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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?

When starting at university you become part of and, contribute to both the university and global academic community.  Acting with academic integrity means that:

  • Others can trust you.
  • They can rely on your honesty.
  • You will do what you say you will do.
  • you believe in doing the right thing.

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

Acting with Academic Integrity – What does it look like?

Your responsibilities as part of an academic community is to exemplify the values of ECU. 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

To learn more about these principles and values, what is meant by academic integrity, what it means to you and strategies to ensure you act with Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry and Personal Excellence, why not complete the Academic Integrity Module.

Take Care:

If you are an international Student be AWARE of what is required of you when acting with academic integrity. You may find that the principles and values of academic integrity have a different meaning and level of importance in your home country.


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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