Academic Integrity Values Statement

Background and Purpose

This statement arises from consultation with students, academic staff and professional staff from across Macquarie University and draws upon the research, workshops and discussions that have taken place at the institution since 2015.  It provides an overarching declaration that informs Macquarie University, staff and students, as well as informing policy and procedure. From these values, clear responsibilities and principles of behaviour can be translated into demonstrable actions.


At Macquarie University, we are committed to transformative education, learning, research and discovery, all of which advances knowledge and has a positive impact on our community and the world.  We aspire to be connected to the community in which we support and empower each other and inspire a university-wide commitment to academic integrity.

As an academic institution committed to this purpose, integrity is core to who we are and what we do.  At Macquarie University, we understand academic integrity to be comprised of active engagement with five interconnected values:

Academic Integrity Values diagram

Related documents:

Approved by Academic Senate 30 May 2017

The statement is also availalbe to download as a pdf.

Principles of English Language Statement

At its meeting of 6 December 2016, Academic Senate approved the Principles of English Language Statement:


The standard language of instruction for all programs at Macquarie University will  be English. Exceptions for special purposes may be granted via Academic Senate approval.

Faculties, Centres and the University will propose English language competence requirements for entry into each program they own. The standard minimum expectation will normally be IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Exceptions will be reported to Academic Senate via the Academic Standards and Quality Committee.


Following approval of the ‘Principles of English Language Statement’, the existing Quality Assurance Principles for Programs Taught in Languages Other than English (LOTE) will be reviewed in 2017 to align with the Principles Statement.

Principles of Program Review

Position Statement

  • The University supports the review of existing programs of study through planned, systematic and accountable review cycles that promote continual quality improvement and a culture of excellence.  The University acknowledges that program reviews are critical to ensuring the academic quality and financial sustainability of offerings and assuring the viability of academic programs. Embedded within the program lifecycle, consistent program reviews contribute to connected learning communities and enhance the student experience through progressive curriculum standards, and collaboration between students, staff and community partners.
  • The Faculties have operational oversight of the academic standards and quality of their programs.
  • The University’s Academic Senate and Executive has oversight and is assured that existing programs of study continue to be relevant, and resourced, and that the institution’s academic aspirations and operational capacity are continuously in alignment.

Principles of Program Review

  1. Program reviews ensure that the highest academic standards and quality are maintained and that programs remain financially sustainable.
  2. The University’s academic programs will be reviewed on a cyclical basis.
  3. The scope of a program review will reflect level and type of risks and opportunities associated with the program.
  4. Program reviews will include student, internal and external engagement, including with industry partners.
  5. Program reviews will be evidence-based, accessing all available data in a coherent manner.
  6. Reporting on performance and the implementation of review recommendations is to be implemented at the Faculty level.
  7. The approach to program reviews will be iterative and subject to on-going evaluation.

Academic Governance - Background

The Purpose and Function of Academic Boards and Senates in Australian Universities A Policy paper originally formulated at the National Conference of Chairs of Academic Boards and Senates held at the University of New South Wales (2005) and revised at subsequent conferences in Adelaide (2012) and Sydney (2013).

Draft Higher Education Standards Framework - Governance

TEQSA Guidance Note: Academic Governance

Submission to TEQSA - Corporate and Academic Governance in the New Regulatory Environment

Academic Governance - 2014 Workshops

Members of the University community were invited to participate in academic governance workshops in November and December of 2014. The workshops assisted the University to:

  • Reimagine the role of academic governance in facilitating the University's mission in teaching and research
  • Reposition Academic Senate to meet these challenges; get the balance right between operational and strategic governance
  • Reinvigorate Academic Senate as the key debating chamber for academic principle and engage more openly and effectively with the Macquarie community.

Feedback and recommendations

Academic Governance Workshops: Feedback and Recommendations - December 2014


Academic Governance at Macquarie - Challenges and Opportunities - Professor Dominic Verity

Academic Governance Beyond Learning and Teaching - Professor Dominic Verity

Academic Governance Stakeholder Consultation Report  - October/November 2014 - Philip Pogson, The Leading Partnership

Governance Overview - Philip Pogson, The Leading Partnership

NSW/Territories Committee of Chairs of Academic Boards/Senates

The Chair of Academic Senate at Macquarie University is a member of the NSW/Territories Committee of Chairs of Academic Boards/Senates.  More information on this group can be found on its website.
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