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Assessment, Academic Integrity, and Academic Misconduct

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Submission of assignments

There is a range of ways you may submit your course work for assessment. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • email
  • posting through Blackboard or Moodle, and
  • standard post

It is very important to know how your department prefers to receive assignment material. Please follow any advice given in your course book or study guide. Do not hesitate to consult your course administrator or coordinator if you are unsure how to proceed.

You are strongly encouraged to retain a copy of all your assignment work. In the rare event of loss or damage after dispatch, the copy enables re-submission without causing you distress or further work.

Assignments, no matter how they are sent, need to be clearly identified with:

  • your name and student ID number
  • paper code and number
  • the module, unit and/or assignment number

This will provide further assurance of smooth and safe processing.

Late Submission and Extensions

Penalties for late submission of assignments

Some teaching teams impose penalties for assignments that are submitted late. Please check your course material at the beginning of your course to ascertain if these apply to you. There may even be policy variations within a single programme and between departments. If you are unable to reach the appropriate academic staff member with your extension request, you may lodge this with your course administrator to pass on.


Please note also that the granting of extensions does require adequate reason and that, in some instances, an extension might not be possible (for example, when a subsequent audioconference or online discussion forum has already reviewed the answers of other students).

Return of assignments

Your assignments will be returned as soon as marking is completed and the grades have been recorded. If, at any time, you become concerned about delay in return, please contact your course administrator or the teaching staff concerned. The University appreciates that the timely return of assessed work is especially important for distance students.

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Academic integrity and academic misconduct

Academic integrity

Academic integrity means being honest in your studying and assessments. It is the basis for ethical decision-making and behaviour in an academic context. Academic integrity is informed by the values of honesty, trust, responsibility, fairness, respect and courage.Academic misconduct is seeking to gain for yourself, or assisting another person to gain, an academic advantage by deception or other unfair means. The most common form of academic misconduct is plagiarism.

Academic misconduct

Academic misconduct in relation to work submitted for assessment (including all course work, tests and examinations) is taken very seriously at the University of Otago.

All students have a responsibility to understand the requirements that apply to particular assessments and also to be aware of acceptable academic practice regarding the use of material prepared by others. Therefore it is important to be familiar with the rules surrounding academic misconduct at the University of Otago; they may be different from the rules in your previous place of study.

Detailed information about academic integrity and academic misconduct is available from and includes information about different forms of academic misconduct, plagiarism, and where to seek advice. 

Acknowledge your Information Sources

To learn more about plagiarism (and how to avoid it), see