Postgraduate academic integrity investigation process T1-2020

Project Details


In Trimester 1, 2020, the postgraduate business courses (MBA, MBIS, MGPM, and MPA) piloted a new Academic Integrity (AI) reporting, investigation and resolution process. During the trial trimester, over 540 AI breaches went through the new process.
• The majority of the reported cases came from the MBA course (254 cases) and MBIS course (223 cases).
• On average, cases were successfully investigated and resolved in less than five days.
• 351, or 64%, of reported cases were determined to be breaches.
• Contract cheating was the most common breach type both in the reported and resolved cases.

The pilot project was undertaken by a team of four: two full-time academic staff members supported by an Academic Services Officer (ASO) and a paid casual academic staff working 30 hours each week in the role of Academic Integrity Officer (AIO).

The pilot aimed to streamline all aspects of the investigation process by enhancing the information flow and minimising the number of stakeholders involved and duplication of tasks. Currently, the new process is aligned to the TUA Academic Integrity policy but not to the Academic Integrity Procedure.

Key findings

The project has been a success both in terms of efficiency and consistency in handling AI breaches across the four postgraduate business courses. It is a recommendation of the team involved in the pilot to review the Academic Integrity policy and procedure and to extend the same process across the entire organisation.

1. Review Academic integrity policy and procedure.
2. Adopt uniform AI reporting and investigation process across the organisation.
3. Resource a designated academic within Vertical (or within specific programs in Vertical) to take ownership of the investigation process. Allocate workload for a dedicated Academic Services Officer to support in investigations.
4. Educate both lecturers and students on academic integrity.
5. Offer students more support in academic writing and English language.
6. Audit classes to check students’ work to see if and what lecturers are reporting as AI breaches.
7. Embed educative material about appropriate academic conduct/practices into Blackboard classes.
8. Establish an AI committee to oversee consistency and AI strategies.
9. Create a dedicated site for AI online reporting form and student-facing information.
Short titlePG AI process
Effective start/end date2/01/201/01/21


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