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Academic Integrity


Academic integrity is acting in an honest, moral and fair way to complete any academic tasks in an academic setting (QQI, 2020). It is at the heart of all activity in the institute, and depends on individuals approaching any academic task or research in an honest and moral way. This is guided by the TUS Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy which applies to all learners at all levels in the institute who are undertaking any academic work contributing to an award, or credits.

Academic misconduct is any attempt to seek unfair advantage in relation to any academic activity.

Examples of this include:

  • Copying parts of your assignment without acknowledging the source of the information, including copying work from another student.
  • Not acknowledging direct quotes in your work, even if you have cited them.
  • Paraphrasing without citing the source of the information.
  • Incomplete or inaccurate citations in your work.
  • Collusion – getting assistance from someone to complete work that should be your own.
  • Collaborating – working with others to complete an assignment that is an individual assignment.
  • Self-plagiarism – reusing your own work that you have previously submitted for an assessment.
  • Buying assignments – this is also called contract cheating. This is dishonest and does not reflect your learning in any way. It can also have a serious impact on your future.
  • Using AI to complete part or all of an assignment unless specifically permitted as part of the assessment.  Any use of AI must be acknowledged correctly.

QQI Academic Integrity PDF Resources:

NAIN Webinars:





NAIN have number of podcasts offering Continuous Professional Development in academic integrity. The individual links are listed below, or you can subscribe to the series here at QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland)

Contact: Catherine O’Donoghue ( or the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and Development (CPID) (