Standards: Quality Control and Assurances

Check and Balances are an integral part of the institution in order to ensure that quality, fairness and intelligent decisions are made in regard to student progress and institutional integrity. Our commitment is to provide an inexpensive, accredited, non-traditional program dedicated to make certain that student outcomes are equivalent to or greater in quality than traditional classroom instruction.

To ensure student integrity, the university uses a computer program that can tell if the student's written work is actually authored by them. Stylometric signature or signature wordprint is similar to a finger print, it is unique to each person. We use this to provide a 90% confidence level that each student's work is authentic and genuine. We also own a computer program that checks for Plagerism. All of this is part of our effort to provide assurance to the public that our academic degrees, courses, and students are worthy of the highest respect and regard.

A degree from Heritage International University is an honor and distinction worth having.

A. Institutional Check and Balances:

No important decisions can be made without both the President's and Senior Vice President's united approval. The President and Senior Vice President are subject to the University Trustee's.
The University is accountable to all the ethical and legal requirements of the accreditation association. (the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities (ASIC).
The University Code of Ethics includes the following important components:

     1. That we will as an institution strive for excellence and thus maintain the whole purpose of our existence
     2. That we will comply to all Federal and State laws, rules and regulations that are relevant
     3. Promote a culture of care where excellence, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff can thrive
     4. Fulfill all promised stated on the website and promotional materials
     5. Respect the dignity and equality of all individuals, races, genders, groups and cultures
     6. Operate with honesty, fairness, and equality in all our dealings, and
     7. Promote, encourage and assist all students, where possible, to be able to progress and achieve

B. Brief Policies affecting Students to ensure High Standards:

1. Student candidates fill out the Application and sign the Academic Integrity Commitment and provide three references (See "Application and Academic Integrity Form")
2. They briefly answer all the following in writing:

That you have a well-defined academic goals.
That you are well-suited and able to undertake advanced research.
That you have good general background knowledge of the field related to your work.
That you show evidence that the project is likely to yield sufficient results in the time available
That you are able to work independently as appropriate.
That your work to date is of a good standard and quality.
That you are able to express ideas clearly, in English, both in writing and orally.
That there is the potential for your work to make a significant and substantial contribution to your field of study.
That your ideas and plans for future work are clear and realistic.
That you can defend your completed and future work.
That you have engaged well with both academic training and professional development. And show what further activities you expect to engage with.
You should have a critical understanding of relevant literature
That your work when completed will make a ‘significant and substantial contribution’ to your field of study.
That you have to date undertaken advanced academic research.
That you have sufficient background and in depth knowledge of the field related to your work.
That you are likely to submit a satisfactory thesis or master's project within the years allotted to you.
That your work to date is of a good standard and quality.
That you are able to express ideas clearly, in English, both in writing and orally.
That your ideas and plans are realistic, practical and doable.
That you have ready access to a computer, email, telephone and fax.

The above brief assignment may be waived for an individual well-known to one of the officers of the University who can vouch for the student’s ability and experiences.

3. If accepted, students provide a willing expert in their approved field, who will voluntarily, without pay, serve on their graduation committee to review progress and ensure University standards and academic quality are upheld.
4. The Chief Academic Officer, or chairman of the Graduation Committee, will act as a mentor for the student to create an effective, practical, general plan for graduation along with feedback from the voluntary student provided expert to ensure the student's flexible program decisions make sense, are practical and will challenge the student toward personal and professional growth for a successful worthwhile educational outcome. The full Graduation Committee, then, must approve of the program, before the student begins his academic work.
5. The Mentor Instructor or Professor for each course will help the student create a syllabus for the course that reflects the appropriate work level for the student depending on the student's program. The complete syllabus will be sent to the Chief Academic Officer for approval. At this point, the student may commence working on the approved course or project.
6. When the student completes a course, the Syllabus/Progress Report and all the student work and grades are submitted to the Chief Academic Officer to ensure the course was completed on a an appropriate scholastic level, that all University policies were followed and to make a permanent student record for the course.
7. The graduation committee will review all the Student Syllabus/Progress Reports and Instructor Feedback for each completed course three times during the student's program: (1) when the student has completed 1/3rd of his program, when the student is 2/3rds of the way through his or her degree program, and when all the graduation requirements have been completed, and the student has satisfied the committee that he or she is ready to graduate. The Graduation Committee is the final authority on graduation.

B. General Ethical Standards expected for Students to Continue their Studies and Graduate:

All students enrolled must:

   Act with integrity, honor and decency respecting the rights of all others
   Respect the reputation and good name of the University, its faculty, students, and staff
   Respect Heritage International University intellectual proprietary rights and material property
   Abide by University rules and all University policies relevant to their individual situations
   Respect for the open exchange of ideas and other's opinions
   Address any grievances that may arise in a professional, constructive, and positive manner

Any problem involving one of the following may make disciplinary action necessary:

    A. Alcohol and/or illegal Drug Use or Abuse
    B. Plagiarism
    C. Any Dishonesty or Wrongful Practices
    D. Disruptive or Obstructive conduct
    E. Violation of Federal, State or local laws
    F. Harassment or Intimidation
    G. Bullying
    H. Stalking
    I. Endangering the Health and Safety of Self or Others
    K. Invasion of Privacy
    L. Misuse of University Resources or Property
    M. Sexual Misconduct or Harassment
    N. Unauthorized use of the university’s name for promotion or business interests
    O. Criminal Behavior
    P. Other serious unethical or immoral behavior not mentioned above

C. General Ethical Standards for Mentoring Instructors and Professors:
(See "Faculty Handbook")

Responsibilities to Teaching and Students:

Ethical Standards:

    To encourage the free pursuit of learning in students.
    To hold before students the best scholarly standards of the disciplines.
    To demonstrate respect for students as individuals, and to adhere to one’s proper role as intellectual guide and counselor.
    To make every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct and to assure that evaluation of students reflects their true merits.
    To avoid any exploitation of students for private advantage and acknowledge significant assistance from them.
    To protect student academic freedom.

Types of Unacceptable Conduct

Failure to meet the responsibilities of instruction, including:

   Arbitrary denial of access to instruction and/or instructional materials.
   Significant intrusion of material unrelated to the course.
   Significant evidence of a pattern of failing to adhere, without legitimate reason, to the rules of the faculty in the conduct of courses.
   Evaluation of student work by criteria not directly reflective of course performance
   Undue and unexcused delay in evaluating student work.
   Discrimination against a student on political grounds, or for reasons of race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, Vietnam era veteran status, recently separated       veteran status, other protected veteran status, or for other arbitrary or personal reasons.
   Use of the position of power to coerce the judgment or conscience of a student or to cause harm to a student or other faculty member for arbitrary or personal reasons.
   Participating in or deliberately abetting disruption, interference, or intimidation, or to other University instructors, administration or students.
   Harassment or abuse.
   Breach of the privacy rights of students, “Release of Student Information” and
   Unauthorized or inappropriate use of self-authored instructional materials per “Royalties from Instructional Materials.”

Responsibilities to Research, Scholarship, and/or Creative Activities:

Ethical Standards:

   To recognize the special responsibility for the advancement of knowledge.
   To seek the truth and to state the truth as one sees it.
   To improve scholarly competence.
   To exercise critical self-discipline and judgment in using, extending, and transmitting knowledge.
   To practice intellectual honesty.
   To prevent intrusion of subsidiary interests in the freedom of inquiry.

Types of Unacceptable Conduct:

    Violation of canons of intellectual honesty, such as misappropriation of the writings, research, and findings of others.
    Engaging in activities where “conflict of interest” may influence the evaluation of, funding for, or general promotion of research proposals or research results.
    Harassment or abuse of any kind.

Responsibilities to the University:

Ethical Standards:

  To be effective in teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activities, and service.
   To adhere to university policies and regulations.
   To give due notice to the university of pending interruption or termination of service.
   To alert appropriate university offices about alarming, threatening or violent behavior of colleagues and students.

Types of Unacceptable Conduct:

   Intentional disruption of university-sponsored or authorized functions or activities.
   Incitement of others to disobey university rules.
   Unauthorized use of university resources or facilities.
   Forcible detention, physical abuse or threat thereof, harassment, or intimidation of any other member of the university.
   Harassment or abuse of any kind.

Responsibilities to Colleagues:

Ethical Standards:

   To respect and defend free inquiry by associates, where in compliance with university regulations.
   To show professional courtesy and respect for others in exchange of criticism.
   To strive to be objective during the professional judgment of colleagues.
   To accept a fair share of the responsibilities for the governance of the university.
   To actively assist in the professional development of colleagues.

Types of Unacceptable Conduct:

   Evaluating the professional competence of faculty members by criteria not reflective of professional performance.
   Discriminating against faculty on political grounds, or for reasons of race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, Vietnam era status, recently separated veteran status, other protected veteran status, or for other arbitrary or personal reasons.
   Breaching established rules governing confidentiality in personnel procedures.
   Interfering with the academic freedom of faculty members operating within an academic unit or university policy.
   Knowingly violating any academic unit or university policy.
   Using the creative achievements of colleagues without appropriate consultation and credit.
   Harassment or abuse of any kind.

Responsibilities to the Community:

Ethical Standards:

  To strive to conduct oneself as a responsible, productive member of the community, aware of and sensitive to the responsibilities and obligations   placed on all citizens by a free society.
   To make it clear in public statements that one’s personal opinions are one’s own and not those of the university.
   To conduct one’s public and private lives so as to avoid bringing dishonor to oneself and the university.

Types of Unacceptable Conduct:

   Deliberately misrepresenting personal views as an official position of the university or its agencies.
   Using the university’s name or logo to create the impression of university sanction for private activity.
   Committing a felony or other serious act that demonstrates unfitness to continue as a member of the faculty.

All who work for the University are expected to be ethically uncompromising in building an educational institution of the highest caliber for students, teachers, administrators, staff and the community in general.

Summary:

Protecting the integrity and future of the University requires commitment. To ensure such, there are institutional, academic, and faculty checks and balances, and the ethical requirements of the Accrediting Association. All of these combined make this university a worthy investment as a leading institution.

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