Dr. James Harrigan, the Academic Dean of Students and the Head of Students Affairs department, punishes 48 AUIS students because of 'academic dishonesty' and the students say that they are innocent.
The 48 students accused of plagiarism plan to boycott classes if they didn't get a satisfactory answer, says one students.
Dr. Harrigan, the Dean of Students and the Head of Students Affairs department, wrote a letter to these students stating the following:
Dear (The name of the student)
Your professor, (the name of the professor) , has reported an instance of academic in your (the name of the class), which is your second such offense. According to AUI-S policy, a second offense results in the failure of the course in question. A third will result in expulsion from the university.
You have the right to appeal this decision. In order to do this you must submit a letter in writing to me, explaining the offense and why it is contested within seven days of my sending this notice to you. You will then receive a written response to your appeal within three days. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for the details of this policy.Sincerely,James R. HarriganDean of Students
Shvan Taha, one of the punished 48 students, says that he is innocent and he has not been aware of having any other plaigarism cases.
"I didn't know that I have had any plaigarism cases before until I got the e-mail," he said.
According to the Academic Catalogue of AUIS, a student should be informed before punishing him/her for plaigairsm.
" Professor/Instructor explains violation of AUI-S plagiarism policy to student and why they received the corresponding grade," states the AUIS Academic Catalogue,
Many of the 48 students claim that they had not been informed before of any other plagiarism cases by their instructor or Dr. James Harrigan.
Hawta Ramadan, another punished student, shows his surprise for being punished for plagiarism.
"I am not a student who needs to cheat in order to get a good grade. I explained the topic for 1 hour and 45 minutes to my friends. And then I am punished for plagiarizing on a quiz," he said.
Hawta also says that he has written an appeal to Dr. Harrigan has replied with one sentence:
"Your appeal is denied."
The students accuse Dr. James Harrigan of violating the Academic Catalogue of AUIS.
"Dr. James knows that many of the students are innocent. But the wants to punish this large number of students just to teach a lesson to all the other students," said one students who preferred to remain anonymous.
The students are planning to protest the decision made.
"We may boycott classes because many of us are innocent and we are not guilty in any way," said one of the students.