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Academic Integrity

Fundamental to academic integrity is the presentation of your work as your own, the acknowledgement of others' work, and the truthful reporting of results obtained. It is your responsibility to act truthfully and honestly in your academic pursuit, and to acquaint yourself with the University's policies on academic integrity and discipline. You will be subjected to disciplinary action should you be found to be in violation of these policies. A complete listing of the relevant regulations concerning every HKUST student can be found in the General Regulations chapter of the HKUST Academic Calendar.

Plagiarism is one of the most serious academic offences. If you present work that originates from sources other than your own without adequate referencing, for credit in a course, a program of study, or for fulfillment of degree requirements, you are then committing plagiarism. This pertains to academic work in any form, including theses, examinations, tests, term papers and assignments.

Cheating and other acts of academic dishonesty are also serious offences. To learn more about the University's policies concerning such acts, please refer to the University Guide on Academic Integrity, published by the Office of the Provost.

Bad Weather Arrangements

Hong Kong is situated in a subtropical monsoon climate, and extreme weather conditions can occur in Hong Kong during the spring and summer months. These include tropical cyclones (known as typhoons in Asia) and severe rain/thunderstorms and under these circumstances class/exam activities may be cancelled.

Typhoons are categorized into ten levels, with 10 being the most severe. Rainstorms are categorized by color, with Black being the most severe. Please click here for more information on weather warnings and safety guidelines during severe weather conditions.

Final examination schedules are posted on the Academic Records and Registration Office (ARRO) website. Please consult the website for up-to-date information concerning exam arrangements in the event of severe weather.

Below are the general guidelines in the case of bad weather. You should take these as a guideline, and confirm the arrangements when the situation arises.

If the Typhoon Singal No. 8 and/or Black Rainstorm Warning Signal areAll Classes and Exams
Hoisted within 2 hours of the scheduled starting time of classes or exams Will be cancelled
Lowered at or before 6:30am Starting at or after 08:30 will be held as scheduled
Lowered at or before 12:00 noon Starting at or after 14:00 will be held as scheduled
Lowered at or before 4pm Starting at or after 6:00pm will be held as scheduled
Still in effect at 4:00pm In the evening will be cancelled

If an examination is canceled due to the Black Rainstorm Warning or the Typhoon Warning Signal No. 8 or above, arrangements will be made for that examination to be held as soon as practicable after the scheduled examination period.

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