Academic Integrity


All DKU programs are closely connected with Duke University through faculty and the fact that DKU programs offer Duke University credits and Duke University degrees. For this reason, the academic values of faculty and students at DKU and the policies and procedures that govern faculty and student conduct are based on and integrated with those of Duke University. 


In matters of employment, admission, campus life and academics, DKU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, or age. 

Academic Code of Conduct

All DKU students are responsible for adhering to the DKU Community Standard that states: Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is a community comprised of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We are dedicated to scholarship, leadership, and service and to the principles of honesty, fairness, respect, and accountability. Members of this community commit to reflecting upon and upholding these principles in all academic and non-academic endeavors and to protecting and promoting a culture of integrity and trust. To uphold the DKU Community Standard

  • I will hold myself to the highest standards for honesty, integrity, fairness, and responsibility in my academic and non-academic endeavors
  • I will respect other cultures and embrace all forms of diversity
  • I will uphold the standards if they are compromised. 

Upholding Academic Integrity and Community Standards

Each student admitted to DKU is required to sign the Community Standard before classes begin. The DKU Community Standard (DCS) stresses the commitment that students share with all members of the community to enhance the climate for honesty, fairness, respect, and accountability at DKU. Students affirm their commitment to foster this climate by signing a pledge that includes taking constructive action if they witness or know about behavior they perceive to be inconsistent with the DCS, which may include violation of university policies. Although there are no disciplinary sanctions associated with the failure to act, students are nonetheless expected to take appropriate action as a responsibility of membership in the DKU Community. The university recognizes that it is not always easy to act in these situations, but several alternatives are available to suit a student’s level of comfort and confidence. 

These alternatives are not mutually exclusive, such as: 

  • For incidents involving social behaviors, alerting residence hall, Student Affairs, or other university staff. The information provided will give staff an opportunity to address the matter informally or through appropriate formal channels.
  • For cases involving academic integrity, alerting the instructor that cheating may be occurring in the course. This alert can be in any form, including anonymous notification, and the reporting student will not be identified. The information provided will allow the faculty member to consider corrective measures, in consultation with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Directly alerting the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, who will confer with the faculty member involved, if an academic issue, or with other parties as appropriate to the situation, to strategize the best next steps. Maintaining the confidentiality of the source is possible, but may limit the extent of action that can be taken.

Academic Integrity

All DKU students are responsible for adhering to the Duke Kunshan University (DKU) Community Standard as set forth in the DKU Student Handbook and the DKU Undergraduate Programs Bulletin. Students are responsible for maintaining high standards of academic honesty and personal integrity in all matters, including reporting the results of their studies and research, completing assignments, and taking quizzes, tests, and examinations. When confronted with a possible violation of academic integrity, it is important that faculty members deal fairly and consistently with students. 

The University’s disciplinary process is independent of, and in addition to, an instructor’s decision on how to grade academically dishonest work. Instructors are expected to communicate with students their policy regarding grading of an academically dishonest assignment (e.g., zero on the assignment, reduced/failing grade for the course, or other approach). An instructor may only implement this penalty if the student has accepted responsibility for academic dishonesty (by accepting the penalty) or has been found responsible for such through the proceedings of the Undergraduate Academic Review Board (UARB).

Any case reviewed by the UARB shall be kept strictly confidential and only those parties involved in investigating and resolving the case should know the details of the case and its resolution.

Violations of academic integrity that occur while the student is residing at Duke University or other institution (for example, during a study-abroad program) will be handled by the host institution according to the host institution’s policies, although DKU reserves the option to investigate the case and impose additional penalties if such action is deemed warranted.