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Academic honesty and plagiarism

Student doing examInternational students have a significant risk of unintentionally plagiarising or failing to comply with academic honesty expectations.

  • Consider spending class time discussing the specific risks of plagiarism in the given assignment and reasons why it is not acceptable.
  • Confirm that students are aware of how to reference appropriately.
  • Discuss openly the risks of dishonesty for international students including difficulties in appropriate paraphrasing and the importance of independent thought.
  • Designing assignments against plagiarism includes asking students to evaluate and analyse rather than describe events/theories.


Academic honesty is a key value at University of Sydney. Adopting this value and learning to act accordingly is a process students require support in.

International students may have more complicated journey learning about academic honesty based on their diverse educational history.


  • Role-modelling good referencing practice in lecture notes and slides can provide a method of sharing the value of academic honesty.
  • Consider inviting the library liaison to help with teaching students about research and referencing.
  • Consider using examples from previous cohorts to show how appropriate referencing helped the students to gain better marks.

Further resources

  • Explain how to deal with referencing - you might refer students to the library or provide them with your own guides.
  • Library liaisons are usually happy to come and talk to your students about research and referencing.
  • Academic honesty and other information skills: the Library has information for students on developing information skills, including about academic honesty.