Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity means acting with honesty, fairness and responsibility in learning, teaching and research. It involves observing and maintaining ethical standards in all aspects of academic work. Everyone at Charles Sturt is responsible for the integrity of all academic activity.

Did you know that 19 October was the 2022 International Day of Action against contract cheating? Check out the TEQSA Academic Integrity - top 10 tips poster for great ideas on fostering academic integrity at Charles Sturt

What is expected at Charles Sturt?

Academic and professional staff involved in teaching and learning and/or research are responsible for each item below.

Teaching and learning

  • Ensuring students are informed, and understand the meaning of academic integrity.
  • Regularly review the online academic integrity subject to ensure that your explanations are consistent with the subject.
  • Undertake training in academic integrity and research integrity as required.
  • Model academic integrity to students.  For example, acknowledge the scholarly work of others used in your own teaching and research and demonstrate the integrity of your academic decisions about students.

Research

  • Explain the requirements for responsible conduct of research as stated in the Research Policy when a coursework subject involves research with human subjects , and any specific arrangements to meet these requirements for the research task.
  • In core subjects for students who are about to undertake a research component of a coursework course, explain the requirements for responsible conduct of research stated in the Research Policy, and any specific arrangements to meet these requirements for research in the course.
  • When supervising a coursework student’s or higher degree by research candidate’s research project, ensure that the student and project comply with the requirements for responsible conduct of research stated in the Research Policy.

Suspected cheating

Where you suspect cheating, collusion, contract cheating, plagiarism, research misconduct or self-plagiarism, report these to an appointed officer for investigation under the Student Misconduct Rule 2020.

This is from the Charles Sturt Academic Integrity Procedure, Academic staff responsibilities (Clause 9)

Promoting academic integrity in your students' work

Charles Sturt favours an educative and proactive approach to promoting Academic Integrity and minimising Academic Misconduct. Here are some approaches that can help you in your teaching practice. (Sources: Hrasky & Kronenberg, 2011; How to Minimise Plagiarism in your students' work in 5 steps, CSU).

Since July 2021,  Charles Sturt’s Academic Integrity course is compulsory for all students to complete before grade release. Students who have not completed the training will be unable to view their grades.

The Academic Integrity course is delivered via a single subject with no points weighting, visible in the student portal and supported by the Division of Learning and Teaching. This subject is free and will help students understand academic integrity, contract cheating, and available support services. This is permanently available to all active students on their Interact2 (i2) dashboard.

The Division of Learning and Teaching have created a staff facing i2 organisation site, Academic Integrity (Staff), which replicates the student site. All academic staff are encouraged to self-enrol in this site by:

Educate your students about Academic Integrity

  1. A dashboard of student completion statistics is available to Charles Sturt staff.
  2. Review and teach skills such as summarising, paraphrasing, critical analysis, argument development, and referencing. Remind students about resources that can help them develop these skills and how this will assist them in avoiding academic misconduct.
  3. Encourage students to use Turnitin before submitting assignments. Direct them to the Plagiarism Checking Software page of the student portal.
  4. Explain the difference between collaboration and collusion especially where group work is required. Again, encourage students to complete the Academic Integrity at Charles Sturt course.
  5. Students are required to sign a cover sheet on their assignments acknowledging the work as their own.

Academic misconduct

Actively look for academic misconduct

  1. Make sure you are familiar with common sources of plagiarised material
  2. Use platforms such as Turnitin to test for similarly checking and plagiarism
    Please see the Academic Integrity Checking Processes

Require evidence of work in progress (where practicable)

  1. Request copies of drafts, reference material used or planning documentation.
  2. Hold meetings with students to discuss progress.
  3. Have students journal the time and activities to complete the task.
  4. Allocate marks toward the process as well as the outcome (especially in the case of group work)
    Please see the new Charles Sturt Assessment Policy, Group assessment work

Take appropriate action if plagiarism/academic misconduct is identified

  1. Respond to instances of academic misconduct in student work by following the Charles Sturt policy. The procedures for addressing Academic Misconduct are outlined in the Student Misconduct Rule.

Reflect at a subject level

  1. Reflect on suspected incidents of Student Academic Misconduct when moderating your assessments and consider how to avoid this in the future.
    A Subject Convenor can capture this reflection in Question 4 within the QUASAR Reflection and Planning form. This will help identify possible future improvements for your assessments.

Report academic misconduct

The use of professional editors

  1. Use of professional editors is restricted for assessment in coursework courses and subjects in line with the Higher Degree by Research Policy. Students may only use professional editors if:
    • permitted by the subject outline
    • for theses, approved by the supervisor and consistent with the Institute of Professional Editors standard on thesis editing (stylistic copy-editing only).

Teaching resources and support

The following resources can help you foster Academic Integrity in your teaching practice and help students avoid academic misconduct.

TEQSA Resources

TEQSA has developed free Academic Integrity resources that are free to use by students, academics and providers:

See TEQSA Academic Integrity Download Hub

Get training

Academic integrity ELMO training is currently available for fixed and full time continuing staff. This is compulsory for academic and some professional/general staff members. These staff will be required to repeat this every three years.

  • Academic Integrity ELMO -  all academic and many professional staff will complete the academic integrity training modules (full version) and repeat them every three years subsequently. There are five modules with each module taking approximately 20 to 30 minutes each, a total of 2 to 3 hours. This includes staff in our partnered deliveries.
  • Academic Integrity ELMO- Professional Staff ELMO : a shorter version of the  ELMO is specifically designed for professional staff who are required to understand academic integrity and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Support

Academic Integrity Checking Processes outlines how to use Turnitin
Academic Integrity and Referencing (Student Portal/Library/Academic integrity and referencing)

Policy documents

Charles Sturt Academic Integrity Policy
Charles Sturt Academic Integrity Procedure
Charles Sturt Misconduct – Student Misconduct Rule

References and further reading

Hrasky & Kronenberg, 2011; How to Minimise Plagiarism in your students' work in 5 steps, CSU

TEQSA academic integrity tool kit is located at: https://www.teqsa.gov.au/academic-integrity-toolkit

Also, see TEQSA Academic integrity in the creative arts