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Academic Integrity for USQ Students

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning and research. 

As a USQ student, you are part of an academic community and you are asked to:

  • act honestly and ethically in all your academic work and assessment tasks by only presenting work you have completed yourself.
  • give recognition to any direct quotes used from other authors or to those authors whose work has made an intellectual contribution to the contents of your work. Acknowledge your sources by using the referencing system relevant to your discipline.
  • acknowledge shared ownership of ideas in group projects or assessment tasks with a clear statement of individual’s contributions alongside your own original work.

Academic integrity matters - producing your own work, to the best of your ability means you have demonstrated what you have learnt and you have earned your qualifications. This will help you navigate opportunities and challenges in the workplace and succeed as a professional in your chosen career.

How to maintain your academic integrity during the alternate assessment period


  • Prepare for your exam using your own notes and resources
  • Make yourself aware of the support available if you’re experiencing hardship. For example if you’re unable to complete your S1 exams due to medical, work or personal grounds you can apply for a deferred exam.
  • Ensure you have a stable internet connection and reliable device.  If you are concerned, you can access USQ’s 24 hour computer labs to complete your assessments.
  • Ensure you have fully completed, and submitted your exams by the set closing date and time.
  • Turn off any VPNs or location masking devices while completing your online assessment –VPN use can be an indicator of academic misconduct.
  • Contact USQ for support. If you encounter a technical failure during your assessment you must telephone USQ within 15 minutes of losing access. 24/7 support is available during the alternate assessment period.


  • Don’t refer to notes that you have shared such as summaries or notes from classes with other students to avoid having highly similar answers in the exam
  • Don’t arrange to do your exam together with your friends – although you may have honest intentions, if we detect students completing the exams at the same time and in the same location, this may amount to collusion
  • Don’t attempt an exam on your phone as it may slow you down
  • Don’t use websites that have example answers and solutions available to purchase. Under Australia’s anti-cheating laws, the promotion or sale of academic cheating services is illegal. 

Still not sure? Visit the alternate assessment website or contact the iconnect team if you have any questions!

Mandatory Academic Integrity Training

A new Student Academic Misconduct Procedure and Penalty Schedule will be in effect from 22 February 2021. One of the updated requirements is that all students must undertake Mandatory Academic Integrity Training so you can learn about academic integrity, how academic misconduct is managed at USQ and resources to help you with your referencing and writing.  You can access the module in any of your courses on the Assessment Page of StudyDesk from 14 February 2021 or via this link

You are only required to complete it once per year and it will take you between 15-30 minutes to complete.

Each of your courses will restrict your access to the first assessment item submission link until you have completed the course. This means you will most likely complete the training in week 1 or 2 of semester, to ensure you can access your assessment submission links.

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