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'.1
Academic integrity is a quality associated with high standards of scholarship and is a responsibility of both staff and students.
News and Events
Find guidance and resources on the new AI and Learning webpage.
Training Sessions & Resources
Register for our 1-hour ADEPT online workshops, available to all staff:
- Check for Integrity, 9 June 12-1pm. If you are responsible for marking, this session will prepare you to detect the signs and signals that may indicate breaches of the academic integrity policy. It will include both document and technical indicators for a number of types of cheating. Academic Integrity Officers will share learnings from their experience.
- The TEQSA Contract Cheating Masterclass is an online course (with optional in-person component) and will strengthen your knowledge of academic integrity issues and develop your skills to prevent and investigate instances of contract cheating (where students outsource their cheating to a third party).
New TEQSA Checklist: Top 10 Tips for Academic Integrity
TEQSA has launched an infographic with top tips to support integrity: share with your colleagues!
New TEQSA Guide: Academic Integrity in the Creative Arts
TEQSA has released a new guide exploring academic integrity in performance or creative subjects, including advice on assessment design and detecting academic misconduct. Read more here.
TEQSA Contract Cheating Alerts
TEQSA have issued two sector alerts regarding contract cheating services being advertised to students on campuses, and social media promotions offering students the chance to win up to $10,000 in exchange for uploading course materials or assignments to file-sharing websites.
The promotion or sale of academic cheating services is illegal in Australia. Students need our help to identify these services, which often style themselves as legitimate tutoring or “assignment help” services, and even as University-approved academic support.
- Share this informational poster and this short video with your colleagues and students
- Take some time in your lectures or workshops to discuss contract cheating and academic integrity
- Direct students to the University’s Academic Integrity website, which offers explanations of our policy, upskilling modules and case studies, and further information about contract cheating.
About the Academic Integrity Policy
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.
A snapshot of the Academic Integrity Policy.
The snapshot explains the principles underpinning academic integrity at the University of Adelaide and the responsibility students have to act in accordance with these principles and avoid all acts which could be considered academic misconduct.
Guidelines for Academic Integrity investigations
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.
Academic Integrity Policy flowchart
This document describes the key features of the Academic Integrity Policy and the responsibilities of staff in upholding and maintaining academic integrity. It outlines the role of Academic Integrity Officers and the process for investigating suspected breaches of academic integrity.
Academic Integrity Policy information sessions
A video recording and session slides from the most recent Policy Information Session are available to download.
Academic Integrity plan
The University of Adelaide's commitment to Academic Integrity is outlined in this overview of our Academic Integrity Plan 2020-2022 (available to the public).
University of Adelaide staff can read the full version of the Academic Integrity Plan 2020-2022, including evaluation metrics (UoA staff access only).
Staff training and teaching resources
Teaching Academic Integrity
Find downloadable resources and teaching strategies here. There are a range of tips for setting academic integrity expectations in your course, as well as games, slides and activities to drop into MyUni or use in class.
Detecting academic misconduct
A recording of our ADEPT Check for Integrity session is available. This session covers methods for detecting suspected academic misconduct, including contract cheating, plagiarism, and cheating during online exams.
Academic Integrity module for staff
This self-paced module covers topics for teaching staff such as promoting a culture of academic integrity and assessment design for integrity.
For HDR students, this course can also be recognised as part of Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST). Fill in the form at the end of the course to claim your certificate for CARST.
From January 2022, the University of Adelaide requires that all assessments must be submitted and monitored through text comparative software where possible. Turnitin can be used for text based assignments submitted via file upload to MyUni.
Turnitin is a text-matching software which compares student submissions to published works, web content, and a library of student assignments across the globe. It can be automatically enabled in your MyUni assignments, and is also available for students to use as part of their writing process.
The University has provided guides to support you and your students in using Turnitin and interpreting the Similairty Report. access the guides here.
1. Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) 2019, TEQSA - Guidance Note: Academic Integrity, version 1.2, TEQSA, Canberra, p.1.