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ISB is a large environment of communication where students work with their friends, lecturers, staff, and other visitors. The School expects students to conduct themselves confidently, honestly, and respectfully in all situations, whether in spoken communication or written statements.

Any behaviours inconsistent with the Code of Conduct Policy will be under Misconduct Policy and face disciplinary punishment from the Disciplinary Committee.

Conduct towards Relations

Students at ISB should feel safe and comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions without the threat of harassment or intimidation. The principle of “Freedom of Expression” will be observed by all ISB students and community members. Students are encouraged to engage with others in thoughtful and meaningful dialogues while refraining from acting or using language with malicious intent.

Conduct towards Relations includes, but is not limited to:

a. Behave in a kind, friendly, polite, and appropriate manner in accordance with Vietnamese tradition/culture; 
b. Be available to support newcomers and disabled people; 
c. Respect all lecturers, administrators, staff, fellow students, and any visitors to the ISB campuses; 
d. Behave respectfully when representing ISB or any part of the School, including clubs and sports teams, at off-campus events; 
e. Respect and learn how to conduct with differences in culture; 
f. Be civilised in emails and appeals;  
g. Avoid discrimination, harassment, vilification, and victimisation; 
h. Avoid intimidation and bullying.

Conduct towards University Policies

Students are expected to:

a. Familiarise yourself and comply with the ISB Policies; 
b. Avoid violating disciplines due to lack of awareness or misunderstanding of the University Policies; 
c. Follow all rules in functional departments such as Library and IT lab; 
d. Absolutely not produce, store, or use alcohol and drugs in the School;  
e. Absolutely not bring or use illegal substances and dangerous chemicals which can cause injury and explosion in the School, for example, petroleum, gasoline, and acids; 
f. Absolutely not bring or use dangerous tools or weapons in the School;  
g. Absolutely avoid adverse behaviours which seriously influence community security such as underlying conflict, acrimonious argument, and fighting.

Conduct towards Academic Honesty

Students should maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Specifically, you are expected to:

a. Be responsible to read, comprehend, and implement unit requirements which are transparently written in the Unit Guide (including, but not limited to threshold requirements, plagiarism, schedule of activities, and assessment details);
b. Be responsible for their progression in the School and seek advice promptly to improve performance;
c. Be updated to the School’s information via websites, notice boards, social media, and ISB staff;
d. Perceive that effective learning is based on knowledge sharing. Selfishness is not welcome because this can limit their knowledge absorption and lead to one-sided thinking;
e. Perceive that the satisfied learning outcome results from the harmonious interaction between learners and facilitators;
f. Perceive that self-directed-learning under facilitation from lecturers plays an important role in effective study;
g. Be honest in all academic work including assignments, exams, and research;
h. Absolutely avoid plagiarism violations and cheating in exams;
i. Not use gadgets such as mobile phones, cameras, iPod… in class except for permission and emergency circumstances.

If you are unclear about what might constitute academic dishonesty, you are encouraged to consult your lecturers or Student Advisor. You should be aware that ignorance is not an acceptable defence for academic dishonesty.

Conduct towards Extracurricular Activities

ISB recognizes the importance of training skills in education besides studying. Therefore, the School designs a wide range of activities to help you improve your skills and graduate attributes via these useful activities.

You should understand that joining ISB’s activities offers you valuable experience and makes your student life colourful. You are expected to participate in all activities positively, enthusiastically, and constructively.

Conduct towards University View and Property

You are expected to be responsible for the School’s views and properties. Graffiti and defacement of the School’s properties are unacceptable and violations of ISB Rules and Regulations. You will need to compensate for the costs of the damages caused by your behaviour. You are required to:

a. Keep the ISB’s environment pure and tidy; 
b. Protect the School’s properties against damage and loss; 
c. Not write on tables, chairs, walls, and other properties; 
d. Not waste electricity, water or other resources; 
e. Promptly report to ISB any damage, loss, or violation.


ISB is a large educational environment where you experience your study and Extracurricular activities. For a healthy educational environment, the School expects all students to avoid committing misconduct behaviours including General Misconduct, Academic Dishonesty, and Misconduct in Extracurricular Activities. Any violation of the Misconduct Policy will lead to disciplinary punishment, even suspension and termination.

General Misconduct

General Misconduct behaviours include, but are not limited to: 

a. Be late for school, internship; 
b. Be absent without permission; 
c. Make noise, do personal work in class; 
d. Disrespect lecturers and staff; 
e. Consume alcohol, smoke or gamble on campus; 
f. Store, distribute, access, use depraved products or participate in superstitious activities, illegal religious activities; 
g. Traffic, distribute, store, abuse or induce others to use drugs; 
h. Store and traffic weapons, explosives, illegal substances and prohibited goods prescribed by the law; 
i. Invite bad elements to campuses who adversely harm security and order in the School; 
j. Steal property; store or sell stolen assets; 
k. Organise or participate in fighting which causes injury; 
l. Incite or induce others to protest, write pamphlets or illegal posters. 

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty includes lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarising, and using unauthorised materials on any assignment, quiz, or exam.
– The act of lying is to intentionally provide false information or a false statement. Lying, in both academic and non-academic activities, is impermissible.
– Cheating is acting dishonestly in order to gain an unfair advantage. Cheating in assessment tasks includes, but is not limited to:

a. Give or receive unauthorised aid on any assignment, quiz, or exam; 
b. Communicate in an exam, or other tests, with other candidates; 
c. Bring into the exam room unauthorised materials or devices; 
d. Use an electronic device (including mobile phones) without permission; 
e. Write or advise impermissibly for an exam answer; 
f. Attempt to read or copy other students’ exam answers; 
g. Use the same materials from work previously submitted for another course without permission;  
h. Impersonate another student, or arrange for anyone to impersonate a student, in an exam or other assessment tasks.

– Plagiarism is when a student uses ideas or words from another author or source and represents them as his or her own. This is considered cheating and is considered as a very serious Academic Misconduct at ISB. Students caught plagiarising on an assignment will receive a score of zero for that assignment and may face additional repercussions for Academic Misconduct. Students are required to always properly cite the original sources of the materials used in his or her work.
– Stealing is the act of taking without permission and without intention to return. The prohibition of stealing includes property of any nature as well as academic work.

Misconduct in Extracurricular Activities

Misconduct in Extracurricular Activities includes behaviours that harm organising activities, but is not limited to:

– Propagate inconsistently to the activity’s contents and objectives;
– Withdraw from a competition/activity after successful registration without any relevant reason;
– Cheat in competitions, contests or festivals;
– Not participate in group activities despite being a member of a club/team;
– Have other adverse behaviours.