Academic integrity

Academic integrity means that all staff and students—in teaching and learning—are expected to treat others honestly, fairly and with respect at all times.

Academic integrity

Plagiarising, cheating and misusing others’ academic work are not acceptable.

All members of the Victoria University of Wellington community are responsible for upholding academic integrity.

Academic integrity is important because it is the core value on which the University’s learning, teaching and research activities are based. The University’s reputation for academic integrity adds value to your qualification.


Plagiarism is a very serious matter. It is prohibited at Victoria University of Wellington.

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as if it were your own, whether you mean to or not.

‘Someone else’s work’ means anything that is not your own idea. Even if it is presented in your own style, you must still acknowledge your sources fully and appropriately.

If you are found to have plagiarised you may be penalised under the Student Conduct Statute. You could fail your course or even be suspended from the University.

Students can contact Student Learning for information and support around how to reference and cite appropriately.

You can find further information about plagiarism on the Student Learning website.

Resolving academic issues

If you have an academic issue, the first thing to do is to talk directly with your tutor, lecturer, supervisor, or course coordinator. Contact information for these members of staff can be found on your course outline.

If you prefer not to approach them directly, or have done so and the issue has not been resolved, you can then contact the Head of School or relevant Associate Dean. Contact information for your Head of School or relevant Associate Dean can be found on the University’s website.

You can also seek free advice from a team member in the University’s Student Interest and Conflict Resolution team, or the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association Student Advocate. They will be able to tell you about with formal procedures are available if the issue cannot be resolved informally.

Most courses have a class representative. You can discuss your issue with them and come up with a plan to address the issue. Contact information for your class representative can be found on your Blackboard course site, or from your course co-ordinator.