What is academic integrity?
Academic integrity at its core is about honesty and responsibility. It is fundamental to Curtin’s expectations of its community members. Curtin’s values align with Universities Australia (2017) definition: ‘Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility in learning, teaching and research’.
Why it matters
We expect every one of our community members to act with honesty and uphold Curtin values to support the academic and professional standing of the University. Curtin actively promotes academic integrity competence as a priority, and takes an educative approach to skill development for both students and staff. We provide academic integrity related policies, resources and support for community members to achieve this.
The Curtin University Council defines Statute No. 10 – Student Discipline and the associated misconduct rules (Academic Misconduct, General Misconduct, and Academic Record Fraud Rules) and the Management of academic integrity warnings for new to Curtin students procedure to follow in a situation where a student’s conduct breaches expected standards of behaviour.
Academic integrity means that a student’s work at Curtin should be completed by that student with integrity. Integrity is to act ethically, honestly and with fairness. We provide students with a range of resources that outline expected standards of behaviour and exemplars of appropriate behaviour.
Our teaching and learning practices support academic integrity within each discipline. Students are required to take the designated academic integrity unit (DAIU) in their first study period, which supports academic integrity competence and appropriate acknowledgement of skills required for the discipline. This complements information learned in the Academic integrity program (AIP), completed within two weeks of commencing a course. Higher degree by research students are required to complete disciplinary specific Research Integrity Training.
Curtin’s student charter and values guide expectations regarding student behaviour and responsibilities. As part of the student charter, students are expected to inform themselves of, and comply with, all relevant laws, statutes, rules and by-laws, the University’s values and ethical behaviours, and policies and procedures relating to their rights as a student. Students must recognise that cheating, plagiarism and fabrication or falsifications of data are not acceptable and must adhere to the proper use of copyright material.
If a student’s conduct breaches expectations, they may be provided with a warning or their action may be serious enough to warrant investigation of alleged misconduct.
Staff are expected to act as role models for students in learning, teaching and research. This means upholding Curtin values and acting with the principles of honesty and fairness. Staff are expected to promote, uphold, and embed academic integrity principles into the curriculum at all levels, as well as respond appropriately to breaches.
The University takes an educative approach to academic integrity. It provides an Academic Integrity Program (AIP) for both staff and students.
The student program includes an introduction to academic integrity, defines what it is, how to act with integrity while preparing for assignments, how to show academic integrity in their work, how to use and cite sources. It also covers common breaches of academic integrity, how to act with academic integrity when doing group work and ethical reuse of their own work.
The staff program has five modules that look at what academic integrity is, why it matters, how to promote a culture of academic integrity, including policies and processes to help. How to respond to breaches of academic integrity, the implications for teaching, learning and assessment, and assessment design choices and how they can affect academic integrity are also covered.
If a breach of expected standards of behaviour is suspected there is a defined process to follow. The complete process is articulated in Statute 10 – Student Discipline and the associated rules and the Management of academic integrity warnings for new to Curtin students procedure.
The flowchart for staff actions [.pdf 907 kB] and the Managing student conduct – Explanatory guide for staff [.pdf 6.37 MB] provide an overview of the process.
Staff, students or any member of the public can report a suspected integrity breach in the Dixon web form. Staff members who suspect on reasonable grounds that a student may be guilty of misconduct are required to report the matter.
The Curtin library provides resources and workshops on referencing, copyright, academic writing and study skills. Students managing an allegation of misconduct have access to the student wellbeing advisory service and student assist for support.
Staff are provided with resources that help:
- develop and embed academic integrity into the curriculum
- promote academic integrity competence in the classroom
- provide guidance on managing student conduct.
The managing student conduct page has resources to help you determine whether a breach should be classified as alleged misconduct or a warning for new to Curtin students. The reporting and investigating process are also explained.