Understanding and practising academic integrity is vital to success in your studies at NTU, and to your professional life when you graduate from NTU. But as a new student, you may not yet understand what is meant by academic integrity, and what is required of you. Often, academic integrity is described as the avoidance of plagiarism, but it can also include the avoidance of academic fraud. This short introduction is designed to give you a brief outline of what you need to know and where you can go to find out more.
Why is the practice of academic integrity vital to success? To begin with, by avoiding both plagiarism and academic fraud, you are demonstrating a greater level of sophistication in your work to your professors. Properly citing references, quoting correctly, and using secondary material in a scholarly way, makes visible how much extra work you have done, and it also shows your ability to evaluate evidence and to use evidence to support your work. If you simply cut and paste, or copy from another source, without any referencing or quotation marks, then it looks as if you have not used any other sources.
Academic work at university is about building new knowledge on already existing knowledge, and by clearly showing that you have used other sources in your work to build on, you are demonstrating how well you have learnt good academic practice.
The principles of academic integrity are shared by students and faculty alike. They apply just as much to faculty undertaking research, as to students undertaking a degree programme.
What you have to do to learn more
- Read the Academic Integrity website (http://academicintegrity.ntu.edu.sg). Here you will find more detail about what academic integrity refers to, and how to practise it and maintain it. The Academic Integrity website will also help you to complete the Academic Integrity Course, an interactive online self-study course that you have to pass in order to graduate.
Do the Academic Integrity Course. You are required to complete the Academic Integrity Online Module which includes reading the information provided online and doing an online quiz. More information on the Academic Integrity Course is available
Use Turnitin. Turnitin is a "text-matching" software. You can submit your assignments to Turnitin if your lecturers have created it as a Turnitin assignment and it will show you exactly where your work matches that of other students and where it matches published work. From this, your professors can see whether you have made proper acknowledgement of the work of others. Turnitin is a useful tool for you to learn and to help you maintain academic integrity.
Academic Integrity at NTU
NTU takes academic integrity seriously. Academic misconduct is regarded as a very serious offence by the University. It is considered as an instance of violation of the NTU Honour Code which could warrant disciplinary actions ranging from failing the assignment, failing the course, suspension and to expulsion from the University. So to begin with, it's important that you understand the definitions set out below.