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Academic Integrity

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Academic integrity is the moral code of academia.
All ATU staff & students are responsible for maintaining academic integrity.


Academic Integrity is also known as Academic Misconduct or Academic Dishonesty.

  • Academic integrity means you must have honesty, responsibility and fairness in your studies and acknowledge the work of others by giving credit where you have used other’s work.
  • Academic integrity means that ATU staff, in their teaching and students, in their learning, are expected to treat others with respect - fairly and honestly at all times. Abusing, being deceitful or stealing work from others is not acceptable.
  • Academic integrity is important because it is the principal merit on which the colleges' learning, teaching and research accomplishments are fostered.
  • Academic Integrity is about conducting research, writing, and teaching with integrity and honesty.

In short, academic integrity means:

  • Doing your academic work well and with honesty, and
  • Giving credit to other people′s work and ideas by correctly citing and referencing the original source.


Academic Integrity Standards

The following examples infringe standards of academic integrity:

  • Submitting other people’s work as your own.
  • Submitting similar or identical work for more than one assessment.
  • Falsifying research data, results or other research matter.
  • Providing incorrect information to obtain unfair concessions.

Academic Success: Skills for Learning, Skills for Life

The content in these modules support students as they settle into college and will guide them through what is often unfamiliar territory both academically, socially and personally. The Academic Success programme will help focus on your goals and motivations, while also teaching new, vital skills for succeeding in higher education and enabling students to participate effectively in college. ATU login required.


  • Course 1: What is higher education for? Donegal - Galway Mayo - Sligo 

  • Course 2: Introduction to student skills. Donegal - Galway Mayo - Sligo 

  • Course 2: Academic Integrity. Donegal - Galway Mayo - Sligo 


Useful Resources

Cite Them Right

Find out about the principles behind referencing and how to acknowledge the information sources that you use.

YouTube Video

What is Academic Integrity?

Made for the Simon Fraser University Academic Integrity Video Contest.

ATU Podcast

What is Academic Integrity?

From ATU Library.

Academic Integrity #MyOwnWork

From the QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland).