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Student Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism

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Student Checklist to Prevent Plagiarism

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Staff Guidelines for Dealing with Student Plagiarism

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Flowchart for Staff Actions

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What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is essential to the foundation and ongoing viability of an academic community, including managers researchers, teachers and students. It defines principles upheld by those in the community and which serve to guide the community in its work. The Curtin University community upholds five core values: integrity, respect, courage, excellence, and impact. These values align with the principles of academic integrity described by The Centre for Academic Integrity.

Click on each of the Curtin values below to learn more.

Academic honesty underpins respect for, and the search for, knowledge and understanding. Academic staff are honest in their research and in their dealings with other staff and with students. Students are honest with themselves and with others, in their personal ambition, study and particularly in their involvement in the assessment process.

Trust follows from academic honesty. Society trusts an academic institution which is demonstrably truthful in its mission, its public work and how it deals with its employees and students. Staff trust the institution to support honest scholarly enterprise. Students trust their teachers to guide their learning and to uphold the values to which the institution aspires. Academic staff trust students to work honestly and with endeavour to achieve their personal goals.

Everyone in an academic community can expect to be treated fairly. Fairness is expressed in the institution's standards, practices and procedures, and in all interactions between the institution, its staff and its students. Judgments about the work of staff must be fair and accountable. Assessment of the work and learning of students also is open, fair and accountable.

Respect comes from meeting high and honourable expectations. Society has respect for an academic institution that is seen to uphold high standards of conduct in learning, teaching and research. Respect among those in an academic community means interacting with civility and justice and valuing others and their work. Teaching and learning rely on active engagement and mutual respect - among teachers and learners. Self respect comes from active and honest involvement in the learning and academic process.

Those in an academic community have the right to expect that the principles of academic integrity and scholarship will be upheld. However, with rights come responsibilities. Responsibility for academic integrity and scholarship thus rests with every member of the community. This sometimes requires us to have the courage to challenge the actions of others and to take specific actions to ensure that academic integrity is upheld

By upholding the principles of academic integrity the members of our academic community are inspired and enabled to achieve excellence. With trust, it becomes possible for our work to have impact

Reproduced with permission from "Academic Integrity at Curtin: Student Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism", 2015, page 2.