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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

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Personal beliefs and experience affect what we think about academic integrity and plagiarism.

Even though your beliefs and experiences with academic integrity and plagiarism may be different than the expectations placed on student writers within academic settings, you need to meet academic or scholarly expectations when writing at UCQ.

These expectations include originality, autonomy, morality, and knowledge transformation, not reproduction.

To help accomplish this, you need to clearly show the source any ideas, writing, or material you use in your writing. 

UCQ's Expectation

According to the UCQ,

  • “Academic integrity is the commitment to behave with honesty, fairness, trust, respect and responsibility in all…academic work."
  • Academic dishonesty includes “plagiarism [that] involves submitting or presenting work as if it were the student’s own when it is not…[and]…other acts that do not uphold the principles of academic honesty."

Further information can be found in UCQ's statement of principles on academic integrity and dishonesty.


Watch this 3-minute introduction to Academic Honesty.

Melissa. (2016, December 12). Academic honesy -- IBO competition winner (film/animation) [Video]. YouTube.


Watch this 2-minute video to find out what students in Australia think it means to have academic integrity.

JCU: James Cook University, Australia. (2016, December 6). JCU's The Learning Centre -- Interview series -- What is academic integrity? [Video]. YouTube.


Watch this 3-minute video about possible consequences of academic dishonesty.

uAlbertaDoS. (2013, December 18). Cheating [Video]. YouTube.