Teaching Matters 2020 | Presentation Details | 1 December 20201 Dec 2020
Academic Integrity @ UTAS: Going to the next level
- Joel Scanlan, Student Retention and Success, Academic Division*
- Angela Boyes, Curriculum and Quality, Academic Division*
- Simon Davidson, Curriculum and Quality, Academic Division
- Jane Skalicky, Student Retention and Success, Academic Division
Academic integrity is defined as “a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. From these values flow principles of behaviour that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action” (Fishman, 2014). As such, it is central to the values UTAS seeks to promote among its students and staff; and is a key enabler of the preservation of the reputation and integrity of the degrees and diplomas awarded to graduates.
This year, two initiatives were implemented across the University: compulsory academic integrity training for all commencing students; and a new unified approach to overseeing the investigation and prosecution of alleged breaches committed by students.
These initiatives have raised the awareness of academic integrity at all levels of the University. To date, in excess of 20,000 students have completed the academic integrity module. The unified approach to investigating breaches has resulted in more investment and consistency across all Colleges and Schools; with the aim of ensuring fair, transparent, and equal treatment of all students under the Student Academic Integrity Ordinance.
Our progress this year has been dependent on the strengthening of connections between central units and Schools and Colleges, student advocates and, of course, students themselves.
This presentation will outline this progress; exploring the data and its implications for students; highlighting key successes and challenges; and introducing future directions planned for 2021.
Fishman, T. (Ed.) (2014). The fundamental values of academic integrity. (2nd ed.) International Center for Academic Integrity, Clemson University.