The academic community depends on academic integrity - it's how we know our work is ethical and trustworthy.

As a student, academic integrity is also an essential part of your studies. These resources and tools will help you develop your academic practice.

The  has identified five key principles of academic integrity:

Honesty

You acknowledge what's your own work, and where ideas or contributions came from others.

Trust

Others can trust that your work is your own and your findings come from well-conducted research.

Fairness

You're fair by showing good academic practice, and are treated fairly by other students doing the same.

Respect

Showing respect for diverse opinions and ideas across the academic community.

Responsibility

Understanding good academic integrity practice and applying it in your work.

Online integrity tutorials

All students must complete a compulsory online integrity tutorial:

  • Academic Integrity Tutorial - taught students (undergraduate and taught masters)
  • Research Integrity Tutorial - postgraduate research students (PhD and research masters)
  • IPC Integrity Tutorial - students at the International Pathway College

You can find the appropriate integrity tutorial in your VLE module list. If you have more than one version, you only need to do the tutorial once.

If you do not have an Integrity Tutorial in your VLE module list, email integrity@york.ac.uk.

Referencing

A key aspect of academic integrity is using referencing to clearly identify information and ideas that come from source materials. It's essential to acknowledge other people's ideas in this way so that you can avoid committing plagiarism.

There are two components of referencing: citations to identify source information in the text and a final reference list with the full details of each source used. There are different referencing styles depending on the subject area, but most departments only use one. 

Turnitin

Turnitin is 鈥榯ext matching鈥 software used to evaluate the integrity of student writing.

It compares assignments to a database of papers, books, web pages and student work and identifies any matching text. Large matches may suggest that source information hasn鈥檛 been appropriately paraphrased or summarised.

You can use Turnitin as part of your writing process to help you check your use of source information. To access the Turnitin submission points, complete the Online Turnitin Tutorial in your VLE module list.

Academic misconduct

Academic misconduct is any kind of cheating or attempt to gain an unfair advantage. Common types of academic misconduct:

  • plagiarism: using someone else鈥檚 words/ideas without appropriate referencing
  • collusion: inappropriate collaboration with other students
  • commissioning: using work written or improved by someone else, eg friends, family or essay-writing companies.

Learn more about academic misconduct and how to avoid it in your online integrity tutorial. For full guidelines, see the University's Academic Misconduct Policy and Procedures. Not being aware of the types of academic misconduct is not an acceptable defence. 

If you're accused of academic misconduct:

The University regards any form of academic misconduct as an extremely serious matter. If you're accused of academic misconduct, you will be able to explain your case in writing or in an interview.

Being accused of academic misconduct can be a very stressful experience and can have a significant impact on your studies. You can seek advice from your supervisor, or the (for postgraduate students).