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  (including information taken from lecture slides and notes).

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.

Academic Integrity Statement for online exams

The following academic integrity statement is part of each online exam. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the content below before exam day.

As a member of the University’s student body, I will complete this assessment in a fair, honest, responsible and trustworthy manner. This means that:

  • I will not seek out any unauthorised help in completing this assessment. Please note: unauthorised help includes seeking assistance or advice from anyone, using a tutorial or answer service whether in person or online, asking fellow students, friends or family, etc.
  • I will not discuss or share the content of the assessment with anyone else in any form, including but not limited to, Canvas, Piazza, Chegg, Facebook, Twitter, Discord, Messenger or any other social media platform or messaging service within the assessment window.
  • I will not reproduce and/or share the content of this assessment in any domain or in any form where it may be accessed by a third party.
  • I am aware the University of Auckland may use Turnitin or any other plagiarism detecting methods to check my content.
  • I declare that this assessment is my own work, except where acknowledged appropriately (e.g., use of referencing). Please note: It is not appropriate (and will be considered plagiarism) to reproduce or copy material provided by your teachers, including lecture slides, lecture notes and/or course readings in your exam. All content must be written in your own words and referenced appropriately. If quoting a source, quotations must be used and referenced appropriately.
  • I declare that this work has not been submitted for academic credit in this course or another University of Auckland course, or elsewhere.
  • I declare that I generated the calculations and data in this assessment independently, using only the tools and resources defined for use in this assessment.
  • I declare that I composed the writing and/or translations in this assessment independently, using on the tools and resources defined for use in this assessment.

I understand the University expects all students to complete coursework with integrity and honesty. I promise to complete all online assessment with the same academic integrity standards and values.

Any breach of this statement or identified academic misconduct will be followed up and may result in disciplinary action.