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Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity is mastery of the art of scholarship.

Scholarship involves researching, understanding, and building upon the work of others. It requires that credit is given where it is due and the contributions of others in our intellectual efforts are acknowledged appropriately.

Honesty must be exercised to effectively practice ethical scholarship and avoid the consequences of academic dishonesty.

For further information on Academic Integrity please see Academic Integrity for Students on the Student Learning page.

Academic misconduct is a broad term that includes cheating, plagiarism, allowing another student to copy work for an assignment or examination and any other conduct by which a student:

  • Seeks to gain, for themselves or for any other person, any academic advantage or advancement to which they or that other person are not entitled; or
  • Improperly disadvantages any other student.

Students engaging in any form of academic misconduct may be dealt with under the Ordinance of Student Discipline  Part 3 Academic Misconduct [PDF, 91.26 KB]. This can include the imposition of penalties that range from a deduction/ cancellation of marks to exclusion from a Unit, Course or the University.

If you are concerned that you or another student may have engaged in academic misconduct, please contact your Lecturer or Unit Coordinator as soon as possible to discuss the situation.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else's thoughts, writings or inventions and representing them as your own; for example, using an author's words without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source, using an author's ideas without proper acknowledgment and citation, copying another student's work.

The intentional copying of someone else's work as one's own is a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from a fine or deduction/ cancellation of marks and, in the most serious of cases, to exclusion from a Unit, Course or the University. Details of penalties that can be imposed are available in Ordinance No 9 - Student Discipline [PDF, 91.26 KB] – Part 3 Academic Misconduct available on the University Council website.

The University, and any persons authorised by the University, may submit your assessable works to a text matching system, such as Turnitin, to obtain a report on possible instances of plagiarism. Assessable works may also be included in a reference database.  It is a condition of this arrangement that the original author's permission is required before a work within the database can be viewed.

If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your assignments, please read the Faculty's Guide to Writing and Referencing [PDF, 476.26 KB] (also available under the Learning Resources section of this website), consult your Lecturer or Tutor for relevant referencing guidelines or visit the Academic Integrity website for further information.

Self-plagiarism is the act of submitting the same assessment task you have previously submitted for assessment in another Unit or for the same Unit (also known as auto plagiarism). It is an example of Academic Misconduct, for which there are serious penalties.  (See Academic Misconduct section above)

You can avoid self-plagiarism by seeking credit for a previous assessment task if you have satisfactorily (defined as having achieved at least a Pass award prior to any penalty being imposed) completed one (or more) assessment tasks for a Unit and:

  1. You didn't go on to complete that Unit; or
  2. You failed that Unit.

In these circumstances you may apply for credit for any assessment tasks when you re-enrol in that unit. Please see Applying for Credit below for further information.

It is only possible to apply for credit for a previously submitted assessment task if you didn't complete or failed the Unit and if the assessment task remains unchanged (in terms of content, word length and weighting).

If you submit for assessment the same assessment task you submitted in a previous enrolment in the Unit, you will be engaging in self-plagiarism (see above). Rather, you should approach your Unit Coordinator early in the semester to apply for credit for any assessment task(s) previously completed successfully (defined as having achieved at least a Pass award prior to any penalty being imposed). It is solely your responsibility, as the student, to approach the Unit Coordinator and apply for credit before the assessment task is due.

Turnitin is available to you through the Academic Honesty Module in MyLO to help you avoid plagiarism. It uses a sophisticated text matching system, comparing your submitted assignment with text located in its databases of internet pages, published works, and submitted papers.

It is important you allow time prior to the assessment submission date to use Turnitin to self-check for plagiarism as it may take a day or two for the results to become available. Submitting your assessment piece to Turnitin is to self-check only: your final submission must always be completed through the appropriate Unit's MyLO site.

It is important to note that Turnitin will be used by your Markers to analyse all standard (text based) assessment task submissions.

You can read more about the process on the Turnitin webpage or through the Academic Honesty Module in MyLO.