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Type: Conference paper
Title: Academic Integrity Standards: A Preliminary Analysis of the Academic Integrity Policies at Australian Universities
Author: Bretag, T.
Mahmud, S.
East, J.
Green, M.
James, C.
McGowan, U.
Partridge, L.
Walker, R.
Wallace, M.
Citation: Proceedings of the Australian Quality Forum 2011 (AuQF 2011): Demonstrating Quality, held in Melbourne, 29 June-1 July, 2011: pp.48-53
Publisher: Australian Universities Quality Agency
Publisher Place: Melbourne
Issue Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781921561689
Conference Name: Australian Universities Quality Forum (2011 : Melbourne)
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Tracey Bretag, Saadia Mahmud, Julianne East, Margaret Green, Colin James, Ursula McGowan, Lee Partridge, Ruth Walker and Margaret Wallace
Abstract: As academic integrity is fundamental to assessment practices, it is critical that it is dealt with consistently by staff and taught to students. How a university defines academic integrity in its policy will affect the way it is taught and embedded in the curriculum. While Australian universities all have policy, teaching and learning practices, decision making and review processes relating to academic integrity, these aspects do not always align in a way that reflects a shared understanding of standards of academic integrity, either at intra or inter-university levels. This paper reports on the preliminary findings from the first stage of an ALTC funded project, Academic integrity standards: Aligning policy and practice in Australian universities set to conclude in June 2012. This project seeks to develop a shared understanding across the Australian higher education sector of academic integrity standards with the aim of improving the alignment of academic integrity policies and their implementation. During Stage 1, the project team members analysed the publicly available online academic integrity policies of 39 Australian universities. Our study found that while a significant proportion of academic integrity policies have a punitive element in their approach, a similarly significant proportion of universities do provide an educative approach and/or attempt to frame their policies with a broad commitment to academic integrity. We have also found that the majority of academic integrity policies fail to make a clear statement of responsibility of the University for academic integrity. These findings have implications for Australian universities’ efforts to create a shared understanding and commitment to academic integrity standards.
Keywords: Academic integrity; policy analysis; academic integrity standards
Description: AUQA Occassional Publication; no. 24
Rights: © 2011 by the authors. All rights reserved. No part of these proceedings may be reproduced by any means without permission.
RMID: 0020118655
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