Breaches of academic integrity

How breaches of academic integrity are handled at the University.

Academic Integrity Advisers

Each faculty has a faculty and/or academic unit Academic Integrity Advisers (AIAs). The AIA is an academic staff member whose role is to promulgate academic integrity expectations and support consistency in academic misconduct processes for staff and students.  AIAs may support Course Directors to investigate alleged breachers of academic integrity expectations or alleged academic misconduct.  

Breaches of academic integrity

The University has three levels of academic integrity breach:

  • Poor academic practice
  • Minor academic misconduct
  • Major academic misconduct

Poor academic practice and minor academic misconduct are handled within the faculty.  Major academic misconduct cases are heard by the University's Discipline Committee.

The type of breach is determined through investigation by an Academic Integrity Adviser or Academic Head working with appropriate teaching staff.

Poor Academic Practice

Poor Academic Practice (PAP) is the first level of academic integrity breach.  It applies only to students early in their academic career with no prior incidents of academic misconduct (for details see the Guidelines below).  It applies to coursework (including non-invigilated tests and quizzes) but does not apply to breaches of academic integrity in invigilated tests, nor does it apply to postgraduate research.

PAP provides an opportunity for staff to support new students to identify and correct poor practices in their academic work.  There are no penalties associated with Poor Academic Practice; a Course Director may adjust marks, but only to correct any unfair advantage the student may have gained as a result of the practice in question.

Poor Academic Practice is reported using the PAP form and generally resolved within the academic unit. For guidance staff can see the Academic Integrity (Poor Academic Practice) Guidelines.

Minor and major academic misconduct

Academic misconduct in coursework (including non-invigilated tests and quizzes), invigilated tests or postgraduate research may be classed as 'minor' or 'major'

Policy and procedures for investigating suspected academic misconduct in coursework and tests, and in postgraduate research worth 30 points or more, are set out in the Student Academic Conduct Statute (2021)

The Guidelines for applying the Statute can be downloaded below.

Minor and major academic misconduct must be reported on the AS-75 form and confirmed cases are recorded on the University's Register of Academic Misconduct.

Link to the AS-75 form (for University staff only - check under the Academic Quality Office on the Formspace).

Guidance for interviews and email templates are below. (Documents are accessible to University of Auckland staff only)

Academic misconduct in examinations in-person

Suspected academic misconduct offences may be identified in the examination room or at the time of marking and are reported on the AS 36-37 form.  

Academic misconduct in online examinations

Amendments have been made to the Student Conduct Statute for 2021 due to (nearly all) exams being held as remote, online, non-invigilated exams this year. Amended Statute.

To notify the Examinations Office of allegations of suspected misconduct in online exams, examiners should complete this online form

Discipline Committee

Discipline Committee is the University Committee that hears cases of major academic misconduct in coursework, tests, and postgraduate research.  The Committee also hears examinations misconduct cases referred by the Provost. Discipline Committee members include academic staff and students.  

Discipline Committee has the power to impose penalties for confirmed cases of major academic misconduct and academic misconduct in examinations.