About academic integrity

Find out what academic integrity is and why it's important for your studies.

Academic integrity is the honesty that you have in your studies and assessments. It is a key foundation to being a member of the University’s academic community.

Having academic integrity shows that you respect the work of other people, such as their:

  • Ideas
  • Words
  • Image
  • Code

You do this by acknowledging who and what has influenced you own work and thinking.

Academic integrity is informed by multiple values, including:

  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Courage

As a student, it is your responsibility to ensure you’re being academically honest.

For other information related to copyright, please visit Academic integrity and copyright.

What can I do to learn more about academic integrity

Academic Integrity Course

When you become a student with the University of Auckland, you will automatically be enrolled into the online Academic Integrity Course or ACADINT A01. This includes if you’re:

  • A Study Abroad or Exchange student
  • Doctoral student

This course is a requirement for your studies and has a 0-point value.

If you’re a returning student, you will not be asked to retake this course.

This course is designed to help you know about academic integrity through five distinct modules.

You must complete all modules and get 100% in each module, i.e., 6 out of 6.

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Talk to your lecturers, course coordinators, and tutors

Your lecturers, course coordinators, and tutors are always happy to answer questions you may have around academic integrity, referencing, when and what to reference, among other things.

You can find their contact details on Canvas. 

Ask a subject librarian

A subject librarian is someone who can answer questions specific to your area of study, including referencing and acknowledging other people’s work. 

Resources for referencing

You can find referencing information at Te Tumu Herenga | Libraries and Learning Services. 

You can also access Referen©ite which is a tool designed to help you with referencing, including guidelines on how you should acknowledge other people’s work. 

Te Tumu Herenga | Libraries and Learning Services workshops

You can access workshops through Te Tumu Herenga | Libraries and Learning Services.

Turnitin

Turnitin is used by the University to check your submitted work. Unless specified, your coursework uploaded to Canvas will be put through Turnitin to check for similarities with other published work. 

Student Charter

Academic integrity is one part of the expectations that you have as a student at the University of Auckland.   

Support for academic integrity

If you’re unsure you’re meeting academic integrity, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can ask your:

  • Lecturer
  • Course coordinator
  • Tutor
  • Subject librarian

One of the University’s roles under the Student Charter is to support you in developing the skills that you need to succeed in your studies and future careers. Academic integrity is one of these skills.

The University aims to foster and preserve your scholarly values and help you maintain intellectual integrity in your studies.

Breaching academic integrity

By not acknowledging who and what has influenced your work and thinking means that you are breaching academic integrity.

Breaching academic integrity means that you did not recognise the influence another person’s work has had on your own work.

You’re also not learning a key skill to being a student at the University of Auckland and a member of the university academic community.

Breaching academic integrity is also known as:

  • Academic dishonesty
  • Committing academic misconduct

If you’re caught breaching academic integrity, i.e., academically dishonest, you will be penalised for academic misconduct under the Student Academic Conduct Statute.

Breaching academic integrity may also apply even you didn’t know what you were doing was wrong.

Penalties and consequences will be more severe if you are found to have deliberately breached academic integrity.

Penalties and consequences can include:

  • Adjustment of marks
  • Your academic offence being registered on the central Register of Deliberate Academic Misconduct*

*The University recognises that your information is confidential, especially around cases of academic misconduct. Access to view records within the central Register of Deliberate Academic Misconduct is strictly limited to staff authorised to access this information.

Register of Deliberate Academic Misconduct

The main purpose of the register is to allow Academic Heads and the Discipline Committee to identify students who have already been involved in academic misconduct.

This is because:

  • Penalties for second offences will be more severe
  • Second offences which could be judged minor may be treated as major because of the prior record

The register will only be searched for individual student records if it has been determined:

  • An offence has been committed
  • It has been authorised by a student
  • For record management purposes