UG Handbook - Academic Integrity

Academic integrity represents a set of values and behaviours which members of the academic community abide by. To be a trusted member of this academic community you must understand and demonstrate academic integrity in your studies and the work you produce. Such values include honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

Online Academic Integrity Tutorial

You are required to successfully complete the University Online Academic Integrity Tutorial within your first year, preferably within the first few weeks. 

The tutorial is on the VLE and will take you through key principles around integrity and how to avoid things like plagiarism and collusion. If you do not uphold the values and conventions of academic integrity, you may be subject to the University’s academic misconduct procedures.


Referencing is a key aspect of academic writing and is used to clearly identify information and ideas that come from source materials. It is essential to acknowledge other people's ideas in this way so that you can avoid committing plagiarism. Incorrect or non-existent referencing can constitute misconduct.

The department’s chosen referencing method is APA Style.


Turnitin is a text-matching software designed to help students integrate material into assignments correctly. All students can use Turnitin once you complete the online Turnitin tutorial on the VLE. 

Academic misconduct

Academic misconduct means breaking the rules of academic integrity and this is why we regard any form of academic misconduct as a very serious offence. See the University policy for what we consider to be academic misconduct

Our advice on Artificial Intelligence (AI) use in assessment is that we expect you not to use AI to generate assessment answers unless you have been explicitly told that you may or must do so.

Students facing academic misconduct issues can contact YUSU’s Advice and Support Centre for help.

To contact the Student Documentation maintainers please email (use your University of York email address).