Academic integrity is an integral part of your work as well as the work of students. You are responsible for modelling good practice to your students, educating them in the requirements of academic integrity and the skills to enact it, and for responding to breaches when they occur.
It is crucial to communicate to students the importance of academic integrity. An open dialogue on the subject generates respect for the matter and for staff. If there is a perception that staff do not take academic integrity seriously, then students equally may not take it seriously.
Make sure students know the meaning of academic integrity
Students often engage in academic misconduct, that is, they breach academic integrity because they don’t understand the importance of creating their own work and acknowledging sources. Flinders has an excellent academic integrity FLO site for students. It is available to everyone and contains support materials and a quiz for checking their understanding. Visit the site to discover what resources are available to students.
Develop students' academic writing and research skills
Discourage academic misconduct by helping students develop strong academic skills. Encourage your students to ask for help from the academics in the Learning Lounge located in the Central and Sturt libraries.
Refer your students to the Student Learning Centre website to find excellent resources that will help them develop a range of skills including time management, paraphrasing and quoting, reading effectively, referencing and academic writing.
Liaison Librarians can help students find better academic resources and have also created Search Smart guides that student can access anywhere at any time. Visit the Liaison Librarian page to find who is responsible for your teaching area.
Construct course and assessment design that promotes learning and discourages misconduct
Academic integrity for staff is a FLO site for staff that contains resources to support course and assessment design that encourage student academic integrity, a self-paced online tutorial and practice text-matching software dropbox.
Flinders University has a licence for using text-matching software via Flinders Learning Online (FLO). Staff are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with the use of text matching software and the interpretation of text-matching similarity reports.
As of first semester 2016, all text-based student assignments will be subject to text-matching. In special circumstances exemptions may be granted.
A self-paced on-line tutorial is available for staff to familiarise themselves with general principles and practices around academic integrity as well as the interpretation of similarity reports produced by text-matching software. This tutorial is equivalent to the face-to-face academic integrity workshop that is offered by the University.
Understand the rules
As a staff member you should know and understand your rights and responsibilities. Furthermore you are required to understand the process of managing a suspected breach. Information about procedures is in the Academic Integrity policy.