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Academic Integrity

Confucius statue from the Sandy Bay campus

At university you will encounter other people’s ideas and develop your own ideas. Academic integrity is about being honest in your work and recognising, through correct referencing, the ideas, research and words of other people.

UTAS takes academic integrity seriously, as set out in the University Statement on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity:

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else’s thoughts, writings or inventions and representing them as your own; for example, using an author’s words without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source, using an author’s ideas without proper acknowledgment and citation, copying another student’s work.

If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your assignments, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines, and the resources on the Academic Integrity website.

The intentional copying of someone else’s work as one’s own is a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from a fine or deduction/cancellation of marks and, in the most serious of cases, to exclusion from a unit, a course or the University. Details of penalties that can be imposed are available in Ordinance No 9 - Student Discipline – Part 3 Academic Misconduct available on the University Council website.

As a university student you will need to learn how to reference correctly to avoid plagiarism and demonstrate your understanding of other people’s ideas. Referencing is a skill that you will learn in your first semester of study. Lecturers will give you information about how to reference in their subject area. For more help with referencing, you can also access the Library referencing guidelines.