Code of Conduct
All students are prohibited from engaging in conduct resulting in, or leading to, any of the following:
a. Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty encompasses all cases of violations of the University Policy on Academic Dishonesty by committing, or attempting to commit, academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty of others and unauthorized collaboration.
b. Abuse, Assault, Threatening Behaviour
These include intentionally or reckless acts endangering, threatening or causing physical or mental harm to any person, or oneself, on the University premises or at University-sponsored activities, or intentionally causing reasonable apprehension of such harm including, but not limited to abusive language and/or physical or verbal intimidation, harassment, coercion.
c. Firearms, Explosives and Other Weapons
On NUST Campuses, there is a total ban on illegal or unauthorized use, possession, or storage of firearms, explosives (including, but not limited to fireworks), other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on the University premises, whether or not the possessor is duly licensed to hold that firearm.
d. Violation of Disciplinary Sanction
This means knowingly violating terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with NUST Statutes.
e. Furnishing False Information, Forgery or Unauthorized Use of Documents
Intentionally furnishing false information to the University and its officials; or misusing affiliation with the University to gain access to outside agency/services; or using false information or University resources to compromise the name of the University. Forgery, unauthorized alteration, or unauthorized use of any University document or electronic transmission, or instrument of identification, or academic and non-academic records, signatures, seals, or stamps thereof.
f. Disorderly Conduct or Indecent Behaviour
Engaging in disorderly or indecent conduct; breaching of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on University premises or at University-sponsored functions/activities. Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on University premises without his or her prior knowledge.
Theft, or attempted theft, of property or services on University premeses or at University-sponsored activities
h. Damage to Property or its Destruction
Intentionally or recklessly destroying or damaging, or attempting to destroy or damage, University property or the property of others on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
j. Non-Compliance with Official Direction
Failure to comply with reasonable direction of University officials acting in performance of their duties.
k. Violation of University Regulations and Policies
Violating University regulations or policies including amendments and additions adopted since the date of publication.
Distribution, possession, and consumption of alcohol/drugs/intoxicants on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
m. Unauthorized Access to Facilities
Unauthorized access or entry to, or use of, University facilities and equipment. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University premises, facilities or equipment; or, unauthorized entry to or use of University premises.
n. Unauthorized Use of Computer or Electronic Communication Devices
Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources including, but not limited to:
(1) Unauthorized access to a file, with the intention of using, reading or changing the contents, or for any other purpose.
(2) Unauthorized transfer of a file.
(3) Use of another individual’s identification and/or password.
(4) Interference with the work of another student, faculty member or University official.
(5) Sending obscene, abusive or threatening messages.
(6) Transmission of computer viruses.
(7) Interfering with normal operation of the University computing system.
(8) Unauthorized duplication of software or other violation of copyright laws.
(9) Unauthorized access to, or unauthorized, mischievous or malicious use of University computer equipment or networks, or electronic communication devices, or the use of such equipment or devices to gain unauthorized access to, and/or use of, off-campus computer equipment.
o. Provoking Others to Misconduct
Intentionally using words or actions to incite or encourage others to violent or retaliatory behavior, or other acts of misconduct.
p. Identification/Registration Cards
Failure to wear, or to produce or surrender the identification card upon the request of a University official.
Bringing an animal into any University building, with the exception of animals used for authorized laboratory purposes, or animals being used for security purpose for which express permission has been granted.
Demonstrations exceeding the bounds of free assembly and demonstrations engaging in unlawful acts that cause or imminently threaten injury to person or property, infringes on the rights of other members of the University community leading to or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
s. Political Activities
Unauthorized use of University facilities or equipment for political activities.
It covers the following:
(1) Passing remarks, placing visual or written material, aimed at a specific person or group:
i with the intention of causing harm to the person or group; and/or,
ii creating an environment which limits a student’s educational opportunity.
(2) Making unwanted verbal or physical advances or explicit derogatory statements toward individuals, which cause them discomfort or humiliation or which interfere with their educational opportunity.
(3) Physical assault
Unauthorized and/or illegal exchange of money favors or services as a result of an organized or unorganized game or competition.
Smoking is prohibited on University premises for which a policy directive has been issued.
w. Abuse of the Student Conduct System
Abusing the student conduct system including, but not limited to:
(1) Failure to obey the notice from a University official to appear for a meeting or hearing as part of the student conduct system.
(2) Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information before a hearing body or designated hearing officer of the University.
(3) Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a hearing proceeding.
(4) Causing a violation of University Code of Conduct hearing to convene in bad faith.
x. Indecent Behavior on the Campus
Indecent behavior exhibited on the campus including classes, cafeteria, laboratories etc., defying the norms of decency, morality and religious/cultural/social values by single or group of students.
y. Damage to the university fixtures/furniture, scribbling/carving on desks, wall chalking, misusing of lab/university equipment, etc.
z. Use of mobile phones in class rooms, examination halls, labs and library thus disrupting the calm of these places.
2. Off-Campus Conduct
Conduct occurring off-University premises be such that it should not affect the interest/image of the University
3. Enforcement of Code of Conduct
Matters of indiscipline would be referred to the concerned institution or NUST authorities authorized to check indiscipline matters and decide on them in line with NUST policy, rules and regulations. Parents of those students who disobey authority and violate the code of conduct will be informed. Students may be held accountable for the acts of misconduct of their guests while on University premises or at University-sponsored activities. Students who are charged with violations of this Code are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with NUST rules/regulations/statutes.
4. Punishment or Penalty for Acts of Ill-Discipline
Punishment or penalty for acts of ill-discipline shall be according to the gravity of the case and may be any one or more of the following:
a. Minor Punishments
(1) Warning in Writing: Notice to the offender, orally or in writing, that continuation or repetition of prohibited conduct may lead to further disciplinary action.
(2) Probation: Probation for a specific period.
(3) Fine: Fine which may amount up to Rs.10, 000?
(4) Hostel Suspension/Permanent Removal: Expulsion from the hostel for a specified period, or permanent removal from the residence hall.
(5) Withholding of Certificate: Withholding of a certificate of good moral character.
(6) Removal of Privileges: Deprivation from the privileges enjoyed by the students.
(7) F Grade: Award of “F” grade in a paper.
b. Major Punishments
(1) Expulsion: Expulsion from the class for a specific period up to one semester.
(2) Fine: Fine this may amount up to Rs.50, 000.
(3) Exam Result: Cancellation of examination result.
(4) Rustication: Expulsion or rustication from the institution for a specific period.
(5) Degree: Non-conferment of degree/transcript.
5. Other sanctions or a combination of above-mentioned punishments as deemed appropriate.
6. Disciplinary Process
a. Case Referrals. Each case of ill-discipline shall be reported to the head of the institution through HOD or the Manager (Hostel). Any charge should be submitted as soon as possible after occurrence of the alleged violation, preferably within 24 hours of the violation. Those referring cases are normally expected to serve as complainant and to present relevant evidence in disciplinary hearings before the NUST/Institution Discipline Committee. Depending on the gravity of the case, head of the institution will decide to award minor punishment at the institution level or refer the matter to NUST Discipline Committee for decision by the competent authority for major punishment.
b. Hearing of Disciplinary Cases
A disciplinary hearing is a formal process conducted by the Institution Discipline Committee. This formal process is designed to gather and consider relevant information regarding the alleged violation/s of the Code and to determine and recommend a punishment. Every effort will be made to expedite proceedings pursuant to allegations within a reasonable period.
NUST//Institution Discipline Committee will recommend the punishment according to the gravity of the case after giving the defaulter full opportunity to give his point of view. This must be done before recommending the punishment to head of the institution/Rector.
An appeal against the decision of Discipline Committee’ can be filed with head of the institution /Rector within fifteen days of announcement of the decision.
7. Federal / Provincial Laws and Ordinances
Violation of a Federal/Provincial law or ordinance will be dealt accordingly under these laws.
8. Gender Mixing
Students are strictly reminded to follow the accepted social and cultural norms of the society. Undue intimacy and unacceptable proximity, openly or in isolated areas will not be tolerated. The tendency of taking advantage of common places like cafeteria, and shops etc. is objectionable and undesirable. Also students are advised to avoid movement in mix groups in the campus after sunset.
It is the responsibility of all to keep the Campus environment clean and tidy. No littering or trash should be carelessly thrown or left on the Campus premises. The designated waste boxes should be used to deposit the refuse.
All individuals and teams involved in sports are expected to show sportsmanship, respect, consideration and appreciation towards their opponents, team-mates, officials and University staff at all times.
a. Under no circumstances should a player or sportsperson react in a violent manner nor use any form of foul or abusive language, whether it is directed at a member of staff, match official, opponent, playing colleague, team official or spectator.
b. Individuals signing the player registration form are agreeing to abide by this code of conduct and will accept that any deviation from these rules will result in disciplinary action by the University.
c. Persons under the influence of drugs are not permitted to participate in sports activities at the University and as such the defaulters shall be liable to disciplinary action by NUST.
d. On a final note, please remember that no referee, umpire or official is perfect. , you won't agree with every decision that is made and, just like players, the umpires and sports officials too may make mistakes.
11. Dress Code
In order to maintain academic dignity and sanctity of the institution, students and staff of the university are required to wear decent dress keeping in view the local cultural values. The dress restriction is not an attempt to impose any rigidity or regimentation but is congenial to the spirit of discipline which is the cardinal feature of life style at NUST campuses. The purpose of Dress Code is to provide basic guidelines for appropriate work dress that promotes a positive image of NUST besides allowing flexibility to maintain good morale, respect, cultural values and due consideration for safety while working at laboratories. In compliance of the dress code, students shall avoid:
a. Wearing tight or see-through dress.
b. Wearing Shorts, or sleeveless shirts.
c. Wearing Tee-Shirts/dress bearing language or art, which appears to be provocative or indecent and is likely to offend others
d. Wearing shabby or torn clothing
e. Wearing jogging or exercise clothing during classes
f. Putting on excessive makeup or wearing expensive jewellery
g. Wearing untidy, gaudy or immodest dress in classrooms, cafeteria and university offices
h. Wearing unprofessional attire in formal programs and interviews
12. All faculty members, administrative staff, support staff and students are expected to monitor this code of conduct and report any disregard or violations thereof to the institution/ headquarter NUST for taking appropriate corrective action/remedial measures.
Students are advised to adopt the habit of exchange of Islamic greetings i.e. “Assalamualaikum/ Walakumusalam” while meeting and interacting with colleagues/ faculty and staff of the university. This is an important aspect of Islamic etiquette & obligation and should so reflect in our lives.
b. Safe Driving
Students are advised to avoid reckless driving on the campus and should abide by the laid down speed limits and sign postings to avoid penalties.