Academic Integrity Procedures
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1. Governing policy

The Academic Integrity Procedures (“procedures”) apply to the Academic Integrity Policy. These procedures:

  • outline how the Institution supports students to develop an integrity-based approach to their academic work and assessment;
  • describe the circumstances that can be considered academic misconduct;
  • explain the processes for detection and the classification of academic misconduct; and
  • explain the penalties imposed as a result of academic misconduct.

2. Scope

These procedures apply to all students and academic staff at the Institution.

3. Procedures

3.1 Integrity-based approach to academic work

3.1.1 All students are to undertake the mandatory Academic Integrity Module as part of their learning at the Institution.

3.1.2 All staff are to undertake the mandatory Academic Integrity Module and integrate this into their learning and teaching activities. All subject outlines will include a link to the Academic Integrity Policy and Academic Integrity Procedures and specialised tutorials on referencing techniques are offered regularly through the Student Success Centre (SSC).

3.2 Academic misconduct

3.2.1 The following actions by a student constitute a failure to maintain appropriate standards of academic integrity and which is classified as academic misconduct:

  • Plagiarism and failures of correct acknowledgement practice;
  • Contract cheating or paying for another person to prepare an assignment;
  • Submitting (for assessment or review) work prepared by another person;
  • Collusion, such as any unauthorised collaboration in preparation or presentation of work, including knowingly allowing personal work to be copied by others;
  • All forms of cheating in examinations and other assessment tasks;
  • Offering or accepting bribes (money or sexual or other favours), e.g. for admission or for grades; and
  • Fabrication or falsification of information or student identity.
  • Misrepresents the nature and/or extent of the student’s engagement with academic work.
  • Gaining or attempting to gain an unfair advantage over other students.
  • Compromising the capacity of the Institution to validly determine their level of achievement of learning outcomes.
3.2.2 Academic misconduct includes cheating in examinations involves any action or attempted action on the part of the student by which the student may gain an unfair advantage in the examination. Cheating in examinations includes:

  • Bringing unauthorised material into the examination.
  • Having access during the examination to unauthorised notes or other study aids.
  • Any unauthorised communication by any means with others during the examination.
  • Copying or reading another student’s work during the examination.
  • Failing to comply with standards of conduct during examinations in a way which may compromise the integrity of the examination.
3.2.3 Plagiarism involves representing as one’s own work the language, ideas or expressions of another person/s. Plagiarism includes:

  • Direct copying, summarising, or paraphrasing another person/s work without appropriate acknowledgement.
  • Using, adapting or developing an idea or hypothesis from the work of others without appropriate acknowledgement.
  • Copying or adapting non-text-based material created by others.
  • Using another person/s research results without appropriate acknowledgement.

3.2.4 Self-Plagiarism involves the re-use by a student of their own work without appropriate acknowledgement of the source.

3.2.5 Contract Cheating involves a student engaging a third party to complete assessment work on their behalf and then representing the work as their own. Contract cheating includes:

  • Commissioning assessable work or materials from a person, company, or site, where such actions are not authorised in the assessment requirements.
  • Producing a commission assessable work or materials for submission by another person.
  • Having another person take an examination, test, online assessment or other assessment type on one’s own behalf.
  • Taking an examination, test, online assessment or other assessment type on behalf of another person.

3.2.6 Collusion involves unauthorised collaboration on assessment items with any other person/s. Collusion includes:

  • Working with others to produce an assessment item where such collaboration is not specified in the assessment requirements.
  • Sharing completed answers to summative assessment items, where it is reasonable to expect that the material will be submitted for assessment by others
  • Sharing detailed examples of work related to assessment items, where it is reasonable to expect that the material will be submitted for assessment by others.

3.2.7 Other forms of academic misconduct include:

  • Misrepresentation, falsification, fabrication, or misstatement of data or information used in assessment task.
  • Making false declarations regarding the originality or ownership of, or the student’s engagement with, an assessment task.

3.3 Identifying and reporting academic misconduct

3.3.1 When academic staff or a student suspects academic misconduct, the Subject Lead or Program Manager must be notified. Confidentiality and privacy will be maintained, and any personal information required to be shared will be done so in accordance with the Institution’s Privacy Policy.

3.3.2 The Institution identifies three levels of academic misconduct:

  • Level 1 (Minor) Unintentional Academic Misconduct.
  • Level 2 (Major) Intentional Academic Misconduct.
  • Level 3 (Major) Infringements.

The administration of these three levels of academic misconduct/breaches is in Appendix A (see Appendix A and B).

3.3.3 The Institution has an Academic Integrity Decision Tree to assist in identifying the level of academic misconduct (See Appendix A and B).

3.3.4 Confidential records must be maintained for minor and major cases of academic misconduct. An annual report on academic misconduct is sent to the Academic Board.

4. Related documents

Academic Integrity Policy

See Appendix A and B attached as a PDF to the main Academic Integrity Procedures page

Approved by Academic Board 17 May 2019

Further reading
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Appendix A and B