Academic Integrity - Why it is important to you

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Academic Integrity - Why it is important to you

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Monday 11 July 2016

While studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast, it is important that you:

  1. understand academic integrity and why it is important,
  2. learn about academic misconduct and its consequences,
  3. learn about different forms of academic fraud,
  4. avoid committing academic fraud or misconduct.

The University has updated its Student Academic Integrity – Governing Policy and Student Academic Misconduct – Procedures. It is important to become familiar with what Academic Integrity is and what it means for you. As a student you have responsibilities and understanding these will help you to succeed in your studies:

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation and honest presentation of your work. It involves more than being honest and not cheating. Academic Integrity also includes acknowledging the work of others while developing your own insights, knowledge and ideas.

Why is Academic Integrity important to me?

USC expects all students to act honestly and take responsibility for their own work. Refer to the USC Student Charter to learn more.

This means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud. Academic fraud includes plagiarism, collusion and cheating. It may be intentional or accidental, but it can have serious consequences.

You are expected to be honest and ethical by indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading in your assignments.

Visit Academic Integrity in Blackboard to check your understanding of academic integrity, cheating, plagiarism and collusion.

Resources and workshops to avoid Academic Fraud

Pre-semester: There are a number of academic skills workshops, including referencing basics and critical thinking and writing, that start during Orientation to get you started on the basics. View the timetable.

During semester: From week 1 there are study essentials workshops that focus on referencing, avoiding plagiarism and quoting, summarising, paraphrasing. Develop your knowledge about these topics so you can avoid academic misconduct. View the timetable and how to book.

Online resources: The Academic Integrity information in Blackboard provides information on cheating, plagiarism and collusion and a quiz where you can check your understanding of Academic Integrity.

The Libray LibGuides also provide online tutorials about:

Need some help?

Make an appointment to speak to an Academic Skills Adviser, or attend a drop-in session to make sure you're on the right track.

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