Bayan College
 Regulations on Academic & Social Conduct

Cheating and Dishonesty

Bayan College considers cheating and plagiarism unacceptable conduct and the College will impose sanctions on students who cheat or plagiarize.  Students are expected to be honest in meeting the requirements of courses in which they are enrolled.

Students who engage in cheating or plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, failing or receiving a lower grade for the piece of work in question or overall course work.  In serious cases, students’ dismissal from a course, suspension from their studies, and/or expulsion from the College will be considered.

a. Definition of Cheating

Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work by dishonest means which include, but not limited to:

-- Consulting notes, books, or any course materials during quizzes, tests, or examinations which have not been authorized by the relevant instructor;

-- Copying another person’s answer(s) to an examination question(s);

-- Consulting electronic devices during an examination without obtaining authorization from the relevant instructor;

-- Helping another student during examination(s);

-- Submitting as one’s own work a research paper, a project or a presentation in part or whole which has been stolen or borrowed;

-- Submitting a work that has been done for one class to a second class without informing the instructor of the second class and getting his/her consent;

-- Changing academic record, falsifying transcript, grades, or an attendance roster.

b. Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s words, ideas, writing, expressions, sentences, paragraphs, approach, or intellectual work in part or whole, and representing them as one’s own work and/or ideas without appropriately citing that person. In other words, plagiarism is considered a form of cheating to obtain, or attempting to obtain, credit for someone else’s academic work.

A student who downloads a text from the internet, re-writes a paragraph from a book or an article, or even uses a sentence to be incorporated in an assignment and hands it in to receive a credit or a grade without proper acknowledgement or referencing, is subject to disciplinary actions. However, students are encouraged to use the work of others with proper acknowledgement. Bayan College has made Turnitin software available to all the students so that they can check the authenticity of their assignments and research papers prior to submission.

c. Disciplinary Actions

In case of an offence of cheating or plagiarism, Bayan College reserves the right to apply the following disciplinary measures:

-- First offence: failing mark in an examination and “F” grade in a course, along with a written warning with copies to his academic file and his family

-- Second offence: In case of a repeated offence, he/she will fail the whole semester.

-- Third offence: He/she will be dismissed from the College.

Regulations on Social Conduct

To maintain a healthy educational and academic environment students must adhere to the following rules:

-- All students/visitors should abide by the College’s regulations and show his/her ID when asked to;

-- All students/visitors should abide by the instructions and procedures issued by the College and demonstrate decency and respect for feelings, traditions andchea beliefs of others and stay away from everything that might disrupt security and healthy learning environment;

-- Students shall turn off or silence their cellular phones in class sessions, computer laboratory sessions, and in any administrative offices;

-- The College will not tolerate clothing that goes against the culture of Oman. Also the College bans face veils (Burqaa, Niqaab) on College premises including, but not limited to, offices, classrooms, computer labs, and all College facilities;

-- Non-compliant Students will be referred to the Disciplinary Council. This Council and the College Council have the right to permanently dismiss any student found violating these instructions from the College.

Every time a violation to the above mentioned rules is reported to the Student Affairs, the student will promptly be denied access to the College. Furthermore, the student will be subject to disciplinary actions which include, but not limited to:

-- Warning: the student will be warned that he/she has violated the College dress policy and that subsequent violation may lead to more severe actions.

-- Written Warning: the student will be given written warning notice that he/she has violated the college policy on dress. The warning notice will be placed in the student’s academic record.

-- If necessary, the student’s family or relevant parties will be informed when violation occurs.

-- The College reserves the right to ask the student to withdraw from the College permanently.

-- Limited Suspension: a Burqua wearing student will be informed in writing that she will be denied access to the College facilities or services till she complies with the rules and stop wearing it.

 Disciplinary Council

Students are members of the College community and as such are expected to behave responsibly, to respect people and property, and to comply with the College rules and regulations, whether on College premises or elsewhere. The behavior of students should not interfere with the proper functioning or activities of the College, with those who work or study in the college or otherwise damage the College. Where there is reason to believe that a student has broken the College rules or regulations, assaulted any teaching Staff, Administrative or student, or their behavior does not meet the required standards, the College will take action as outlined in these regulations. If a student refuses to adhere to the decisions taken by the Disciplinary Council he will be expelled permanently from the College. The College Disciplinary Council, chaired by the Deputy Dean, is responsible for the maintenance of discipline in the College, as specified in the College statutes.

Disciplinary Council Duties

a. Serves as a hearing Council for alleged violations of college student regulations as specified in the College Bylaws;

b. Serves as an appeal Council for decisions evolving from disciplinary hearings;

c. Imposes sanction(s) if the alleged violator is found guilty which might be expelling the violator from the College after the decision is endorsed by the College Council; 

d. Follow up implementation of sanctions, in coordination with all relevant departments.

Bulletin Boards

They are located at the College main gate and in the academic and administration buildings. They are for official use only. Students should obtain permission from Students Affairs Department for posting any notice on these boards. In order to maintain the orderly appearance of our building any notice must be posted on the appropriate bulletin board.  The administrative staff may remove any notice posted on doors or walls or not bearing the College seal.

General Rules

a. A graduating student should fill in a form available at the respected department, no later than 8 weeks from commencement of Fall and Spring Semesters and 4 weeks from Summer Semester. The department in coordination with Admission and Registration Department office will ensure that the student meets graduation requirements.

b. A student with Diploma or BA from Bayan College is allowed to enrol for another Diploma or BA. He/she should submit an application to the Admission and Registration Department. The application will be studied by the Equivalency Committee to decide which of the courses already covered fall within the study plan of the new major. Transferred courses are not included in the AGPA.

c. A graduating student should get a clearance certificate as part of the graduation procedure.

d. Graduation Certificate is given at the end of the semester and bears the date of that semester.

e. Students should read all the instructions, rules and regulations written in this handbook as well as those issued by the college or posted on the notice boards. It is the responsibility of the students to familiarize themselves with all instructions, rules and regulations. No excuses will be entertained.