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To maintain a high standard of academic integrity conduct yourself honestly, fairly, truthfully, ethically and responsibly; learn the conventions of academic writing; learn to reference and cite using the standard used in your discipline. Take advantage of the resources the university offers, the resources on the website, consult a learning consultant and your lecturers.
Understand the nature of academic integrity
Ensure you read these pages thoroughly, and in particular, the Academic integrity resources for students and the Student Academic Integrity Policy
Ask your lecturer for advice
Ask your lecturer, tutor, supervisor, or other advisor what you can and can’t do in each course:
• How to cite and reference? Which referencing style is expected? Each discipline may want you to use particular styles – find out what style is appropriate.
• What is common knowledge and can be used in assignments without citing and referencing
• What equipment is permitted in tests and exams? Ensure
Seek help from the Centre for Teaching and Learning on campus
Learning consultants will help with:
• Using and citing sources
• Referencing appropriately
• Assignment pre reading
Consult Massey’s Online Writing and Learning Link (OWLL)
Guidelines and examples are available on:
• Noting taking
• Preparing for exams
See OWLL – Referencing
Ask yourself the questions
• Could my paraphrasing of another source be interpreted as plagiarism?
• Could this be interpreted as an attempt to deceive? Taking notes or a mobile phone into an exam is an attempt to deceive.
Remember: inadvertent breaches of plagiarism are still actual breaches. If the answer to either of these two questions is “Yes”, or even “Possibly”, rethink what you’re doing and consider asking for clarification.
Full disclosure, particularly of your process, can avoid problems
Talk to someone, ideally your lecturer, tutor, or supervisor before writing an assignment, working on a group project or thesis proposal and thesis so you can be sure you are doing the right thing.
• Some potential breaches of AI become actual breaches early in the process; for example, if you collect data before getting necessary ethics committee approval for your survey, you can’t fix the breach by seeking approval after collecting the data.
• If you’re unsure whether you’ve adequately paraphrased a source’s findings, your lecturer will be able to provide advice before you hand in your assignment, but only if you show them the source and your proposed paraphrasing.
• Always keep drafts of assignments so you can show your working/writing process until after an assignment is marked.
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Last updated on Wednesday 04 January 2017