Reviews and Inquiries
If a course convener believes that a student may have breached the academic integrity principle, they can choose to hold a review. A review is an opportunity for the student to meet with the course convener to discuss the conduct the course convener has concerns with.
Students have the option of attending the review and provide written statements, or provide written statements instead of attending. If neither attending nor providing a written statement, the course convener will decide on an outcome based on the materials available to them.
If the case is deemed to be serious in nature, it can be referred to another decision maker, an inquiry officer, as Potential Academic Misconduct. The decision maker can choose to hold an inquiry with the student to discuss the conduct.
An inquiry is similar to review: it is an opportunity for the student to meet and discuss the conduct. The difference is the decision maker, at this stage, will be an inquiry officer. The inquiry officer is usually the Associate Dean of the college or their nominee.
Students have the option of attending the inquiry and provide written statements, or provide written statements instead of attending. If neither attending nor providing a written statement, the decision maker will decide on an outcome based on the materials available to them.
At a review, the decision maker is your course convener.
At an inquiry, the decision maker will be an inquiry officer. The inquiry officer is usually the Associate Dean of the college or their nominee. In more serious cases, the Vice Chancellor or their nominee could be an inquiry officer.
As the case has been referred, the course convener will no longer be the decision maker. If you would like to provide a written response, you may contact the Inquiry Officer directly.
Yes, course conveners are able to refer a case to the Registrar without holding a Review if the conduct appears to be Potential Academic Misconduct. The Registrar will refer the case to an Inquiry Officer.
The Inquiry Officer will consider all the documents and get in touch with you if they would like to proceed with an inquiry.
The review/inquiry can be held in person or via teleconference/video-conference.
You will have the opportunity to talk about your case and the decision maker can ask you some questions. You may also ask questions if you have any.
If you have a support person at your meeting, they are allowed to speak only with the approval of the decision maker.
Attendance at the meetings is not compulsory, but highly recommended.
Students are highly encouraged to attend the review/inquiry if possible as the meeting is an opportunity for you to respond and provide more information about your case.
You can also bring a support person to accompany you.
If you don’t want to attend, you are able to provide a written statement with supporting documents (if any).
The documents you provide will give the decision maker a clearer picture on why you may have engaged in conduct that may breach the Rule.
Documents that can be provided can include, but are not limited to:
- Screenshots relevant to the issue. The time and date must be included
- Other documents you deem relevant
If you would like to provide supporting documentation that is in a language other than English, the document will need to be accompanied by a complete English translation from an accepted organisation. For more information, please see our Documentation requirements on ‘Translating your documents into English’.Please note that withholding relevant information may impede the outcome of the review and inquiry. If this documentation was available to you at inquiry stage but only provided at the appeal stage, it may not be considered.
Yes, you can bring a friend or support person to accompany you at the review/inquiry. The person you bring will be able to observe. If another person has provided a written statement regarding your case, you can provide this to the decision maker.
The person may only speak on your behalf with the express approval of the decision maker. Please let the decision maker know prior to the review/inquiry if you wish to bring someone and whether you wish for them to speak on your behalf.
If you would like someone to attend the review/inquiry with you, you can consider contacting ANUSA (for undergraduate students) and PARSA (for postgraduate students) for support. Their services are free for students.
Please note that you cannot bring legal representation to the review/inquiry.
If you are overseas and would like to attend the review/inquiry meeting, you can let the decision maker know so they can set up a meeting with you online so that you may participate remotely. The online meeting platforms used include Zoom and Teams.
If you are attending the review/inquiry meeting, it can be helpful to:
- Prepare a written statement/notes, and understand the main points you would like to raise;
- Think about whether there is any additional/new information you wish to present;
- Get in touch with ANUSA/PARSA/Dean of Students if you would like advice on how to prepare your written statement/notes or if you need a support person to attend the review/inquiry meeting with you. You can get in touch with them at:
If you need initiatives, programs and resources to support your physical, social, spiritual and mental health, you can visit the Health, safety & wellbeing page.
At the review meeting, the course convener will be present and the student will be provided the option/opportunity to attend. If the student chooses to attend the review meeting, the course convener and the student will be present. If at any stage of you would like to have a support person with you, please let the course convener/inquiry officer know before the meeting so the support person can attend the review/inquiry meeting. If the student is not attending the review meeting, the course convener can proceed with conducting the review in the student’s absence and make a decision based on the material before them.
At the inquiry meeting, the inquiry officer will be present and the student will be provided the option/opportunity to attend. If the student chooses to attend the inquiry meeting, the inquiry officer and student will be present. There may be a secretary to the inquiry officer who will take notes of the main conversation points in the meeting. If at any stage of you would like to have a support person with you, please let the course convener/inquiry officer know before the meeting so the support person can attend the review/inquiry meeting.
If the student is not attending the inquiry meeting, the inquiry officer can proceed with conducting the inquiry in the student’s absence and make a decision based on the material before them.
The decision maker may ask you some questions during the meeting to understand more about what has happened. Potential questions may include, but are not limited to:
- How are you going?
- Do you want to talk about what has happened?
- Do you have access to the Turnitin report?
- Do you think there was an issue with the amount of similarity?
- What is your research process?
- Do you take notes separate to the essay?
- Have you heard of Academic Skills? You can take a draft of your assignment to them and they can help check it.
- Have you heard of/Do you have an Education Access Plan (EAP)?
- Do you have any questions for me?
The focus of the review/inquiry is to find out whether the conduct breaches the academic integrity principle under the definitions of the Academic Integrity Rule. The review/inquiry is held in an informal manner and which means that courtroom rules and procedures do not apply. Rather, the decision maker will make a decision based on the information available to them.
It can be stressful to talk about your case at the review/inquiry meeting.
You can consider preparing a written statement/notes beforehand and you can refer to them during the meeting. If you have a support person attending with you, they may speak on your behalf with the approval of the decision maker.
In most instances, a decision will not be made at the review/inquiry meeting. You will be contacted by the decision maker through your ANU email account when a decision has been made.
The decision maker may take into consideration any other matters considered appropriate, which may include prior breaches.
Once a decision regarding the case has been made, the outcome of Poor Academic Practice or Academic Misconduct will be recorded on the student’s unofficial transcript for internal record keeping. Please note that the outcome will not be listed on the official transcript.
One of the actions available upon receiving a Poor Academic Practice or Academic Misconduct finding is to tell any relevant professional, government or other organisation or agency about the finding and any action taken in relation to it. For law graduates who are to be admitted as lawyers, the Board will usually ask if the student has had prior breaches of academic integrity. You can get in touch with the ANU College of Law for further information regarding this.
You may appeal the outcome and/or the action. Your appeal rights will be listed in the outcome letter of the review/inquiry.
Outcomes and Actions