What is academic integrity?
As a QUT student you are expected to demonstrate academic integrity by being honest, respectful, fair, trustworthy and responsible when undertaking academic activities like completing assessments.
Activities that do not demonstrate academic integrity include:
- representing other people’s work as your own (plagiarism)
- representing other people’s ideas as your own (failing to cite sources)
- falsifying data
- working closely with other people on an assignment that should be your individual work
- bringing unauthorised material into exams.
Why is academic integrity important?
Academic integrity is vital to maintaining high academic standards and protecting the value of your QUT qualifications.
Maintaining academic integrity helps us to ensure that all students can be assessed fairly and consistently, and that you can get as much as possible out of your learning at QUT. We want to make sure that you achieve the learning objectives for each unit, and we can only do that if you present your work honestly.
As a professional, you will be expected to be ethical and demonstrate integrity. Respecting other people’s intellectual property is an important part of professional ethics.
How do I demonstrate academic integrity?
Make sure you understand QUT’s rules about academic integrity, and how to quote and reference source material appropriately in your assignments for the Master of Information Science.
- QUT Library guide to academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism
- Academic integrity policy
- Referencing and attribution page for this unit.
If you don’t understand anything in the guide or policy, or have questions about your work on a specific assessment item, ask your lecturer, tutor or project supervisor.
When you submit your assignments at QUT (print or electronic), you sign a statement to confirm that you are aware of QUT’s policies about academic integrity and that the work you are submitting genuinely represents your individual effort and does not contain plagiarised materials.
What happens if I don’t demonstrate academic integrity?
If you breach the principles of academic integrity, it will be interpreted as academic dishonesty and you may be penalised. The penalty may affect your grades, enrolment or employability.