Academic Integrity is at the centre of all the work you do at university.
See the Quality Handbook, Academic Integrity Students, Information for Students to find out more about academic integrity, good practice and your responsibilities.
Academic Integrity Checklist: helping you to avoid making breaches of academic integrity.
|Breaches of Academic Integrity (click to see a definition)||Ways to avoid them|
Reference accurately in the correct referencing style. See Citing and Referencing.
Avoid overusing direct quotations. See Quoting without plagiarising (SforS). Note: this applies to text cut and pasted from online sources as well as quotations from print sources.
Where you have paraphrased or summarised another person's work, acknowledge this through correct citing and referencing. See Ways of using other writers' texts (SforS) for examples.
Complete the Understanding plagiarism section (SforS) for further guidance on different ways of using academic sources without plagiarising them.
|Cheating and Collusion||
Ensure all the work you submit is distinctly your own, for both individual and group assignments.The collaborating or copying activity from SkillsforStudy (SforS) will help you to understand how you can work with others on group projects.
Understand the difference between getting help and collusion/cheating. The guidelines for collaborative work section (SforS) gives advice on how you may collaborate and which activates that would be considered as cheating.
Allow sufficient time to complete your assignments so you are not tempted to take ‘short cuts’ such as copying the work of another student. Use the Assignment Planner to help you manage your time.
External authorship / assistance is where you present work as your own that has been created using unauthorised external input, including ghost-writing or use of commercial essay mills or any other form of contract cheating, whether that input is obtained on a commercial basis or not.
Only submit your own work – presenting other peoples’ work as your own is cheating. Avoid the need to take ‘short cuts’ by careful planning and good time management. Try using the Assignment Planner. Ask for help from your Faculty Office if unexpected circumstances mean you need an extension to a deadline.
|Falsification||Allowing sufficient time to complete your assignments will mean you are not tempted to take ‘short cuts’ such as making up experimental results or falsifying data. Try using the Assignment Planner to help you manage your time.|
|Recycling||Work submitted for an assignment should be new and original, unless you have specific permission to re-use material. If you have permission to submit previous work in a new context you must state this and include an appropriate citation.|
|Misconduct in research||
Avoid this by ensuring you comply with any legal, regulatory or professional obligations, respect the Intellectual Property (IP) of others (this online tutorial from the Intellectual Property Office explains more about IP), take due care of research participants and personal data (see our Research ethics page for further guidance).
|Breaching ethical standards|
For more guidance and information take the Referencing and avoiding plagiarism module of SkillsforStudy
Southampton University. (n.d.) Academic Integrity Guidance for Students. Available from: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/assets/imported/transforms/content-block/UsefulDownloads_Download/AAA325B0BCDE4123BF24D81F85B8882C/Academic%20Integrity%20Guidance%20for%20Students.pdf [Accessed 31 October 2016.]
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