Academic integrity is about being honest, ethical, and respectful within the academic environment. It means giving credit to others' ideas and research, not claiming anyone else’s ideas or research as your own, and always acknowledging where the information you have used has come from.
You are expected to demonstrate these principles throughout your learning journey.
You must also reference your own work from previous assignments if you are presenting it as something new.
You must be careful not to collaborate with others on an assignment that requires you to work as an individual. You should not discuss your thoughts and research with others and ensure that the work you submit reflects your own research and ideas.
When writing an academic assignment, you will likely gather information from a variety of sources. It is essential that you acknowledge where you got the information from in order to avoid plagiarism.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism means using someone else's words or ideas in your writing, and (mis)representing them as your own work. This is considered academic theft and can have serious consequences such as disciplinary action or exclusion from Wintec.
Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional. Unintentional plagiarism is usually the result of inaccurate, or missing referencing! It is important, therefore, to follow the APA referencing guide carefully. By referencing accurately you:
When using information from others in your assignment you should:
Goblin Threat plagiarism game
Goblin Threat, courtesy of Lycoming College, Pennsylvania, is a fun, interactive game designed to teach you what plagiarism in an academic context is.
Please note: in New Zealand, plagiarism is a legal issue, but not a criminal offence. At Wintec, it is a disciplinary issue.