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Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds What does the phrase “academic integrity” mean to you? What values do you think this phrase invokes? Let’s hear what it means to some of our students. Honesty. I guess it means fairness. And you can show honesty and fairness by acknowledging ideas of others when you’ve used them. Like in groups, everyone has to contribute equally instead of someone taking over the whole group project. Trust. Doing your own work. My teachers trust me to create my own work. Yeah, not cheating. Respect. And that means taking responsibility for my own work. Great. These are all values that underpin what we mean by academic integrity. To that list, you might add one more, courage.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds We need courage, mental and moral strength, to stand up and do the right thing, especially when doing so might be unpopular and costly. All of the values mentioned here are part of the Fundamental Values project. Fundamental values, like what we’ve just been talking about. Sounds kind of serious. Just like what we were saying, fairness and stuff. But what is the Fundamental Values project? Good question. The Fundamental Values project was created to define a set of values for academic integrity and to identify and describe policies and practises that promoted those values. Specifically, the set of fundamental values defined included six values, honesty, respect, trust, fairness, responsibility, and courage.

Skip to 1 minute and 51 seconds They’re fundamental because they serve as the foundation upon which all healthy academic communities are built and sustained. Like me, you are now part of an academic community. And like me, you too are now obliged to act in accord with these values in all your academic endeavours. OK. You’ve seen earlier what these values mean to our students. Now you have a think. What do they mean to you? How might they serve to guide and ground your behaviour as a student?

Fundamental values

In the previous step we explored the definition of academic integrity-both the dictionary definition and your own interpretation of it.

In this video we take a closer look at the values associated with academic integrity, namely the set of “foundational” values defined by the Fundamental Values Project: honesty, respect, trust, fairness, responsibility and courage (Fishman, 2012).

For more information about the Fundamental Values Project activities click here (International Center for Academic Integrity, 2012).

Watch the video above and think about the following:

  1. Which of these values are most important to you?
  2. How might you apply these to your behaviour as a student?

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