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Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy

Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy

1. Introduction:

Beirut Arab University is committed to conducting its affairs with integrity, honesty, and transparency. As part of this commitment, BAU prohibits all forms of bribery and corruption and is dedicated to ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. This Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy outlines BAU's stand against bribery and corruption and states the principles and guidelines that govern the conduct of its employees, students, contractors, and representatives.

2. Scope:

This policy applies to all individuals associated with BAU, including but not limited to employees, students, contractors, agents, and representatives. It covers all BAU activities, both national and international, and extends to interactions with government officials, business partners, suppliers, and other stakeholders.

3. Definitions:

  • Bribery: The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of anything of value as a means to influence the actions or decisions of individuals in positions of authority for personal or organizational gain.
  • Corruption: The abuse of entrusted power for private gain, including but not limited to bribery, embezzlement, extortion, fraud, and collusion.
  • Facilitation Payments: Small payments or gifts made to expedite routine administrative processes or secure services to which one is entitled.
  • Gifts and Hospitality: Anything of value, including gifts, entertainment, and hospitality, offered or received in the course of business dealings.

4. Policy Statements:

  • BAU prohibits all forms of bribery, corruption, and facilitation payments in its operations and interactions.
  • BAU employees, students, contractors, and representatives are prohibited from offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting bribes or other improper advantages.
  • BAU does not tolerate the use of unjustifiable influence, coercion, intimidation or threats to obtain business or academic advantages.
  • BAU employees, students, contractors, and representatives must conduct all business dealings with honesty, fairness, and integrity.
  • BAU acknowledges that gifts and hospitality may be exchanged as part of legitimate business or academic practices, but such exchanges must be modest, appropriate, and comply with BAU's rules and regulations.
  • BAU prohibits any form of retaliation against individuals who report suspected bribery or corruption in good faith.

5. Responsibilities:

  • BAU Administration: BAU administration is responsible for establishing and promoting a culture of integrity, honesty, and transparency, and for ensuring compliance with this policy.
  • Employees and Students: All BAU employees and students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with this policy, adhering to its principles and guidelines, and reporting any suspected violations.
  • Contractors and Representatives: BAU contractors and representatives must adhere to the principles and guidelines set forth in this policy and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

6. Compliance and Reporting:

  • BAU provides appropriate training and resources to ensure that employees, students, contractors, and representatives understand their obligations under this policy.
  • Any individual who suspects or becomes aware of a potential violation of this policy must report it immediately to their supervisor or department head.
  • BAU investigates all reports of suspected violations promptly and fairly and takes appropriate corrective action in accordance with rules and regulations.

7. Enforcement:

Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or student status, legal action, and other appropriate remedies.

BAU reserves the right to terminate contracts or relationships with contractors or representatives found to be in violation of this policy.

8. Review and Revision:

This policy is reviewed periodically to ensure its effectiveness and relevance and may be revised as necessary to reflect changes in laws, regulations, and business practices.

Conclusion:

Beirut Arab University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, honesty, and transparency in all its activities. This Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy reflects BAU's dedication to preventing bribery and corruption and fostering a culture of ethical conduct among its employees, students, contractors, and representatives.

BAU Celebrates the International Anti-Corruption Day

https://www.bau.edu.lb/Public-Relations/Event/BAU-Celebrates-the-International-Anti-Corruption-Day

The Faculty of Law and Political Science at Beirut Arab University celebrated the “International Anti-Corruption Day” through a legal seminar entitled “The Legal and Practical Frameworks towards Combating Corruption”. The seminar was moderated by the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Dr. Mohamed Kassem, and was attended by Mr. Omar Zein, Secretary General of the Arab Lawyers’ Federation, Colonel Adel Machmouchi, Head of the Investigation and Inspection Unit of the Internal Security Forces, Mr. Noureddine Kabalan, representing the Head of the Lawyers’ Order, Dr. Omar Khayyat, Secretary General of the Arab Organization for Combating Corruption, Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi, President of BAU, Mr. Issam Houri, Secretary General, in addition to the deans of faculties, students, and a large crowd of the judiciary, the legal and the military corps.

The seminar cast light on the various forms and aspects of corruption prevailing in Arab societies, by reviewing the Lebanese, Egyptian and Jordanian experiences in management, education and the judiciary.

After the Lebanese National Anthem and the University Anthem were played, Prof. Mohamed Kassem opened the seminar with a speech in which he reiterated that the Faculty continues to tackle hot topics most important of which is corruption. He explained that the concept of corruption was mentioned in the holy books, and prevails in the world today. Prof. Kassem drew a comparison between corruption in the developed countries, where criteria of accountability are found, as opposed to corruption in the Arab World. He proceeded to review the Egyptian experience, and the problems that have faced the judiciary and the law since the issue of Omar Effendi until the time of ex-President Mohamed Hosny Moubarak.

The General Financial Prosecutor, Judge Dr. Ali Ibrahim spoke next, describing corruption as a general state of affairs, not limited to any one sector in society. He reviewed the various crimes committed under the title corruption, and called upon all administrations and ministries to purify themselves of the corrupt. Judge Ibrahim offered a number of examples from the Lebanese experience, pointing out the obstacles that hinder the General Prosecutor from performing their full powers. He attributed this to the reduction of permits for the prosecution of employees in the various administrations. He also spoke about purchase-contracts that stand in violation, cases of embezzlement as well as the latest measures undertaken by the Ministry of Public Health. He revealed that a number of monitoring physicians have been suspended who had signed blank documents, in addition to suspensions of people who facilitated the entry of goods in breach of regulations via Rafiq Hariri International Airport.

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Mosbah, Professor of Penal Law at the Faculty, maintained that corruption and terrorism are two sides of the same coin. He argued that current legislations are ineffective in combating the phenomenon, and reviewed the examples of bribery and the illegal seizure of public monetary as an aspect of corruption.

In turn, Dr. Abdallah Abdel Karim Abdallah, Professor of Civil Law at the University, spoke about the Jordanian experience. He drew attention to the latest procedures undertaken in this respect. He also stressed upon the importance of international cooperation to combat the phenomenon, such as the Lebanese-Tunisian cooperation concerning the smuggling of the wealth of ex-Tunisian President’s wife, Bin Ali.

A Seminar entitled “The Legal and the Practical Frames for Anti- Corruption”

https://www.bau.edu.lb/Public-Relations/Event/A-Seminar-entitled-The-Legal-and-the-Practical-Frames-for-Anti-Corruption

The Faculty of Law and Political Science at Beirut Arab University – and for the occasion of the International Day for Anti- Corruption- organized a seminar entitled “The Legal and Practical Frames for Anti- Corruption” on the 9th of December 2014, at Ali Rached Hall –Beirut Premises at 2:00 P.M.