Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is ‘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’.

Academic integrity is a quality associated with high standards of scholarship and is a responsibility of both staff and students.

Academic Integrity Policy

Academic Integrity is a core value of the University of Adelaide. The University is committed to upholding the highest standard of Academic Integrity across its community. To this end, the University supports students and staff to develop Academic Integrity awareness and skills, and provides educative resources and tools that support best academic practice.

Academic Misconduct occurs when a member of the University community does not maintain the values and principles of Academic Integrity. The University considers Academic Misconduct unacceptable because it undermines the University’s core values, the quality of student learning, and graduate outcomes.

The Academic Integrity Policy supports Academic Integrity across all learning and teaching activities at the University, regardless of location or mode, by specifying the main principles of Academic Integrity, and the responsibilities of the University and its staff and students. It sets out the University’s approach to managing allegations of breaches of Academic Integrity and to continuously improving its Academic Integrity support and processes. 

To support the implementation of this policy the University has developed Guidelines for Academic Integrity Investigations.

The University is committed to assisting staff and students in maintaining high standards of academic integrity by implementing highly visible procedures associated with educational opportunities and detection. Staff can also assist by employing approaches to assessment that minimise the opportunities for academic misconduct.

Academic staff should provide examples of good practice in academic integrity by acknowledging appropriately the works, designs, ideas and words of others in their teaching and research. Providing appropriate examples of assessment work that display good practice in using citations, references and acknowledgements and providing opportunities for students to practise their use will assist in developing academic skills and in reducing the instances of plagiarism.