Integrity – it’s just academic
Academic integrity is the accepted moral and ethical code of academia. This code includes standards such as evading cheating because you maintained an agreed series of standards; honesty and care in research and academic publishing (like when you submit your assessments).
As an enrolled USQ student you have already agreed you understand and must meet their Academic Standards. These standards are highlighted in the USQ Academic Integrity Policy. A loose interpretation of the policy states that you agree you will behave within the values of USQ integrity and honesty in your academic assessments. If you submit work that is not all of your own, then USQ considers that you may have misrepresented your academic knowledge – and they will follow you up on that.
If USQ staff find any circumstances in your assessment that your work may not be all of your own thoughts and ideas, they will send you a notice. This notice means an investigation and states there is an allegation of Academic Misconduct and they want to hear from you! Luckily for you the Advocacy Officers are great at their job and know exactly how to help.
The pursuit of your scholarly activities are expected to be open, fair, honest, respectful and managed in a responsible manner. For you that means trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning. Academic Integrity includes a commitment by you that you will not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. USQ’s Academic Integrity Definition overview states that such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.
USQ takes Academic Integrity very seriously – they have a procedure to manage it as well as a penalty schedule should you be expected to have deliberately or, usually the most often reason, accidently forgot to check your referencing, your citations, your paraphrasing, your research and “ I meant to go back to it but forgot to” copy and pastes.
We urge you to think about your assessments because you’re on this study path for a reason… and that reason is to learn, know and grow towards your goals.
Until next time…