Examples and appropriate actions

Below are several examples of cases of academic integrity breaches and outcomes that might be found. Please note that these examples should not be considered to be prescriptive.

Examination

Student took a mobile phone into an examination. It was discovered during the examination, however it is clear that the student did not gain an advantage.

  • Possible finding: Poor Academic Practice
  • Possible outcome: Student reprimanded

Student took a 'cheat sheet' into an examination that clearly was intended to give them an advantage. May or may not have gotten to use it.

  • Possible finding: More serious than poor Academic Practice
  • Possible outcome: The Associate Dean may find that it is Academic Misconduct and grade for entire course could be changed to 0.

Giving a false reason for missing an exam or submitting an assignment late. May or may not involve fraudulent documentation.

  • Possible finding: May be more serious than Poor Academic Practice.The Associate Dean may find that it is Academic Misconduct.
  • Possible outcome: Potential suspension for 6-12 months.

References & citation

A couple of references in an assignment were missed, however 95 per cent of the references were made correctly.

First offence.

  • Possible finding: Poor Academic Practice
  • Possible outcome: Student counselled about appropriate academic integrity by course convener.

Second offence.

  • Possible finding: Poor Academic Practice
  • Possible outcome: Student Awarded 0 for the assessment.

Third offence.

  • Possible finding: More serious than poor Academic Practice
  • Possible outcome: Student Awarded 0 for the course, and/or potentially suspended from the University.

20 per cent of the work in an assignment for a later year course has not been appropriately referenced. The plagiarised sections relate to the core of the assignment. First offence.

  • Possible finding: More serious than poor Academic Practice. The Associate Dean may find that it is Academic Misconduct.
  • Possible outcome: Grade for entire course changed to 0.

An undergraduate student in their first semester of their first year, from a non-English speaking background, does not appropriately use quotation marks throughout their assignment to attribute the work of others. No guide on academic integrity offered as part of the course.

  • Possible finding: Poor Academic Practice
  • Possible outcome: Student counselled. Student requested to undertake academic counselling with the Academic Skills and Learning Centre. Student required to resubmit assessment with a new due date and appropriate referencing.

Assignments

A student submits an assignment that contains sections they have submitted for another course at another university.

  • Possible finding: Poor Academic Practice
  • Possible outcome: The duplicated sections are struck out and the assignment is marked on the remaining sections.

A student submits an assignment that they have submitted for another course at another university. The entire assignment is the same.

  • Possible finding: More serious than poor Academic Practice. The Associate Dean may find that it is Academic Misconduct.
  • Possible outcome: Grade 0 given for assignment or course, depending on level of student.

A student makes up data to support their argument in an essay.

  • Possible finding: More serious than poor Academic Practice. The Associate Dean may find that it is Academic Misconduct.
  • Possible outcome: Grade for entire course changed to 0.

A student makes up data to support their argument in a thesis or research project.

  • Possible finding: More serious than poor Academic Practice. Must be escalated to the Associate Dean or Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who may find that it is Academic Misconduct.
  • Possible outcome: Grade for entire course changed to 0 or student may be excluded.

A student does not follow ethical requirements set for the collection of data for their thesis.

  • Possible finding: This must be escalated immediately to the Registrar who will determine if it might be research misconduct or serious research misconduct, and escalate it to the Associate Dean or Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
  • Possible outcome: Potential Exclusion.