Academic misconduct is a form of fraud and intellectual theft and is a serious breach of academic integrity. It covers a range of activities including:
Plagiarism is the practice of submitting or presenting the ideas, writing or other work of someone else, in whole or in part, as though it is your own work. That is, without proper acknowledgement of the source(s). Paraphrasing another person’s work without attribution is also plagiarism. The source of the work includes but is not limited to:
It is also plagiarism if you submit or present work as exclusively your own when it has been prepared with another person, without acknowledging the source, even if it is with the knowledge or consent of the other person.
Examples of plagiarism
How to avoid plagiarism
Sometimes a student might accidentally plagiarise. This is usually the result of a lack of academic writing skills, inexperience, sloppy note taking, or a combination of these. It is important that you learn and follow the practice established for citation of written works for your subject.
It is important that you learn and follow the practice established for citation of written works for your subject.
Make sure your work clearly distinguishes between the ideas of others and your own ideas. If you’re not sure how to do this, check with your course staff. The following resources might also be useful.
Academic misconduct can also occur in group work as illustrated in the following examples.
Plagiarism, collusion and cheating when one or more students:
Gaining an unfair advantage when a student claims an equal share of the marks but has done one or more of the following:
Learn more about what is considered acceptable exam conduct and behaviour.
If an alleged assessment irregularity is detected in your work, you will receive an email advising you of this, asking you to attend a meeting with your unit convenor or teacher in the presence of an observer. Following this, an investigation will be conducted and a report written. If you have a previous record of plagiarism this will be noted.
Where plagiarism is found, you will be notified within five working days of the decision. The penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. Possible sanctions for academic misconduct are detailed in the Student Academic Misconduct Regulations 2012.
If it has been confirmed that a student has not contributed equally to a group assignment, the unit convenor/teacher may modify the marks for that student to reflect their individual contribution. If any marks are to be modified, this process will be clearly communicated in advance, together with information to show how individual marks are calculated.
Cheating in exams
Penalties for cheating in exams are detailed in the Student Academic Misconduct Regulations 2012.