Taking Academic Integrity Seriously
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Taking Academic Integrity Seriously

Academic Integrity has always been a matter of serious consideration at my own School – and will become increasingly important across the Sector given a shift from examinations to assignments; the emergence of AI (Chat GPT in particular); and of course the Sector’s near obsession with the issue. It is our view that it will be one of the big issues moving forward – as we emerge out of the shadows of COVID and into the new reality.

The key elements to keep in mind (supported by the HE Regulator) are –

Have in place the necessary Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures need to be accessible

They are appropriate to the size of the provider

They are known to staff and students

Can be demonstrated that they are effective

Mechanisms are in place to determine effectiveness

Preventative action is used

Monitoring of risk is evident

Corporate Governance monitoring is evident

Processes used to manage are clear

Fair treatment prevails

An information system is in place to record details

Experience is used for improvement

Appropriate credit transfer is utilised

Adequate staff training is in place

To ensure that the processes are in place a regime is essential. At our own institution, we have in place an eight part strategy that is utilised each trimester –

Week #0

Staff Professional Development Seminar highlights issues

Week #0

Student Orientation sessions are used to highlight the importance

Week #1

Subject outlines are used to demonstrate issues

Week #2

New Students are informed of resources

Week #3

Continuing students are reminded of resources

Week #4

All students are briefed by the Executive Dean

Week #5

All students are briefed by the Chair,  Academic Integrity Committee


Further briefing by Chair, Academic Integrity Committee

It is essential to have in place a clear, benchmarked, and informed Academic Misconduct Policy accompanied by an appropriate Student Code of Conduct.

An Academic Integrity Committee (ideally a standing committee of the Academic Senate) needs to be in place and should meet regularly and consistently. A senior academic should be appointed Chair and needs to be supported by a quality secretary ensuring appropriate recording of data to be used in a range of reports.

Further, Academic Integrity should be a standing report of all Academic Senate meetings and form part of the reporting mechanisms to the Corporate Board in turn.

The challenges presented need to be met head-on and every effort made to detect and resolve breaches in academic integrity throughout a trimester. At the same time, considerable focus needs to be placed on preventing breaches whenever possible. Keeping staff and students informed along the way is essential.

Keeping informed, relevant, and current is also essential -







Academic Integrity is one of the big challenges facing us moving forward – we need to be informed, vigilant, and responsive.


Emeritus Professor Greg Whateley is Deputy Vice Chancellor of UBSS and Chief Executive Officer of GCA

Associate Professor Tom O’Connor is Chair, the UBSS Academic Integrity Committee