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About Academic Integrity

Academic integrity comprises all forms of scholarly honesty. Examples include plagiarism, cheating in any test or examination, submitting an assignment written by another person, presenting work that has been falsified, and so on. The principles underpinning the University's Academic Integrity Policy are primarily educative:

  • to teach students skills and practice related to information literacy and academic integrity, and
  • to develop staff’s understanding of how to integrate the principles of academic integrity and information literacy into their teaching.
However, there is also a disciplinary component to the policy as Massey University has high academic expectations and does not tolerate deliberate breaches of academic integrity. There are three levels of breach of academic integrity as illustrated in the figure below. The most serious level evokes the Student Disciplinary Regulations which can lead to exclusion from university study.  All investigations of alleged breaches of academic integrity are guided by a set of management procedures which are based on the principle of natural justice.
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