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Academic Integrity

Information and resources on academic integrity for senior school students and teachers

Source: Black, S. (2020).

Integrity — When you do the right thing even though no one is watching. (Anon.)

Academic Integrity | Ethics: Definition

InformationLexico, the online Oxford Dictionary, defines ethics as 'The moral correctness of specified conduct'. (Lexico, n.d.)

Academic Integrity | Ethics: Examples

While you must always behave ethically, it is particularly important in subjects where you are running experiments as well as observing and recording findings. Working ethically can include, but is not limited to:

  • Get consent; before you survey people make sure you have their consent. Before doing the survey you should also tell them how you are going to use the information they supply.
  • Respect other people's right to privacy. You cannot use someone's personal details without their consent. Be aware there are Australian privacy principles under law that we all have to follow.
  • Do no harm. If you are going to do a survey or experiment, especially in subjects such as biology or psychology, first check it will not cause harm or distress.
  • Tell the truth. Do not make up, fabricate, or falsify information. This includes falsifying observations and findings. Falsifying information, data or results is a breach of academic integrity and penalties may apply.
  • Give credit where credit is due. If someone has helped, give them credit for their contribution. Do not claim someone else's work or ideas as your own, this is Plagiarism and penalties may apply.
  • Be respectful. You should always "strive to use language that is free of bias and avoid perpetuating prejudicial beliefs or demeaning attitudes in their writing." (APA, n.d.Being respectful helps ensure you abide by the School's values of Integrity, Honesty and Trustworthiness, and Responsibility. See the following links for more information on writing in a way that is inclusive and respectful:

Academic Integrity | Ethics: Penalties

PenaltiesIf you are found to have been unethical in the way you have worked there may be penalties.

  • You may receive no mark for your work,
  • You may be asked to resubmit the work, and
  • Depending on the severity of the situation, the School may impose additional penalties.

Ultimately the biggest loss is that you have compromised both your learning and your reputation.

Academic Integrity | Ethics: Videos

Level 1 resourceFilm and videoUsing YouTube on campus help and instructionsTo view these video on campus remember to first login to your school Google account using your mConnect username and password. Click here for more help on using YouTube on campus.


In text reference / citation: Narrative citations: HighSchoolScience101 (2019) Parenthetical citations: (HighSchoolScience101, 2019)
Bibliography / Reference list: HighSchoolScience101 (2019, July 1). What Are Research Ethics? [Video]. YouTube.

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