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2.1 Free Expression and Disruption
Being an academic institution, the university is committed to the expression and constructive debate of alternative views, theory and data. It recognizes and respects all peaceful and nonobstructive forms of dissent, whether individual or collective, that are within the university regulations and which do not interfere with the regular and essential operation of the university. Disruption, in this context, has been defined as an action or combination of actions by an individual or a group that unreasonably interferes with, hinders, obstructs or prevents the smooth and regular functioning and operations of North South University, including the holding of classes and all administrative functions. If an action is determined by the university authority as disruptive, designated persons shall have the right to restrain or prohibit such a behavior.

2.2 Intolerance
The university aims and strives to maintain an environment that is tolerant and respectful toward others irrespective of gender, race, religion, class, political affiliation, caste, status or position in the university or the community at large. To this end,intolerance refers to an attitude, feeling or belief wherein individual shows contempt for other individuals or groups based on the characteristics mentioned above. As stated in the policy statement on free expression, the expression of diverse moderate views and opinions is encouraged and any attempts to (hamper) obstruct such expression will be considered an act of disruption by university authorities.

2.3 Physical Abuse
North South University is committed to the safety and well-being of all its members and strives to maintain an environment that is free from acts of violence. The university will not tolerate any acts of physical violence, such as beating, punching, kicking, unwanted physical contact with a person and the like by any member of the University community.

2.4 Smoking
North South University campus is absolutely smoking free. Achievement of this goal will require the willingness, understanding, and patience of all members of the campus community. The following guidelines are designed to accomplish this goal:

  • 2.4.1 Prohibition guideline:
    Smoking is prohibited anywhere within the boundary of the university. Carrying cigarette, lighter or any other means to produce fire is also prohibited inside the boundary of the campus.
  • 2.4.2 Penalty
    • a) The punishment against a first offence of smoking is a penalty of taka 500.00 only
    • b) The punishment against a second offence of smoking is a penalty of taka 3000.00 only and notification to the legal guardian.
    • c) The punishment against further offence of smoking is to be decided by the Disciplinary Committee.
    • d) The punishment against first offence of carrying cigarette, lighter or any other means to produce fire will be the seizure of the items. The report of further offence by the same person will go to Proctor’s Office and eventually to Disciplinary Committee.
  • 2.5 On-Campus Promotional Activities
    • 2.5.1 Promoting business ventures, commercial activities or social causes in the form of banners, posters, sample demonstrations, stalls, and product placement by parties outside North South University should be subjected to scrutiny by the Proctor's Office. Products, services or ventures that go against NSU code of ethics, academic environment and restrictions set by government legislative bodies will not be allowed in any form of public demonstration on-campus. Size, dimension and area of display must follow the instruction of the Proctor's Office.
    • 2.5.2 Promoting on campus activities by clubs,academic schools and other departments of NSU will have to go through similar scrutiny. Student clubs, while negotiating with sponsors outside NSU, must declare NSU code of ethics to the sponsor(s). Any kind of misappropriation and influence to diverge from the standard set by NSU authority will be deemed as violation of code of conduct.

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Violations of Code

3.1 Acts of Academic Dishonesty

  • 1. Plagiarism: Representing the work of another as one's own work
  • 2. Preparing work for another that is to be used as the other's own work
  • 3. Cheating
  • 4. Knowingly furnishing false information to a university official about academic matters

3.2 Acts of Social or Personal Misconduct

  • 3.2.1 Violence
    • 1. Physical abuse
    • 2. Direct threat of violence, either verbal or written or by electronic message
    • 3. Intimidation, either verbal or written or by electronic message
    • 4. Participation in any activity to disrupt any function of the university by force or violence or provocation
    • 5. Reckless behavior that causes danger or threat to person(s)
  • 3.2.2 Deliberate obstruction or interference to any person's right to attend or participate in university function
  • 3.2.3 Causing fear and apprehension using misrepresentation, misinformation, force or coercion to solicit support, signatures or participation in activities of a subversive nature or detrimental to the normal functioning of the university
  • 3.2.4 Any conduct, expression or language considered improper in interacting with faculty members, university official and staff
  • 3.2.5 Property Damage
    • 1. Arson
    • 2. Willful or malicious damage or destruction of property
    • 3. Reckless behavior causing damage to property
  • 3.2.6 Possession and/or Use of Weapons
    • 1. Firearms
    • 2. Explosives or explosive materials such as bombs, cocktails, chemicals or anything in similar nature
    • 3. Fireworks except as and when authorized by a designated university official
    • 4. Knives, clubs, sticks or any item that is used with the intention to cause harm/ injury or threat
  • 3.2.7 Disobedience
    • 1. Disobedience, interference, resistance, or failure to comply with the directive of an identified university official acting in the line of duty
    • 2. Trespassing and other forms of unauthorized presence
  • 3.2.8 Deception
    • 1. Furnishing false information to the university with the intent to deceive
    • 2. Forgery, alteration or misuse of university documents, records and identification cards
    • 3. Forgery or issuing a bad check with intent to defraud
  • 3.2.9 Theft
    • 1. Misappropriation or conversion of university funds, supplies, equipment, labor, material, space or facilities.
    • 2. Possessing, storing or transporting of stolen university property
    • 3. Aiding or abetting theft of university property
    • 4. Misappropriation of sponsor funds, any form of money embezzlement and lack of transparency in declaring supporting financial documents by student bodies of NSU, including student clubs and other ventures managed by students.
  • 3.2.10 Safety
    Tampering with elevators, security devices such as doors and locks, university equipment such as computers and electronics and/or other university equipment.
  • 3.2.11 Drugs and Controlled Substances
    • 1. Manufacture
    • 2. Sale or delivery
    • 3. Unauthorized possession, carrying or use
  • 3.2.12 Indecent Behavior
    Based on the degree of the offense as is deemed appropriate by the Disciplinary Committee, a penalty can be imposed on the offender. Guardian calling,disciplinary hearing and expulsion can also take place in extreme cases where the offender invades the boundary of acceptable social decency.
  • 3.2.13 Tarnishing University Image/Unlawful Association
    Behavior, inside or outside campus, that damages university image or disrupt functioning of its normal activities. Any kind of association with groups and/or individuals that is prohibited by the government, against the law of the country and detrimental to local, national and/or global peace and security, authority reserves the right to expel those students permanently and to some extent hand them over to law enforcement agencies. Propagating any form of hate message on campus, over social media or any other means that deliberately demean different religion, culture or ethnic group are punishable offense by the law of our country. Any form of message, image, drawing, social media post or any other type of communication that directly or indirectly instigate or supports extremism/terrorism, acts of terrorism or activities that lead to extremism and are against the security and sovereignty of the country, will result in disciplinary action by the university authority.
  • 3.2.14 Sexual Harassment
    Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical harassments of sexual nature. Promising favors in exchange of sexual conduct and any form of pleasure seeking from humiliating others.
  • 3.2.15 Other Violations: Violations of university policies beyond the code of conduct.

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  • 4.1 Any violation of the Code of Conduct, as stated in this document, is a cause for initiating necessary disciplinary action(s). The judicial system is subject to the authority of the Vice-Chancellor of the university as he/she deems appropriate, except that the Disciplinary Committee shall have the authority to approve disciplinary warning as a sanction. The Disciplinary Committee shall consider the cases and make recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor for necessary sanction(s).
  • 4.2 The following offences may warrant immediate expulsion of the student on recommendation from the Chairperson, without the need to call for a committee meeting:
    • 4.2.1 First offence of the following nature and category:
      • 1. Physical abuse (clause
      • 2. Any conduct, expression or language considered improper in interacting with faculty members, university official and staff(clause 3.2.4).
      • 3. Arson (clause
      • 4. Willful or malicious damage or destruction of property (clause 3.2,5.2).
      • 5. Forgery, alteration or misuse of university documents and records. (clause
      • 6. Misappropriation or conversion of university funds, supplies, equipment, labor, material, space or facilities (clause
      • 7. Possession, storing or transport of stolen university property (Clause
    • 4.2.2 Repeated offences of the following nature and category:
      • 1. Plagiarism (clause 3.1.1).
      • 2. Knowing and willful falsification of educational data (clause 3.1.4).
      • 3. Knowingly furnishing false information on academic matters (clause 3.1.5).
    • 4.2.3 A student who wishes to appeal against such decisions must submit a written request for an appeal within 5 days of notification of the sanction.
  • 4.3 The following offences regarding forgery of any identification document (clause and misuse of any identification document to trespass and/or any other unauthorized presence (clause or furnishing false information to the university (clause will cause the corresponding punishments as mentioned:
    • 4.3.1 The penalty for duplication of own NSU ID by a genuine NSU student is BDT. 10,000/-.
    • 4.3.2 The penalty against a genuine NSU student, who helps an outsider(s) to enter the NSU campus by any means is tk. 25,000/-. The outsider will be handed over to the police through the NSU security.
    • 4.3.3 The penalty against a genuine NSU student, who duplicates the NSU ID and helps an outsider(s) to enter the NSU campus is BDT. 35,000/- (10,000/- + 25,000/-).
    • 4.3.4 The penalty against a genuine NSU student, who helps another current NSU student(s) to enter the NSU campus by any means is tk. 5,000/-.
    • 4.3.5 The penalty against a genuine NSU student, who duplicates any NSU ID and helps another current NSU student(s) to enter the campus with it is BDT. 25,000/-.
    • 4.3.6 If a student is found to rent his/her ID, original or duplicate, to others in entering the NSU campus, will be expelled from the university.
    • 4.3.7 The penalty for presenting false guardian, false medical documents or any other kind of false information to the university with the intent to deceive is BDT. 20,000/-.
  • 4.4 All other violations shall be subject to hearing by the Disciplinary Committee. In case a violation of the code, rules and regulations occurs, the matter shall be reported to the Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee.
    • 4.4.1 The Committee shall inform the student about the charges against him/her in writing sufficiently in advance of the hearing to afford a reasonable opportunity to prepare a defense.
    • 4.4.2 The hearing shall be conducted in a manner that is professional and just, and shall not be restricted unduly by rules of procedure or evidence. Evidence not directly related to the matter at hand will not be considered. The focus of inquiry in disciplinary proceedings will be the innocence or guilt of the person(s) accused of violating the Code of Conduct.
    • 4.4.3 The hearing will be private unless the accused student requests that it be open to members of the university community.
    • 4.4.4 In the event that a student requests that the hearing be open, such request may be overruled by the Chairperson in agreement with the Committee, if an open hearing would have an adverse impact on any witness; would disclose personal, psychological or medical information of a sensitive nature; or would otherwise jeopardize the privacy or welfare of any witness or of the accused student.
    • 4.4.5 On behalf of the university, the charges and evidences may be presented by the Chairperson or a person designated by the Chairperson.
    • 4.4.6 The Chairperson and/or any other member of the Committee shall have the right to question witness(es) that is admitted to the hearing. The testimony of unknown or unidentified witness(es) will not be admissible.
    • 4.4.7 Imposition of sanctions shall not be based solely upon the failure of the person charged to answer the charges. In the event of the failure or refusal of the accused person to appear at the hearing, the evidence in support of the charges shall be presented and considered in absentia.
    • 4.4.8 A written report of the original hearing will be made consisting of the followings:
      • 1. Notice of charges and other documents
      • 2. A summary of the evidence presented
      • 3. All the findings and
      • 4. Sanction(s) recommended
    • 4.4.9 In any case of the drugs or controlled substances (clause 3.2.11), the minimum punishment to be warranted is a suspension of one semester.

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Disciplinary Sanctions
  • 5.1 Academic Dishonesty:
    The faculty member shall have initial jurisdiction over cases of academic dishonesty.
    • 5.1.1 In such cases, the matter can be handled at an informal hearing between the student and the faculty member to adjudicate the cases with either of the following two sanctions, should the student accept responsibility for the violation:
      • a) A failing grade (F) may be assigned for the work in connection with which the violation occurred.
      • b) A failing grade (F) may be assigned for the course in which the violation occurred.
    • 5.1.2 Should the faculty member so desire, he/she can refer the case to the Head of the Department, who can then adjudicate the case with either of the above two sanctions. prizes or student financial aid and/or impose some conditions or tasks to comply. Violations of the conditions of probation will result in further sanctions based on follow-up proceedings of the Disciplinary Committee. Disciplinary probation status and the conditions of the probation, as set forth by the Disciplinary Committee shall become a matter of record in the student's file.
    • 5.1.3 In any case in which the student does not accept responsibility for the violation, and/or social misconduct is also involved, in addition to the incident(s) of academic dishonesty, the Department Chair shall refer the case to the Disciplinary Committee based on a written complaint made by the faculty member.
    • 5.1.4 Faculty member(s) may also make the written complaint directly to the Chairperson of the Committee.
    • 5.1.5 In addition to the above sanctions, any one or more of the following sanction(s), mentioned under clause 5.2 below can be imposed on the student, following hearing by the Disciplinary Committee
  • 5.2 Violation of Regulations:
    The range of official sanctions that may be recommended by the Disciplinary Committee for violation of regulations (both academic and social) shall comprise the following disciplinary sanctions:
    • 5.2.1 Disciplinary Warning
      Disciplinary warning is a notice to the student that his/her conduct was questionable and that future breach of conducts will be treated more severely. The warning may be issued verbally or in writing, but shall become a matter of record in the student's file.
    • 5.2.2 Disciplinary Probation
      Disciplinary probation removes a student from good disciplinary standing. The status of disciplinary probation is assigned for a specific period of time. Though the student will be allowed to continue with courses at the university, disciplinary probation status may affect qualification for some awards,
    • 5.2.3 Loss of Privilege
      Loss of privilege is the withdrawal of a privilege, use of a service or participation in an activity for a specific period of time consistent with the offense committed and the rehabilitation of the student. Loss of privilege may be imposed separately or in addition to any other sanction(s).
    • 5.2.4 Disciplinary Suspension
      Disciplinary suspension is an action that excludes the student from registration, class attendance, participation in university events and activities and use of university facilities for a specified period of time. In cases where the student is currently attending courses, s/he will be allowed to finish the semester without prejudice. Disciplinary suspension will then start from the following semester for the stipulated period of time. If the student has voluntarily refrained from registering for the semester during which the Disciplinary Committeem holds its hearing, that semester will not be counted within the stipulated period of disciplinary suspension. Disciplinary suspension becomes a matter of record in the student's file.
    • 5.2.5 Disciplinary Expulsion
      Disciplinary expulsion is the permanent withdrawal by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Student’s Privilege of registration, class attendance, use of university facilities, and participation inuniversity activities and events. Disciplinary expulsion is recorded in the student's transcript.
    • 5.2.6 Restitution to the University
      Restitution requires a student to pay for damages to or misappropriation of university property or the property of members of or visitors to the university. Such restitution shall be charged to any student who alone, or through group activities, organizes or knowingly participates in the events causing such damages or costs. Restitution may be imposed separately or in addition to other sanction(s).
    • 5.2.7 Temporary or Interim Suspension
      Such a sanction requires that the student leave campus immediately. It may be imposed upon a student by a Department Head (Academic) or the Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee, should s/he have reasonable cause to believe that the student is an immediate threat to the safety of persons, property or to the essential functions of the university. The officer enforcing the rule must notify by the Disciplinary Committee in writing by the nextworking day for subsequent action. Any summarilysuspended student who returns to campus duringthe period of interim suspension shall be subject to disciplinary dismissal or disciplinary expulsion. Any student who is summarily suspended will be required to stay off university property till an official hearing is conducted by the Disciplinary Committee. The hearing normally shall be held within 5 (five) working days of the notice of suspension.

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