Academic integrity

Academic integrity, honesty, and a respect for knowledge, truth and ethical practices are fundamental to the business of the University.

This is the very first line of the University of Newcastle’s Student Academic Integrity Policy and it should inform the way you approach your exams – and your studies as a whole.

All students must complete an Academic Integrity Module (AIM) before the end of their first semester, trimester or block.

Academic Integrity Module (AIM)

The Module reduces plagiarism and academic fraud by teaching students the University’s five values of academic integrity:

  • Honesty
  • Fairness
  • Trust
  • Responsibility
  • Respect

The Module is an online test completed in Canvas, which should take around 30 minutes to complete.

You must score 100 per cent to pass, although you can take the test as many times as you need within your first term.

Read more about Academic Integrity Module (AIM).

Oral Examination (Viva)

You may be invited to attend an Oral Examination (Viva) with your Course Coordinator as a way to both verify the authorship of assessments and as a quality assurance measure.

An Oral Examination (Viva) is a way for you to demonstrate alignment of performance and to reflect on assessment processes. Your performance in an Oral Examination (Viva) should demonstrate you understand the material at a level that is similar to the work submitted in the related assessment task. An Oral Examination (Viva) provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and ability.

If your Course Coordinator has concerns regarding the authorship of your work following an Oral Examination (Viva) this matter may be referred to the Student Academic Conduct Officer for your school.

Find out more in the Oral Examination (Viva) Procedure.


For more information on academic integrity, see the University’s policies:

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