Kadir Has University Academic Ethics Principles for Students

Academic integrity is a fundamental aspect of teaching and education at Kadir Has University. The University creates and maintains mechanisms and takes precautions in order to ensure and sustain the highest level of academic freedom and academic integrity throughout all its activities and with all its stakeholders. Kadir Has University follows a policy of zero tolerance towards breaches of academic integrity.

Plagiarism is defined as the copying of a work written/created by another person or borrowing an original idea belonging to someone else. However, academic plagiarism indicates a much bigger and more serious problem than the concepts of “copying” or “borrowing” signify.

Some types of academic plagiarism are as follows: 

Stealing somebody else’s sentences or ideas and presenting them as one’s own.
Using somebody else’s work within one’s own work without giving a reference.

Presenting an extant idea or text as if it were new or original.
Academic plagiarism is certainly not ethical behavior. Plagiarizing somebody else’s work is as unethical as stealing or lying. Each of the situations listed below are defined as academic plagiarism:


  • Presenting another person’s work as if it were one’s own work.
  • Copying the ideas of another person without citing the name of the person or the source.
  • Not providing the necessary citation indications where excerpts of others’ work is used.
  • Giving incorrect information about the source of the citation.
  • Paraphrasing the original text without citing the name of the person or the source.
  • If the amount of excerpts from a source exceeds 20% of a piece of work, an assignment, a project or a thesis then this is deemed to be academic plagiarism even if the source is cited.

Academic plagiarism can be prevented by citing the sources properly. You can access numerous sources explaining appropriate methods of citing and referencing a source at the Kadir Has University Information Center or on the internet; you can also visit our University’s Academic Writing Center to get further information and help.

Penalties to be imposed by Kadir Has University academic units in cases of a breach of Academic Ethics Principles:

Kadir Has University’s academic and administrative personnel carry out their duties in accordance with the framework of “Kadir Has University Academic Ethics Principles” prepared in accordance with the “Regulations Concerning Public Officials’ Ethical Conduct Principles and the Procedures and Rules to be Applied.”

The same principles of ethics are applicable for students too, as a precondition of teaching and education at the university, and students are required to comply with Kadir Has University Academic Ethics Principles in their exams, assignments, projects, theses and other academic work.

Students who behave contrary to these principles will be subject to official action within the framework of “The Council of Higher Education – Institutions of Higher Education Student Disciplinary Regulations.” Within this framework, if it is confirmed, following scrutiny and investigations by the disciplinary directorships and committees, that a student has breached academic ethics principles, penalties ranging from a “warning” to “being expelled from the institution of higher education” may be imposed.

Penalties related to this process are imposed without exception across all academic units of Kadir Has University and the offense is not followed merely for a single course or department/program but is followed comprehensively.