Academic Integrity Policies in HEIs Across Cultures


  • Diana Yankova New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria



academic dishonesty, HEIs, cross-cultural models, university integrity policy


Academic integrity is a cornerstone of higher education, ensuring that students engage in honest and ethical practices in their pursuit of knowledge. The implementation of academic integrity policies varies across countries, reflecting the unique cultural, societal, and educational contexts of each nation. This article compares academic integrity policies in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada to those in Bulgaria, highlighting the similarities and differences that exist between these diverse educational landscapes. The study applies the well-known methodology by Bretag et al. (2011) whereby an exemplary academic integrity model is evaluated on the basis of five components, namely access, approach, responsibility, detail and support. This methodology is enriched by a modification suggested by Perkins and Roe (2023) in which a sixth component is added – technological explicitness, which involves the necessity to include and constantly update information and provide guidelines about new technologies.

Author Biography

Diana Yankova, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. Diana Yankova, D. Litt. is currently Chair of the Foreign Languages and Cultures Department, New Bulgarian University. Her research interests are in the field of discourse analysis, applied linguistics, ESP, sociolinguistics, culture studies and cultural awareness. Author of a number of monographs, among which Canadian Kaleidoscope (2006), The Text and Context of European Directives. Translation Issues in Approximating Legislation (2008), Legal Englishes: The Discourse of Statutory Texts (2013) and a forthcoming monograph Bulgarian immigrants to Canada: sociocultural and linguistic identity.


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How to Cite

Yankova, D. (2024). Academic Integrity Policies in HEIs Across Cultures. English Studies at NBU, 10(1), 5–20.




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