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Academic integrity means conducting all aspects of your academic life in a professional manner. It involves:



  • taking responsibility for your own work;
  • respecting the rights of other scholars;
  • behaving with respect and courtesy when debating with others even when you do not agree with them;
  • fully acknowledging the work of others wherever it has contributed to your own thereby avoiding plagiarism;
  • ensuring that your own work is reported honestly;
  • following accepted conventions, rules and laws when presenting your own work;
  • ensuring that you follow the ethical conventions and requirements appropriate to your discipline;
  • if you are studying on a professionally-recognised vocational programme, maintaining standards of conduct which are appropriate to a practitioner in that area;
  • supporting others in their own efforts to behave with academic integrity;
  • avoiding actions which seek to give you an unfair advantage over others;
  • following the requirements of the University Ethics Policy;
  • complying with and undertaking your research responsibly, following all necessary regulatory, legal and professional obligations.

As a member of the academic community at Southampton, you are expected to work in accordance with these principles.

For more guidance and information have a look at Skills4StudyCampus module on Referencing and plagiarism.

Academic Integrity Checklist:

Breaches of Academic Integrity

Ways to avoid them
  • Make good quality notes.
  • Reference accurately in the correct referencing style.
  • Avoid overusing direct quotations.
Collusion and cheating
  • Ensure all the work you submit is distinctly your own even for group assignments.
  • Understand the difference between getting help and collusion/cheating.
  • Allow sufficient time to complete your assignments so you are not tempted to take ‘short cuts’.
  • Do not recycle work – your own or others.
Misconduct in research
  • Ensure you comply with any legal, regulatory or professional obligations.
  • Respect the Intellectual Property of others.
  • Take due care of research participants and personal data.
Breaching ethical standards
  • Adhere to the University’s ethics policy
  • Seek ethics approval for all your research.

Unsure what the terms in the checklist above mean? Look at these definitions.

For more information and resources relating to these and related topics, select from the Academic Integrity menu.

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