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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

VALUES, SKILLS, ACTION


THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

WEEK 1 WHAT IS ACADEMIC INTEGRITY? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?


1.9 TRANSITION FROM DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS TO UNIVERSITY
JASON: For most of us, entering university marks a major life transition. It involves
not only a move into a new community, but often a move to a new city, or even a
new country. It's not surprising then, that you are likely to encounter some
differences in your new community.
For example, you might find that some of the fundamental values, such as respect
and responsibility, take on a different meaning and level of importance in academia.
Let's have a listen to some of our students to hear what they have to say about
what it was like to transition to university.
ALLY: In my culture, respect for family is very important. If I had an assignment and
I needed help, I would always ask my father. When I went to university, I learned
that if I ever needed help, I must ask my lecturer, not my father. It can be really
hard if you're used to looking to your parents for support. I know my family still
supports me, but now I know there are other people who can support me too, like
teaches and learning advisers. That's what they're there for.
JASON: And when we talk about different cultures, we don't just mean country or
ethnicity. Universities can also have quite different culture from high school.
Here's what a couple of our students have to say about transitioning from high
school to university.
JOSH: Uni's a big step up from high school. There's more freedom.
SOPHIE: Now I have to manage my own time. Like, no one checks up on me if I don't
go to a lecture or hand in work.
JOSH: Seriously, when did she ever skip a lecture?
SOPHIE: I've got more freedom. But I've also got more responsibility. That includes
referencing to a standard that my lecturers expect. I'm really careful to reference
words and ideas that aren't mine.
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JOSH: Yeah, she's pretty good about that stuff.


SOPHIE: I have to make sure I have enough time to do all of my assignments. So I'm
not tempted to take shortcuts or forget to cite stuff. Basically since moving to uni,
I've had to tighten up my writing, and worry about details that I didn't have to in
high school.
JASON: So we can see that when we start at university, it doesn't really matter
whether we've come from high school, another university, or even another country.
We're likely to encounter some differences. But it's your responsibility to ensure
that you understand those differences, and to act in a manner consistent with the
fundamental values of academic integrity.

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