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Why Academic Integrity Matters

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is an ideal that underpins the quality of every aspect of academic work. Its fundamental values are honesty, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. The University’s brand depends on the unimpeachable reputational quality of our staff, courses, graduates and quality systems to promote trust in outputs, outcomes, collaborations and engagements.

In practice, academic integrity is focussed on ensuring ethical and professional conduct in research and associated outputs, conduct of learning, and teaching and assessment. It is about having robust organisational systems and processes that capture accurate information to promote and enhance academic integrity. It is also about having fair process for investigation and the establishment of appropriate educational responses and sanctions for breaches of academic integrity.

How do we uphold Academic Integrity?

Through Education

All students will be taught the importance of academic integrity and will have access to a range of materials concerning academic integrity. Students undertaking research will be made aware of their obligations of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. All assessment will be accompanied by a student declaration and acknowledgement that their work meets the requirements of academic integrity.

Through Assessment Design

We will promote assessment design that ensures students clearly understand assessment requirements, are provided with useful feedback, and are given unambiguous avenues for assistance when needed. We will ensure that assessment instructions are precise, and clearly articulate the distinctions between group work, cooperation and collaboration.

Through Planning and Scheduling

We understand that planning and scheduling are essential to promoting academic integrity and that assessment preparation, marking and feedback are critical to time management for both staff and students. We commit to scheduling assessments across units to reduce time pressures that may encourage breaches of academic integrity.

Through Positive Student Relations

We will provide meaningful and constructive feedback and cultivate relationships based on learning help and support. This will help instructors identify gaps between a student’s academic ability in assessment and informal interactions, while also providing pathways for students at risk of breaching academic integrity to seek assistance.

Through Detection and Referral

We will use technology and staff expertise to identify and act on all potential breaches of academic integrity. Breaches occur when a student seeks to gain an academic advantage or advancement by engaging activities such as, but not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, collusion, fraud, misrepresentation and obstruction.

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