What does academic integrity mean?

What does academic integrity mean?

Published on 15 June 2023

explaining what academic integrity and good academic practice looks like in higher education

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Transcript
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Academic integrity is essential for success in the academic world and beyond.
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It creates a learning environment of fairness and trust and helps protect the reputation of UCEM and its students.
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Academic integrity is a set of values that encourages a commitment to honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, respect and responsibility in your academic work and assessment.
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Trust Honesty Fairness Responsibility Respect Courage
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It is important to act with integrity in your work as it demonstrates good academic practice, commitment to ethical behaviour and shows that you are taking your studies seriously.
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But what does good academic practice look like in your work?
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It means being honest in the way you use sources.
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Firstly by keeping track of where you find your ideas and arguments and secondly, using referencing in your work to clearly identify any information that comes from source materials and credit the authors who created these sources.
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Acting with academic integrity also means that you avoid cheating, plagiarising and lying, as well as avoiding misrepresenting yourself or your work.
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Academic integrity also applies to how you conduct research or data collection.
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You need to demonstrate that your research results and studies are reliable, trustworthy and not fabricated or misleading.
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So how do we ensure that demonstrate good academic practice and integrity?
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We have activities and resources in Study Skills and the e-Library which you can use to understand academic integrity, types of academic malpractice and how to reference.
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You should also familiarise yourself with our UCEM Harvard Guide to referencing and citation which gives you an overview of what referencing is, and how to apply it in your work. 
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If you’re not sure how do reference properly, you can get in touch with our Academic Support Tutors who will be happy to help.