Your responsibility as a student of the University is to adhere to academic integrity and the Code of Conduct.
What is Academic Integrity?
Academic integrity is ‘the moral code of academic life and endeavour. It involves using, generating and communicating information in an ethical, honest and responsible manner’ (adapted from Monash University, 2013, quoted in TEQSA Guidance Note on Academic Integrity, 2019).
The University of Divinity has adopted this definition of academic integrity because of its alignment with the University’s mission of excellence in learning, teaching and research, whereby students and staff develop knowledge, understanding and skills while demonstrating due regard for the work of others.
Academic Integrity means:
All work by members of the University, whether for assessment, publication or use as a teaching or learning resource, must acknowledge the rightful owners of any material utilised.
It is your responsibility to understand how and when to appropriately acknowledge any material used or drawn upon. Failure to do so may be viewed as a breach of academic integrity. Guidance on how to comply with the expected standards of acknowledgement and other aspects of academic writing, including working with TurnItIn, are available through your College and lecturer, and also in the University Style Guide.
Academic Misconduct means:
A breach of academic integrity.
Examples of breaches of academic integrity
In an essay, a student reads from published material an idea which would be relevant to include. The student paraphrases the idea but does not reference the published material. This is cheating.
A close friend or family member who is a clergyperson is interested in helping a student with their assignment. The student talks at length with them, then the friend offers to write a page of the essay. The student accepts this page, includes it and submits the whole essay as their own work. This is contract cheating.
A student writing a thesis comes across a picture of an artwork they would like to include. They copy the picture into the text, but do not cite a reference to the artist and a description of the work. This is a breach of copyright.
A student participating in an assessed online forum is reading a great book or website regarding the discussion. They copy a paragraph of the text word for word and insert this into the online forum discussion without referencing. This is plagiarism.