Academic integrity is like an extension of your own personal trustworthiness and principles. When you graduate from TAFE SA, employers and professional organisations want to know you have met the standards of the qualification you have been awarded. Doing something that undermines the academic integrity of your learning or TAFE SA could affect your reputation in the future.
Academic Integrity means acting with honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage in your learning, even when faced with difficult situations.
You can show academic integrity by:
Academic misconduct is acting dishonestly in an assessment task or examination in order to gain an unfair advantage for yourself or other students.
Any form of cheating means that you could miss important professional knowledge and practice needed for you to succeed in your career.
Academic misconduct includes:
Have a private conversation with your lecturer who will help decide what to do next. If there is a case, they will help you to find evidence and make a formal report.
This is known as contract cheating. It is illegal in Australia and it’s very important to report this organisation or website to your lecturer.
These organisations have been known to blackmail students who pay for their services, threatening to report the cheating to the university or training organisation. It is really important you protect yourself through being honest and doing your own study and submitting your own work.
If another student suspects you of academic misconduct, they may report this to a lecturer. The lecturer will then follow the Academic Integrity Procedure, which covers:
Please seek help if you are having difficulties that are affecting your study. Your lecturer is there to assist you. Additionally, you can contact Student Services who offer counselling services and other support.
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) 2021, What is academic integrity? TEQSA, viewed 23 September 2021, https://www.teqsa.gov.au/what-academic-integrity.
La Trobe University 2021, Academic Integrity, La Trobe University, 15 June, viewed 23 September 2021, https://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/admin/academic-integrity.
University of South Australia 2021, Academic Integrity Module, University of South Australia, viewed 23 September 2021,
This page provides a summary of information (also available for download as a Fact Sheet). For more detail, please refer to the full Academic Policy and Procedure documents.
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