Academic integrity in online assessment
Here is some advice to make sure you understand the University’s* expectations on academic integrity when preparing for your online test or examination.
Only submit work that is your own
- Your work must be your own. If your answers in a test or examination are developed with another student or students, a friend, family member or any third party, you are in breach of academic-integrity expectations.
- Any ideas or information in your assessment that are not your own must be referenced.
Make sure you have good note-taking practices
- When taking lecture notes, record the source of the information you are noting. This will allow you to reference your source, including lecture slides and other resources provided by your teachers, if you use that material during your test or exam.
- Make sure you put the information in your own words, OR clearly mark it if your notes are a direct quote from a source.
- It is NOT appropriate (and will be considered plagiarism) to reproduce or copy material provided by your teachers, including lecture slides and/or notes.
Check which resources you may use in your exam
- Most final online exams will be open-book. Make sure you are 100 per cent clear on which resources you may refer to and use in each of your courses before you sit your online test or exam.
- If in doubt, discuss this with your lecturer or course director before your test or examination.
Respect the integrity of the test or examination
- A lot of work goes in to developing test or examination questions that assess your understanding and application of the knowledge you have been taught. The integrity of your learning and your degree is undermined when students do not respect the integrity of a test or examination. Copying, reproducing or sharing test or examination questions is completely unacceptable in the digital environment; just as it is with an in-person, paper-based examination.
* The information above was adopted from the University of Melbourne’s academic-integrity advice for online examinations, in combination with existing University of Auckland advice.
Dishonesty is risky behaviour
When you’re struggling, acting dishonestly may seem like a quick and easy way out. But it isn’t. When you are found out, the consequences of academic misconduct can be very serious and could include loss of marks or failing the course.
Acting dishonestly in your work means you undermine your learning, and it isn’t fair to other students.
Please ask for help if you need it. Lecturers, course staff, University support services, and student-led groups can all assist.