Academic fraud and plagiarism

To preserve the quality of learning for the individual and others, the University may impose severe sanctions on activities that undermine academic integrity. There are two major categories of academic dishonesty:

Academic fraud is a form of academic dishonesty that involves making a false representation to gain an unjust advantage. Without limiting the generality of this definition, it can include:

  1. Falsification of data;
  2. Using a substitute person to undertake, in full or part, an examination or other assessment item;
  3. Reusing one's own work, or part thereof, that has been submitted previously and counted towards another course (without permission);
  4. Making contact or colluding with another person, contrary to instructions, during an examination or other assessment item;
  5. Bringing material or device(s) into an examination or other assessment item other than such as may be specified for that assessment item;
  6. Making use of computer software or other material and device(s) during an examination or other assessment item other than such as may be specified for that assessment item; and
  7. Contract cheating or having another writer compete for tender to produce an essay or assignment and then submitting the work as one’s own.

Plagiarism is the presentation of the thoughts or works of another as one's own. University policy prohibits students plagiarising any material under any circumstances. Without limiting the generality of this definition, it may include:

  1. Copying or paraphrasing material from any source without due acknowledgment;
  2. Using another person's ideas without due acknowledgment;
  3. Collusion or working with others without permission, and presenting the resulting work as though it were completed independently.

Plagiarism is not only related to written works, but also to material such as data, images, music, formulae, websites and computer programs. Aiding another student to plagiarise is also a violation of the Student Academic Integrity Policy and may invoke a penalty.

For further information on the University policy on academic integrity, please refer to the Student Academic Integrity Policy.