1. Purpose

Academic integrity is fundamental to all learning and teaching and is a key part of the professional ethos at the Institution. The purpose of the Academic Integrity Policy (“policy”) is to ensure that academic integrity standards are upheld by all students and staff in order to assure the integrity of courses and subjects and to promote an honest and ethical culture across the Institution’s community.

2. Scope

All students and staff at the Institution.

3. Definitions

See Glossary of Terms.

4. Policy statements

4.1 Academic integrity is fundamental to learning, teaching and research at the Institution, enabling students and staff to demonstrate their learning while acknowledging the work of others.

4.2 The Institution fosters a learning environment built on mutual respect and trust between academic staff and students.

4.3 Academic integrity includes:

  • taking responsibility for your own work;
  • acknowledging and referencing the work of others you have used in your work;
  • following instructions as specified in subject assessment documents when submitting tasks or research activities;
  • providing accurate and truthful information, for example medical certificates for special consideration or results of research projects;
  • keeping information confidential as appropriate; and
  • encouraging others to act with academic integrity.

4.4 The Institution is committed to a holistic approach to academic integrity, including policy, training and procedures for informing students and staff about processes for managing breaches.

4.5 The Institution adopts a developmental approach to academic integrity, recognising that students and staff need support and guidance to ensure that the highest standards of academic integrity are upheld.

4.6 Training will be provided for all students and staff on the meaning and importance of academic integrity.

4.7 The Institution provides practical tools and resources that enable students to self-assess their compliance with appropriate integrity standards prior to submitting assessment items.

4.8 The Institution will respond to academic misconduct in a transparent, consistent, fair and timely manner.

4.9 Academic staff design curriculum and assessment tasks that links academic integrity with the Institution’s Learning and Teaching Principles about professionalism, accountability and transparency.

4.10 Clear instructions and rubrics are expected for all assessment tasks to reduce confusion about academic integrity. Learning about academic integrity should occur in first year undergraduate subjects to build student confidence in what is required.

4.11 The Academic Integrity Procedures outlines three levels of academic misconduct as follows:

  • Level 1 (minor) – unintentional (e.g. inadequate referencing etc)
  • Level 2 (major) – intentional (e.g. where cheating suspected, etc)
  • Level 3 (major) – serious and deliberate infringements (e.g. contract cheating, etc)

The procedures further specify academic misconduct breaches and the possible penalties or outcomes.

4.12 Records of investigations and outcomes will be kept secure and confidential in accordance with the privacy policy and records management policy.

5. Roles and responsibilities

5.1 The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) monitors the effectiveness of the Academic Integrity Policy and oversees the development and administration of academic resources, training and support for students and academic staff.

5.2 Academic Board is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of academic integrity policies and processes and receiving an annual report on academic misconduct.

5.3 The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) is responsible for the appropriate management of academic misconduct and writing an annual report for Academic Board.

5.4 The Vice President (Quality Assurance and Accreditation) is responsible for monitoring all academic integrity matters in order to identify areas of risk and improve practices in teaching and learning.

5.5 Academic staff are responsible for identifying and reporting possible academic misconduct activity and educating students about scholarly practice and academic integrity. This includes:

  • completing the academic integrity module;
  • designing assessments to encourage honesty;
  • educating students about academic integrity;
  • promoting academic writing and referencing skills;
  • verifying the originality of student work;
  • checking the accuracy and appropriateness of references and citations; and
  • reporting suspected academic integrity breaches according to the procedures.

5.6 Subject Leads are responsible for designing learning and teaching practices that embed standards of academic and professional integrity.

5.7 Students are responsible for adopting an integrity-based approach to academic work and assessment. This includes:

  • completing the academic integrity module;
  • submitting their own work, sitting their own tests, and doing their own examinations;
  • acknowledging the work of other people that they have used in assessments and other tasks;
  • following instructions for all assessment tasks, including approved (by the institution) referencing conventions, accurate citation and submission procedures;
  • providing accurate and truthful documentation to the Institution; and
  • encouraging other students to act with academic integrity.

6. Related documents

Academic Integrity Procedures

Approved Academic Board 26 March 2021