Student and staff understanding and reaction: academic integrity in an Australian university

Peter Busch*, Ayse Bilgin

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Academic integrity is becoming increasingly important to managing academic institutions. Accordingly there are efforts to uniformly assess campus attitudes to such issues as cheating in assessments along with the policies and procedures in place to address them. This paper seeks to summarize and understand the attitude of the students and academic staff at an Australian university towards academic integrity, as reflected in the results of a campus-wide survey, using both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The main finding of the quantitative results was the disconnect between academic staff and students belief’s about academic honesty and the reactions of students and academics to dishonest behaviour. Four key themes of academic honesty were identified through qualitative analysis, being those of cheating, student, solutions to cheating and general concerns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-243
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Academic Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014


  • Academic honesty
  • Academic integrity
  • Grounded theory
  • Plagiarism


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