The University of Queensland (UQ) is committed to upholding academic integrity as a core value.

We act with integrity and professionalism and uphold the highest ethical standards. We are committed to transparency and accountability.

The International Center for Academic Integrity explains that academic integrity is a commitment to the values of ‘honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage’. 

The Higher Education Standards Framework 2015 issued by the Australian Government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) defines academic integrity as ‘the moral code of academia'. It involves using, generating and communicating information in an ethical, honest and responsible manner’ (Monash University Academic Integrity Policy 2013 cited in TEQSA Guidance Note: Academic Integrity). 

UQ Academic Integrity Action Plan

The UQ Academic Integrity Action Plan (PDF, 524KB) defines and promotes the principles of academic integrity at UQ. This Plan presents 13 recommendations that embody strategies to enhance current academic integrity, prevent student academic misconduct, and respond more effectively when misconduct is identified. The approach addresses the full life cycle from prevention, detection, response to ongoing continuous improvement.

Summary of recommendations

  • Establish a Student Academic Honour Code
  • Develop an operationally enforceable Student Code of Conduct, to replace the current Student Charter
  • Provide an educative online academic integrity program for students and staff to complete
  • Create an encouraging environment for students to report breaches of academic integrity by their peers
  • Adopt an educative approach to sharing past breaches and the penalties with students
  • Develop a support program for students with English as an additional language (EAL) or who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
  • Implement a campaign to promote the importance of academic integrity
  • Revise the academic integrity and misconduct policy
  • Support academic staff and integrity officers within schools regarding suspected and actual breaches of academic integrity (see resources, UQ staff login required)
  • Review the Assessment PPL entry to include Identify Verified Assessment with Hurdles
  • Support staff in the design and uptake of new assessments and reliable eAssessment tasks.

The implementation of the Plan began in 2020 and many of the recommendations have already been realised. 

Academic integrity resources (UQ staff)

Resources have been developed to support academic and professional staff.