Curriculum and Quality

Academic Misconduct for Students

This webpage provides information for students about academic misconduct, what this terms mean, what the University's procedures are, and how students can get help.

Ordinance 9 - Student Discipline (PDF 78KB) sets out the processes used by the University to formally manage student misconduct.

Definition of academic misconduct

Academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism and any other conduct by which a student -

  • (a) seeks to gain, for themselves or for any other person, any academic advantage or advancement to which they or that person are not entitled; or
  • (b) improperly disadvantages any other student.

(From definition section of Ordinance 9)

Some examples of offences of academic misconduct:

  • Plagiarism - copying the published work of authors without acknowledging the words or argument of the author by use of referencing (this includes websites and general information sources like Wikipedia, textbooks, journals etc.)
  • Paraphrasing the work of others without referencing
  • Using someone else's work as your own work
  • Collusion - assisting another student with work that should have been work of the individual student (this includes giving your own assignment to a student to use as well as writing an assignment together)
  • Submitting the same assignment you have previously submitted for assessment in another unit or for the same unit
  • Paying someone to write an assignment
  • Making copies of lecturer's personal notes without permission
  • Taking unauthorised notes into an examination

(Note - it is still considered to be academic misconduct even if you don't look at or use the notes in an examination.)

  • Copying the work of another student in an examination
  • Assisting another student to cheat in an examination
  • Submitting falsified medical certificates
  • Submitting falsified academic transcripts