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What is Academic Integrity?

Academic Integrity & Your Responsibilities

The International Centre for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as "a commitment to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility", and “the courage to act on them even in the face of adversity" (Fishman, 2014, p.16).  At ECU this is driven by our values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry and Personal Excellence.

Why is Academic Integrity so important to you and ECU?

As a new student you become part of and contribute to a global academic community.  Acting with academic integrity in this community means that you:

  • commit to your studies
  • take responsibility for doing your own work
  • establish trustworthiness by acting honestly
  • respect the ideas and work of others

It is a whole of university approach - Everyone has a role to play!

Acting with Academic Integrity – What does it look like?

Academic integrity is fundamental to ECU’s expectations of you. We expect you to uphold the principles of academic integrity and our core values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry and Personal Excellence.

The Academic Integrity Policy Clause 4.4(a) sets these out in everyday terms and include:

  • Being engaged in your learning and/or conducting research.
  • Being engaged in assessment tasks and submitting work that has been correctly in-text and end-text referenced
  • That the work you submit for Assessment is YOUR work, or if a group assessment task, the GROUP's work.
  • Considering the opinions and values of others, such as in group discussions or group assessment tasks.
  • Acting with integrity as part of your beliefs, who you are and, demonstrating the highest personal and professional standards (Edith Cowan University, Strategic and Governance Services [ECU], 2019a).

Academic Integrity Module

If you are a new student, we ask that you complete an online Academic Integrity Module during your first few weeks as a student. It is so important that you are aware of the principles and values of acting with academic integrity for your study that we have made it compulsory.

As a new student you will be automatically enrolled in the Module and can start it at any time; although completing it early on is recommended. It will take approximately 2 hours to complete and includes a quiz at the end of each sub-section.

To access the Module (Academic Integrity Module 2020) go to the My Units section within your Blackboard portal.

Take Care:

If you are an International Student and have not studied in Australia before, please be AWARE that the principles and values of academic integrity may be different to that in your home country. If you are unsure always seek help from a tutor or unit coordinator.


Edith Cowan University, Strategic and Governance Services. (2019a). Academic integrity policy. Retrieve from

Fishman, T. (Ed.) (2014). The fundamental values of academic integrity.  Retrieved from

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