alcohol policy while on a sponsored trip or event off campus, whether in Egypt or abroad, he/she may be tested at a local facility or even possibly sent back to Egypt to be tested if necessary.

    PPM: B10 July, 2018