Third Party Assistance in UG and PG Coursework Guidelines


Application


These guidelines apply to all students and staff of the University

Purpose


These guidelines seek to ensure that students and staff understand the benefits of, and limitations on, seeking advice from third parties on undergraduate and postgraduate coursework.   

These guidelines are to be read with the Student Academic Conduct Statute.   

Introduction


The University expects that, over the course of their study, all students will become independent learners, able to communicate their ideas and the material supporting those ideas clearly and accurately.

The University encourages students to seek ways to improve their writing skills, including through the use of advice on coursework from third parties.

Guidelines


What to consider when getting help

  • When getting help with your university work, you must ensure that this assistance does not endanger the academic integrity and originality of the work. The University views cheating - including ‘submitting without acknowledgement work to which others have contributed’ - as a serious academic offence.

See the Student Academic Conduct Statute.

  • When seeking assistance with written work it is your responsibility to ensure that the third party also understands the limits of providing help.

 

The benefits and limitations of advice

  • The benefits of seeking advice from third parties include:
    • allowing you to discuss your assignments and projects with someone else
    • helping you to understand where your written communication skills may need to be further developed  
    • supporting you to develop your skills as an independent learner
  • If you receive help from a third party it is your responsibility to ensure that the final work submitted is your work, reflecting your learning and performance.
  • In other words, you may ask a third party to review your work, but they may not become in any way the author of the work.  
  • Third parties may review your work and offer advice on:
    • clarity – for example: avoiding ambiguity, repetition and verbosity; the use of punctuation (Except where you are being assessed on your understanding of the English language and the Department or School has instructed you that no additional writing assistance can be used)
    • grammar and usage – for example: the conventions of grammar and syntax in written English (Except where you are being assessed on your understanding of the English language and the Department or School has instructed you that no additional writing assistance can be used)
    • spelling and punctuation
    • formatting – for example: the position of tables and illustrations in the assignment, consistency in page numbers, headers and footers
    • referencing – for example: completeness and internal consistency in references (including citations, bibliography, list of references, endnotes or footnotes, and cross-references)
  • Third parties should not write or rewrite any part of your assignment, or perform numerical calculations on your behalf.  Suggested amendments should be indicated by comment tools, rather than by tracked changes.  You will then need to decide how to respond to the suggested amendments.
  • It is a good idea to keep drafts, rough notes or other evidence that shows that the work you submit is entirely original.

 

Where to find help

  • Libraries and Learning Services - Student Learning Services provides on-line resources, workshops and individual appointments to assist students to develop academic writing skills
  • Libraries and Learning Services- English Language Enrichment (ELE) has print and electronic resources for English language development.  Individual appointments with language advisors are also available
  • The University’s Academic Integrity Course, taken by all students starting a new programme at the University of Auckland, is an online course designed to increase student knowledge of academic integrity, University rules relating to academic conduct, and the identification and consequences of academic misconduct
  • English writing and expression courses, and Māori language courses, can sometimes be included for credit in degree programmes.

 

Definitions


The following definitions apply to this document:

Academic integrity means the ethical practices of the academic community, including honest execution of research and study and the acknowledgement of sources

Third parties are people you ask for help, other than your lecturers or tutors.  Third parties may be fellow students, reading groups, friends, parents, Libraries and Learning Services, or professional editing services

University means the University of Auckland and includes all subsidiaries

Document management and control


Owner: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Content manager: Senior Academic Quality Advisor

Prepared by: Teaching and Learning Quality Committee

Approved by: Council

Date approved: June 2015

Review date: June 2017