This page provides teaching staff with advice on what they can do to enhance academic integrity in the classroom, what their responsibilities are, and provides links to both internal and external resources on the topic.
The definition of academic integrity as it relates to staff and students
How to establish an academic integrity culture and take action on violations
How staff and students share responsibility in establishing academic integrity
Academic Integrity in DSC
Academic Integrity in DSC: Culture and Compliance
Academic integrity is defined as: ‘a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. From these values flow principles of behaviour that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action’ (International Centre for Academic Integrity, 2014).
Or as the 19th century author, poet, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau put it: ‘Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.’
Academic Integrity Breaches
Responding to Suspected Breaches of Academic Integrity
All staff involved in assessing student work (including sessionals) are responsible for detecting and reporting any suspected breaches of academic integrity. Staff need to be consistent in their approach to managing either suspected or substantiated breaches.
Refer to this Senior Officer Response chart and the University Staff AI module for guidelines on responding to academic integrity breaches. Work with your program and/or course teaching team to ensure you are all familiar with what to do when there is a suspected breach. TEQSA have also developed this extensive guide for investigating suspected contract cheating as well as tips for interviewing students about a suspected case.
What Can I Do?
- Use your academic judgement when you suspect a breach
- If applicable, use Turnitin to check a suspected breach (text only). For images, you can use Google Imageor Yandex
- Be firm but fair when you discuss suspected misconduct/plagiarism with students
- Communicate privately with the student. The rest of the class doesn’t need to know!
- Consider why the student chose not to act with academic integrity and how to avoid it in the future
- Provide advice and information to the student about why they have been found in breach
- Ensure they feel more confident to act with integrity with their next assessment
- Consider the severity of the breach and the student’s level of understanding and skill in your response
- The process for managing suspected academic integrity breaches is outlined in the Assessment and assessment flexibility policy and Assessment processes and the Student conduct policy. When a serious violation is suspected, a senior academic, such as a Dean or Associate Dean, should be part of the consultation process.
Academic Integrity in the Curriculum
Scaffolding Academic Integrity in the Curriculum
You can work with your program colleagues to scaffold the development of academic integrity across the program and curriculum. Foundational skills need to be imparted and practised in the first year of study and continually developed into higher year levels.
You can support students’ growth in AI by using authentic assessment designs, mapping AI progression through the curriculum, supporting the development of key academic skills and setting consistent expectations for academic integrity in courses and assessment.
Visit our page on Authentic Assessment for more information, resources and tips.
What Can I Do?
Intro to Assessment Task 1
For ideas, visit:
Help your students with referencing :
Week 4 Just prior to due date
Remind students to:
Use this opportunity to reinforce academic integrity values to the whole class and to individual students.