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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsHi, everyone. This week we're going to talk about academic dishonesty and what's not acceptable at university and how you can avoid such behaviour. We'll also look at your responsibilities in working in groups and collaborating with others and on the limitations of getting and giving help. Last, but not least, we'll briefly explore why some students cheat, even when they believe it's wrong. To get you started, have a look at the following situation. Think about which of the fundamental values we talked about last week are at play and what you would do in this situation. Hey, Soph. Have you finished assignment one yet? Almost. Hey, I was wondering, could you help me out with question one?

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsI haven't quite started, but could I copy your answers down? I don't think so, Josh. We could get into a lot of trouble, if you get caught copying my stuff. Come on, Soph, it's only worth 5%. Plus I'll change some of the words around. The lecturer won't even notice. Look, don't look at me like that. I'll even take you out to lunch. It can be hard to say no when someone asks to copy your work, especially if it's a friend. And it might seem harmless to copy or let someone copy from you when the assignment's not worth much. But it doesn't matter if the person is your best friend or if the assignment's only worth 5%.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 secondsAllowing someone to copy your academic work and submit it as their own violates several of our fundamental values. It's both dishonest to misrepresent the work you've done and unfair to freely acquire marks others had to earn. It also is a violation of trust, the trust extended to students by lecturers and by students to each other to be honest and play fair. In the example you just watched, both students would likely be found responsible for cheating and penalised accordingly. Hopefully, by the end of this week, you'll be more confident about how to avoid situations of academic dishonesty altogether and confront them effectively when they can't be avoided. But before we move on, let's find out what happened with Josh and Sophie.

Skip to 2 minutes and 4 secondsHow about a compromise? I'll buy you lunch while you get started on question one. Yeah, I guess I can live with that.

Welcome to Week 2

This video presents a common situation that may occur at university. As you watch the video, think about what values are at play and what you would do in this situation.

Over the duration of Week 2 you will look at various situations similar to the one in the video in order to help you better understand expectations at university and demonstrate academic integrity rather than dishonesty.

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Academic Integrity: Values, Skills, Action

The University of Auckland

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