In a general sense, academic integrity is about ensuring that all students behave in a certain way, that creates a fair grounds for learning. As a student, you are responsible for completing your own work, and your work should be your own (not plagiarised in any way). When referring to other individual's work, these should be cited in line with your school's reference policy.
Community as a resource can be a fantastic addition to any student's repertoire of revision resources. With access to thousands of useful, hand-crafted notes on our platform, it can be very easy to forget how you should be using the study materials.
It's very important when you are using Community to ensure that you are using it in a way that's consistent with your school's / institution's expectations of you as a student. As a student at a specific education institution, there will be certain expectations put on you to ensure that you are studying with academic integrity.
As such, we have put together a few tips and summaries for how you can use our platform, without breaking your institution or school's academic integrity policies.
First and foremost, it's very important that you become acquainted with your individual school's academic integrity policy. Whilst we have provided some general rules that you can aim to follow below, ultimately each academic integrity policy can potentially vary from another. This means that our generalised guide may not fully cover all of the specifics of your school's guide - and therefore it is your responsibility to ensure that you're aware of these policies. Typically, these can be found by Googling "[University] academic integrity policy" (inserting your specific school into the search terms - but if you can't find this online, reach out to your school directly!
Academic Integrity and Community
We have summarised the fundamental ideas of academic integrity into five core points, and outlined how these can be applied within the context of Community (sourced and adapted from the International Center for Academic Integrity). These ideas would not just apply when looking at other people's study materials and uploading your own, but also in a wider sense when using Community:
- Honesty: You are honest about where your ideas came from in your material (whether they are original or taken from another source) and how the results were obtained.
- Fairness: Be fair to other community members - don’t take advantage of other people’s hard work by directly copying or plagiarising from other individual pieces.
- Trust: Trust is an essential part of what allows Community to grow and be useful to students. If nobody trusts anyone else's work, all of the study material on Community would be far less useful. As such, it's essential to ensure that your work is trustworthy - and that others can trust your work and values.
- Respect: It's important when using Community that you show other members on the app respect - after all, people share their hard work on Community, and a bit of respect and kindness can go a long way.
- Responsibility: Ultimately, you are responsible for your own understanding of the rules and academic values underpinning Community. Make sure to be aware of our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions, and understand that you are responsible for your own learning when using Community (and in a broader academic sense).
Please note, these are generalised summaries of the core values of academic integrity - and as such, we cannot guarantee that this outline will extensively cover your individual institution's academic integrity policy. It's essential that you review your school's academic policy to understand the expectations on yourself when using Community.