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Academic integrity is the responsibility of all staff and students at CCT. Academic integrity involves:

“Compliance with ethical and professional principles, standards and practices and a consistent system of values, that serves as guidance for making decisions and taking actions in education, research and scholarship” (NAIN, 2021)

Academic misconduct covers all behaviours which contravene academic integrity. Academic misconduct is any attempt by someone to:

"Seek unfair advantage in relation to academic activity or which facilitates others to gain an unfair advantage, or to profit from the sharing or selling of your own or others’ work without permission.” (NAIN, 2021) 


The list of behaviours classified as academic misconduct includes but is not restricted to:

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism or seeking to submit the work of others as their own, with or without author's consent
  • Submitting work which has been created artificially, e.g., by a machine or through artificial intelligence
  • Self-plagiarism
  • Collusion in the completion of an assessment where this is not authorised
  • Taking unauthorised materials into an examination or having them on your person during the course of an examination
  • Accessing unauthorised materials during the course of an examination
  • Obtaining or attempting to obtain an examination paper or marking scheme in advance of an examination
  • Academic fraud including fabrication and falsification of data or documents
  • Disseminating CCT materials or assessment submissions to other students, directly or through third parties including file sharing websites
  • Impersonation
  • Use of essay mills or other means through which the completion of assessments is undertaken by another party
  • Contract Cheating: using an undeclared and/or unauthorised third party, online or in person, to assist them to produce work for academic credit or progression, whether or not payment or other favour is involved. This is deemed a serious breach of academic integrity
  • Bribery and coercion

To learn more about academic Integrity, please view the video and slides on the right-hand side of the page.

The College distinguishes between academic misconduct and academic naivety. It is understood that naivety is a form of inadvertent misconduct and may occur in learners new to higher education.

However, as learners progress on their academic journey, it is expected they have developed their knowledge and understanding of acceptable academic conduct and the expectations within CCT.

For more information on the College's Policies, please read the CCT Academic Misconduct Policy listed under section 5  of the Quality Assurance manual.

  Quality Assurance Manual  



AKNOWLEDGEMENT: I Acknowledge the use of Grammarly for the purpose of enhancing the clarity and sentence flow of this text.

Since generative artificial intelligence (AI) is being used more and more in academic research, students may not be aware that their work may lose its academic integrity due to a lack of clear standards on how to utilise these technologies. Therefore, it is important to be clear about how AI can be used ethically in academic work. 

Below, you will find a set of  guidelines that will help you ensure that you work is Academically sound.

  • Review Assignment Guidelines: Before using an AI tool, look at the guidelines for the use of AI listed in the assignment brief. The use of AI may be allowed, restricted to certain functions or forbidden,  depending on the nature of the assignment. If you can't find a mention of the acceptable use of AI in the assignment brief, please ask your lecturer.
  • Be transparent on your AI Use: If you use an AI tool, be transparent about it. Include a clear statement on your cover page acknowledging the specific tool used and a brief explanation of its purpose (e.g., “I acknowledge the use of [enter name of the AI tool you used] for the purpose of [provide a brief explanation of how you used the tool”].
  • Remember to cite AI-Generated Content: If you use AI to generate content, such as formulas or code snippets, for example, you should always include a citation in your reference list. You can find information on how to reference platforms with and without direct URLs, on the Harvard Referencing section of this website.
  • Perform a critical Evaluation of AI Output: AI tools are capable of generating content; however, they are not currently capable of analysing or critically evaluating it. To ensure the accuracy and depth of your work, you should always do the following:
    • Cross-reference with Scholarly Sources: Always compare AI suggestions with established academic sources. This verification process ensures the reliability of the information used.

    • Incorporate Your Insights: Go beyond the AI output. While AI tools excel at specific tasks, they are unable to match human critical thinking and analytical skills. By adding your own critical analysis and insights, you demonstrate a deeper understanding of the subject matter. 

  • Avoid committing Plagiarism: AI-generated content can sometimes include inaccurate or fake references. It may also create text that includes somebody's work without crediting the author. For this reason, it is essential to verify all the sources suggested by the AI tool to avoid unintentional plagiarism.

By adhering to these principles, you can effectively use AI tools to enhance your academic journey while maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity.