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Student Guide: Academic Integrity

Student Responsibilities

Respect yourself - value honesty and fairness

Use your own skills to do your own work. Start fresh every time - don't self-plagiarise any part of past assignments.


Manage your time

Allow enough time to complete your assessments so you are not tempted to take any shortcuts. 


Read and understand the assignment brief

Make sure you understand exactly what you have to do. Make a plan and follow it for your writing. Make sure you know what support material is allowed.


Reference accurately

Acknowledge ALL sources. Add in-text citations and create a reference list. Paraphrase - retell research ideas in your own words. Use the library guides.


TUS Midlands Library Guides on Referencing

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is acting in an honest, moral and fair way to complete any academic tasks in an academic setting (QQI, 2020). This includes class work, exams and assessments, whether completed on campus or remotely.

There are five basic values in academic integrity: Honesty, Trust, Fairness, Respect, and Responsibility, and Courage, which is sometimes needed to always uphold these values (International Center for Academic Integrity, 2014).

Academic integrity underpins any work that you do: assessments in class, at home, exams and alternative assessments.


Plagiarism can take many forms, and can include the following. 

  • Copying parts of your assignment without acknowledging the source of the information, including copying work from another student. 

  • Not acknowledging direct quotes in your work, even if you have cited them. 

  • Paraphrasing without citing the source of the information. 

  • Incomplete or inaccurate citations in your work. 

  • Collusion – getting assistance from someone to complete work that should be your own. 

  • Collaborating – working with others to complete an assignment that is an individual assignment. 

  • Self-plagiarism – reusing your own work that you have previously submitted for an assessment.  

  • Buying assignments – this is also called contract cheating. This is dishonest and does not reflect your learning in any way. It can also have a serious impact on your future. 

  • Using AI to complete part or all of an assignment unless specifically permitted as part of the assessment.  Any use of AI must be acknowledged correctly.


Act in an honourable manner 

Any work you submit is a demonstration of what you have learnt. Always try to do your best and act with integrity. 

Complete the AIT Plagiarism Disclaimer 

When you upload your work on Moodle you are asked to acknowledge that you have read and understood AIT’s statement on plagiarism. 

Paraphrase your research

Retell the ideas you have read in your own words and acknowledge the sources.

Know how to reference  

Make it your business to find out how to reference your assignments. Check what referencing style your faculty uses. 

Download the Library guide or the referencing style you must use and follow it when you are completing your assignments. 


Intentional or not?

Intentional plagiarism is where you deliberately choose to pass off work that has been written by someone else as your own.

Unintentional or accidental plagiarism is usually the result not taking time and care to review and check that your work meets all the academic requirements. While you may not have set out to deliberately plagiarise, your work will show that you have not acknowledged the sources of your information and as a result is plagiarised.