The Principles of Academic Integrity

Pursuant to the Act on Scientific Activity and Higher Education, the Statute of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, the Code of Ethics of the University of Split, the Faculty’s Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, and the Act on Personal Data Protection, standards of academic freedom and integrity are protected and promoted at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy (FCEAG) by systematic implementation of the following principles and activities.

FCEAG protects academic freedom and promotes academic integrity by:

  • encouraging and enabling its employees to freely express and pursue innovative ideas, and publish research results without any legal consequences or fear of losing their position
  • fostering a creative atmosphere, particularly in research-related activities
  • enabling researchers the right to impartiality in decision making
  • having zero tolerance to intentional publication of fabricated research results (for the purposes of gaining remuneration or any other kind of reward)
  • guaranteeing validity and reliability of research findings published by the Faculty members and by guaranteeing that findings are not published with the aim of deceiving the research community.

FCEAG protects the standards of academic integrity and guarantees professional conduct of its members by:

  • having zero tolerance to any attempt at plagiarism (intentional use or reproduction of ideas, texts, and statements without due citation and referencing) in any academic area
  • having zero tolerance to conscious and deliberate assistance in the violation of ordinances and regulations related to academic integrity
  • managing responsibly employees’ and students’ personal information 
  • being committed to upholding highest ethical standards in teaching/lecturing and teaching-related activities 
  • ensuring that students are offered a sufficient amount of office hours
  • respecting students’ dignity and work 
  • helping students to get familiarized with the principles of academic integrity and by encouraging them to embrace and enforce those principles in their own conduct
  • ensuring that the study programmes cover learning outcomes in the area of academic writing (ranging from giving guidelines for writing research papers and following referencing standards to more general issues of academic ethics)
  • fostering an educational, corrective approach to students who have been involved in plagiarism and the lack of appropriate source referencing
  • guaranteeing that examination dates and other deadlines are announced clearly and on time
  • expecting students to assume responsibility for obligations and duties that make part of their course requirements, as well as to respect given deadlines
  • being committed to the safety of students in the course of field work by avoiding situations that could place students’ lives at risk (all special/extracurricular activities are conducted with the students’ prior consent).