Choosing to act with integrity in everything you do, including in all aspects of your studies, is the right decision.
We understand it can be hard to uphold when you're under pressure, but this is no excuse.
Most cases of academic misconduct relate to students who are under stress because of time, life pressures or performance expectations.
The most important thing to remember is to reach out for help rather than doing the wrong thing.
- Use the range of resources, learning opportunities and support systems to help with your studies, and
- Let people know if you're unable to meet a deadline and need help.
How to Uphold Academic Integrity
Behave with Academic Integrity
Understand the behaviours that support academic integrity. Keep in mind that all members of the Bond University community are responsible for adhering to the Academic Integrity Policy and promoting academic honesty and integrity in all aspects of academic work and study.
Adopt the following behaviours without exception:
- Act ethically and do the ‘right thing’, even during difficult times.
- Track and acknowledge information sources. There are referencing systems and reliable tools to help with this.
- Complete your work individually and never share assignments or answer sheets.
- Use information appropriately. When paraphrasing other people’s work, abide by copyright and privacy laws, Bond University policy, and intellectual property regulations.
- Take advantage of courses and classes that support study skill development.
- Conduct research ethically and in line with legislation and Bond University policy.
- Accurately and honestly report on your research findings.
Be Well Informed
Effective study is important to good scholarship and academic integrity. Adopt the following study habits and seek help if you need it.
- Become familiar with the resources and support services available to you.
- Ensure that you understand the requirements and expectations of your course and the University.
- Know your strengths and stretches, and reach out for help as soon as you need it.
- Develop skills such as note taking and how to read efficiently.
- Get to know your educators and student support staff and don’t be afraid to clarify assessment requirements or course content.
Manage your Time
Minimise study stress by managing your time and seeking support. Never default to cheating.
- Plan your semester using Bond’s Assignment and Study planner and the Weekly Scheduling Tool.
- Use the study planner or diary to keep track of when your assessments are due and block out preparation time.
- Set academic goals and track these throughout the semester. Dr. Russell McPhee’s Grade Calculator can help you determine if you are on track.
- Adopt a file naming protocol so that you can find assessment drafts and information.
- For teamwork assignments, schedule meetings well in advance.
Know your Strengths and Limitations
Being a student can be hard! To reduce stress, know your strengths and get help to develop key study skills.
For example, consider your ability to:
- Read efficiently (targetted reading)
- Read critically
- Take notes or summarise information to promote retention
- Study effectively
- Reference accurately
- Know how to avoid plagiarism when paraphrasing, quoting and summarising the works of others- this includes not using paraphrasing software or sharing assessments internally or uploading them to third-party sites
- Communicate with an academic voice
- Understand and link concepts together
- Commit to distributed practice (completing parts of a task, weekly)
- Deliver a presentation
- Create an academic essay or reflection
To learn more about how to learn and how to prepare for assessments, listen to the presentation on Planning and organising your assignment.
Visit the Academic Skills Centre or check out their resources on enhancing your skills, organisation, time-management, and ability to work well within groups.
Other support services include Beyond Bond and Bond Connect.
Use the University Support Services
Did you know that help-seeking behaviour is one of the attributes employers look for in graduate recruits? Many of our most successful students use the University Support Services for anything from refining complex writing tasks to managing work and study. We also have experts who can help with overcoming academic, medical or psychological stress. The Academic Skills Centre, for example, offers students the opportunity to book one-on-one appointments (up to one 30-minute session per week, each week). Click on the links below or email us at [email protected].
Get to Know the Library and Your Faculty Librarians
Bond University Library offers a range of support services including:
- Help with research
- Help with referencing and referencing guides
- Information tools and apps
- Course guides
- Information skills
The Faculty Librarians are your first point of contact for conversations about how the Library can help.
- You can book one-on-one appointments with Faculty Librarians.
- You can also submit your questions online.
- Other services include workshops and library tours.
- The Library offers resources that help to protect against misconduct by enhancing referencing and research skills.
- Track and organise referencing sources when researching and working on assessments. This can be done using Bond’s subscription to various reference management tools (eg. Mendeley, EndNote and RefWorks).
- The University Library can help with advice on information resources, literature reviews, current awareness, open access, and bibliometrics.
Look After Yourself
Students struggling with their mental and physical health – to the point where it is adversely impacting their studies – sometimes choose to ignore or avoid managing their situation. Suffering in silence rather than reaching out for support can lead to an act of academic misconduct, just to ‘get by.’
It is important to look after yourself. Bond University is committed to providing programs, services and a supportive environment to ensure the wellbeing of all students both on campus and off-shore. Our team is prepared with an all-encompassing service that takes into consideration every aspect of student wellbeing. We:
- Provide confidential, non-judgmental and inclusive support.
- Connect students to appropriate support services such as counselling, accessibility, mentoring, academic support, medical and career pathways.
Click on the services below to find the right support for you.
Unsure where to start? Contact a Student Wellbeing Advisor for a chat.
Connect with the Student Affairs and Service Quality Team (SASQ)
We understand that study can be challenging, and our Student Affairs and Service Quality (SASQ) Teams at Bond are committed to providing a professional and responsive support service to students. Student health and wellbeing is a key priority and we assist by providing a confidential, personalised support service.
Should you need assistance, please contact your Faculty SASQ team to arrange an appointment.
- Bond University College (BUC) has a dedicated SASQ Team to help you adjust to life at university and support you as you transition from a pathway program to your full degree.
- The Team will also support you with enrolments and study plans, academic progression, processes, and policies, and assist you with navigating and using the many university support services offered to students.
- SASQ - Bond Business School
- SASQ - Faculty of Law
- SASQ - Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
- SASQ - Faculty of Society and Design
Faculty / Academic Unit- Email contacts
- Bond University College [email protected]
- Bond Business School [email protected]
- Faculty of Law [email protected]
- Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine [email protected]
- Faculty of Society & Design [email protected]
- Core Curriculum/Transformation CoLab [email protected]
Get to Know the Bond University Student Association
The Bond University Student Association (BUSA) is your student organisation and provides services to the broader student community. BUSA's mission is to make student life at Bond more rewarding. Activities range from enhancing academic pursuits through to facilitating sporting involvement and satisfying social necessities. BUSA is a voluntary, apolitical group of elected students here to represent you and help you make the most of your time at Bond.
BUSA offers a number of services and support to students, including:
- clubs, societies and association support
- social, educational and cultural events
- acting as your voice on University issues
- external connections
Visit the Facebook page to keep up to date with announcements and events.