Academic honesty declaration

We encourage teaching staff to include a statement relating to academic integrity in all assessments. The following example can be adapted to best suit your needs. Wording may be changed slightly but the general sentiment should remain the same.

The following academic honesty declaration statement is also available as downloadable Word and PDF documents.

By completing this assessment, I agree to the following declaration:

I understand the University expects all students to complete coursework with integrity and honesty. I promise to complete all online assessment with the same academic integrity standards and values. Any identified form of poor academic practice or academic misconduct will be followed up and may result in disciplinary action.

As a member of the University’s student body, I will complete this assessment in a fair, honest, responsible and trustworthy manner. This means that:

  • I declare that this assessment is my own work, except where acknowledged appropriately (e.g., use of referencing).
  • I will not seek out any unauthorised help in completing this assessment.
  • I declare that this work has not been submitted for academic credit in another University of Auckland course, or elsewhere.
  • I am aware the University of Auckland may use Turnitin or any other plagiarism detecting methods to check my content.
  • I will not discuss the content of the assessment with anyone else in any form, including, Canvas, Piazza, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media within the assessment period.
  • I will not reproduce the content of this assessment in any domain or in any form where it may be accessed by a third party.

 

Note: Include as applicable e.g., STEM subjects.

  • I declare that I generated the calculations and data in this assessment independently, using only the tools and resources defined for use in this assessment.
  • I declare that I composed the writing and/or translations in this assessment independently, using only the tools and resources defined for use in this assessment.

Incorporate the academic honesty declaration into assessments

Choose an option from the table below that suits you, then expand the option heading for instructions.

Feature Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Ease of implementation Easiest Straightforward Moderate
The declaration can be edited to suit my requirements Yes Yes Yes
Records student responses to the declaration No Yes Yes
Can be set as compulsory No No Yes
Option 1: Incorporate the Academic Honesty Declaration as a Text (no question) quiz question

Include the Academic Honesty Declaration as the first question of the quiz you have set up using the Text (no question) question type. Please note however, that this option will not allow you to set up the Declaration as a required or compulsory activity (Use Option 3 to set up the Declaration as a required or compulsory activity).

  1. Select +New question in the edit mode of your quiz. This should be your first quiz question.
    Canvas screenshot showing the new question button
  2. Select the Text (no question) question type. Change “question” into “Academic Honesty Declaration” and copy/paste the Declaration into the text box.
    Canvas screenshot showing the text option from a drop-down list
  3. Click on Update question to save the Declaration before you go on to add your quiz questions.
Option 2: Incorporate the Academic Honesty Declaration as a Multiple choice quiz question

Include the Academic Honesty Declaration as the first question of the quiz you have set up using the Multiple choice question type. This option also will not allow you to set up the Declaration as a required or compulsory activity, i.e. students will be able to move on to other questions even if they choose “Disagree” (Use Option 3 to set up the Declaration as a required or compulsory activity).

  1. Select +New question in the edit mode of your quiz. This should be your first quiz question.
    Canvas screenshot showing the new question button
  2. Select the Multiple choice question type.
    Canvas screenshot showing the multiple-choice option from a drop-down list
  3. Change the heading “Question” to Academic Honesty Declaration and copy/type the Academic Honesty Declaration into the question. Set pts to 0, so as not to allocate any points for answering the declaration.
    Canvas screenshot showing the heading and text of the multiple-choice question
  4. Enter Agree in the Correct answer box and click on the trash icon to delete other Possible answer boxes.
    Canvas screenshot showing one possible answer (agree) to the multiple-choice question
  5. Click on Update question to save it.
  6. To check if it works go to Student view.
    Canvas screenshot showing the multiple-choice question in student view
Option 3: Import the Academic Honesty Declaration from a ready-made course in Canvas Commons

This option enables you to make agreeing to the Declaration a required/compulsory or a prerequisite activity for students to continue with their assessment as it has been set up as such in the course you need to import.

  1. Go to Canvas Commons by selecting Import from Commons in the right top corner of your Canvas course page.
    Canvas screenshot showing the Import from Commons button
  2. Enter “Academic Honesty Declaration” in the search box to find the course you will import/download. Then select the course.
    Canvas Commons screenshot showing the search criteria as academic honesty declaration
  3. Click on Import/Download and select the course you want to import to.
    Canvas Commons screenshot showing the import/download button
  4. Go back to your course, add a new Assignment Group and name it according to the assessment type. Design your assessment within the Assignment Group.
    Canvas screenshot showing the create a Group Assignment button
  5. Now, go to Modules and add your assessment to the Assessment Group module.
    Canvas screenshot showing the Modules section