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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.)

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Academic Integrity | Falsifying results: Definition

InformationLexico, the online Oxford Dictionary, defines falsify as 'altering (information, a document, or evidence) so as to mislead.' (Lexico, n.d.)

Academic Integrity | Falsifying results: Examples

Falsifying results can include, but is not limited to:

  • Your experiment is taking too long so you make up the results to get your work in on time.
  • You make up survey results or interview answers.
  • You run an experiment, but because the results contradict your expectations you make up results that fit your desired expectations.
  • You change your lab notes, or raw data, to make it look like you have done the work.

Academic Integrity | Falsifying results: Penalties

PenaltiesPenalties can apply if you are found to have falsified evidence or results.

  • 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.

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