All students entering AUAF are required to sign the Honor Pledge:


Honor Pledge

On my honor, I will uphold the values of the American University of Afghanistan: Respect, Civility, Ethics, Morality and Integrity



Valuing the concepts of ethics, academic integrity and independent effort, AUAF expects from its students the highest standards of academic conduct. The University community asserts that the reputation of the institution depends on the integrity of both faculty and students in their academic pursuits and that it is their joint responsibility to promote an atmosphere of such standards.


Universities around the world use the following guidelines to define academic dishonesty. 

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Cheating: using unauthorized notes, aids, or information on an examination; altering a graded work prior to its return to a faculty member; allowing another person to do one’s own work and submitting it for grading.
  2. Plagiarism: submitting material that in part or whole is not one’s own work; submitting one’s own work without properly attributing the correct sources of its content.
  3. Fabrication: inventing or falsifying information, data, or citation; presenting data gathered outside of acceptable professorial guidelines; failing to provide an accurate account of how information, data or citations were gathered; altering documents affecting academic records; forging signatures or authorizing false information on an official academic document, grade, letter, form, ID card, or any other university document; submitting false excuses for absence, delay or illness.
  4. Multiple Submissions: submitting identical papers or coursework for credit in more than one course without prior permission of the instructor.
  5. Obtaining or Attempting to Obtain Unfair Advantage.
  6. Gaining or providing access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by an instructor.
  7. Stealing, defacing, or destroying library or research materials which can deprive others of their use.
  8. Unauthorized collaboration on an academic assignment.
  9. Retaining, possessing, or circulating previously used examination materials without the instructor’s permission.
  10. Obstructing or interfering with another student’s academic work.
  11. Engaging in any activity designed to obtain an unfair advantage over another student in the same course.
  12. Offering bribes to staff or any university employee to effect a grade change, or gain an unfair advantage over other students.
  13. Unauthorized Access: viewing or altering in any way computer records, modifying computer programs or systems, releasing or distributing information via unauthorized access, or in any way interfering with the use or availability of computer systems/information.
  14. Aiding and Abetting: providing material, information, or other assistance which violates the above; providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic integrity.
  15. Impersonation: impersonating or allowing to be impersonated by another individual during classes, examination or other university activities.
  16. Threatening harm: threatening, affecting, or encouraging bodily, professional or financial harm to any faculty, staff, administrator or student.
  17. Misconduct: behaving in a manner that violates or adversely affects the rights of other members of the community (disrupting meetings or activities, unruly behaviour, etc).
  18. Plus any additional policies located below in the MBA policies.


Academic integrity violations can be reported by faculty or administrators.

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