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Academic Integrity

When you study at university you will be in an environment where the creation of knowledge is valued for itself and where you will be stimulated to become a critical thinker, and a productive and ethical citizen (University of Waikato Charter). You and perhaps your families are making a major investment in your study here because you want to achieve a university qualification of which you can be proud and which others will respect and that when you graduate you can be proud of your achievements and the University can be assured that it is all your own work.

The gaining of this qualification also includes learning things other than the subject matter of the discipline in which you will major. You will learn primarily to be an independent thinker, someone who is able think about important questions and who tries to answer them; someone who is not afraid to ask these questions and to search for the answers. You will learn an extensive range of skills and tools to enable you to be an accomplished learner, thinker and researcher. All these factors require academic integrity, high standards of honesty and personal conduct underpinned by respect and trust between all members of the university community. If you are enrolled in a programme of study that is externally accredited, such as Law, Teaching, Accountancy or Social Work, you will be required to show that you are of good character. If you have any findings of misconduct for breaches of University Regulations you will be required to declare these.

If differences and disputes arise between members of the University community, it is expected that they will attempt to resolve such conflicts reasonably and co-operatively. Formal procedures should be used only where other methods of resolving conflicts have been ineffective or would be inappropriate.

It is University policy that discipline procedures conform to the principles of natural justice to safeguard the rights of students and staff.  This means students and complainants have the right to all evidence related to the complaint and to have that evidence considered by an impartial and unbiased person or persons.


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