What is academic integrity?
VU's Academic integrity and preventing plagiarism policy explains the importance of staff and student honesty in relation to academic work. It outlines the kinds of behaviours that are considered to be "academic misconduct", including plagiarism.
According to this document, examples of plagiarism include:
- Presenting another person's work or research data as your own work.
- Purchasing and/or downloading essays or assignments from the web and presenting these for assessment.
- Word for word copying of sentences/paragraphs in an assignment without acknowledgement.
- Copying out parts of any work without acknowledging the source(s).
Most people would interpret the first two examples given above as cheating. You are required to do your own assignments and research, so using someone else’s work and pretending it is your own would not be acceptable.
The last two examples are breaches of academic integrity that are perhaps less clear cut, but no less important, and students need to be aware of what they refer to and understand how to avoid doing this.