Answered By: David Hughes
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2022     Views: 11


Academic integrity is making sure you stick to good academic practice and follow the rules that are in place for your coursework and exams. Academic integrity is about being true to yourself and being fair to your classmates and your teachers. Good academic practice means not:

  • asking or paying people to write your essays (contract cheating)
  • collaborating with classmates on work that you should be doing on your own (collusion) 
  • copying other peoples' work and passing it off as your own (plagiarism)
  • cheating in your exams

Breaking academic integrity rules leads to graduates who are under-qualified for the workplace; would you want to be treated by a doctor who plagiarised their degree coursework or cheated in their exams? Academic integrity is taken very seriously and breaches can have grave consequences. Breaches of academic integrity can lead to:

  • losing marks in a piece of coursework or exam
  • having to resubmit coursework or retake an exam
  • having yours marks capped
  • suspension
  • expulsion
  • being stripped of your qualification

Further Reading

The ETBI Academic Handbook