What is academic integrity and what is plagiarism?

What is academic integrity?

What is plagiarism?

What are some examples of plagiarism?

What is self-plagiarism?

How do I avoid plagiarising?

What are the penalties I could face if I am found to have plagiarised?


Academic integrity and honesty are fundamental principles in teaching and learning at SAE. The Institute aims to produce graduates with strong ethical and moral values. An essential aspect of academic integrity is producing your own original work.

Plagiarism is using the work of others without due acknowledgement, deliberately or inadvertently, and proclaiming it or allowing it to be considered as one’s own. This applies to all written documents, interpretations, computer software, designs, music, sounds, images, photographs, and ideas that were created by someone else.

Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic values and has potentially serious consequences. See the steps in dealing with academic integrity matters in the SAE Academic Integrity Procedure which is designed to support the implementation of the Academic Integrity Policy. While there are cases of deliberate plagiarism or cheating, most cases of student plagiarism are the result of ignorance, carelessness or a lack of good writing skills.

Common forms of plagiarism include:

  • Copying or paraphrasing another person's work (any document, audio-visual material, computer-based material or artistic piece) without appropriate acknowledgement of the source.
  • Representing the work of another person as your own work.
  • Submitting an assignment that is all or partly written or created by someone else (including AI tools).

How to avoid plagiarism:

  • Write all your notes in your own words.
  • Improve your note-taking skills - write down where you obtained the information you put in your notes.
  • Learn how to quote, paraphrase or summarise. Always cite the sources of ideas and information. Do this even when paraphrasing.
  • At the end of your work, write a full list of references.
  • For details of how to reference and cite sources, see the APA7 Referencing guide.


  • Last Updated Nov 01, 2023
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  • Answered By Casey Howe

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