C/5.3 Academic Integrity
5.3.1 Policy principles
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards in all of its course and unit offerings, and expects students to conduct themselves in a manner which is fair, honest and consistent with the principles of academic integrity, particularly when undertaking assessment (E/2.1).
Courses at QUT promote ethical behaviour, which includes valuing and promoting truth, accuracy, honesty, accountability and the code of practice relevant to the discipline or professional area (C/4.3.3).
The University is committed to providing clear guidance and assistance to students to ensure that they understand the requirement to maintain academic integrity and are aware of the consequences of a failure to do so.
Any actions or practice by a student which defeat the purpose of assessment is regarded as a failure to maintain academic integrity and will be dealt with as student misconduct under the procedures set out in E/8.1.
This policy is intended to
This policy applies to students undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies. Where allegations of a failure to maintain academic integrity arise in relation to postgraduate students undertaking a research higher degree, the matter will be dealt with under the University's Code of Conduct for Research (D/2.6).
Academic integrity issues will be dealt with within the faculty designated as the "owner" of the unit for administrative purposes.
For the purposes of this policy, "Course Coordinators/Unit Coordinators" include similar roles in different faculties and QUT International College including for example Undergraduate Coordinator, Subject Area Coordinator, Discipline Leader etc.
Failure to maintain academic integrity includes, but is not limited to, the following.(a) Cheating in examinations
Cheating in examinations includes any action or attempted action on the part of a student which might gain that student an unfair advantage in the examination. Common methods of cheating include:
Plagiarism involves representing another person's (or persons') ideas or work as one's own. It may also include resubmitting one's own work for another assessment item.
Common forms of plagiarism include
Other forms of failing to maintain academic integrity include, but are not limited to
Teaching staff will normally identify potential breaches of academic integrity. If a teaching staff member suspects that a student may have breached the academic integrity policy, the unit/course coordinator should be notified. To assist in identification of potential breaches, unit/course coordinators may require students to authenticate their learning on the assessment item (e.g. through showing notes/drafts/resource materials used in the preparation of the item, or by undertaking a viva or practical based exercise). The unit/course coordinator may also require that a student or students use content matching software to assist in verifying that original work has been submitted, and/or to supply reports generated by such software as part of the conditions of assessment for particular units or particular assessment items. Such a requirement must be clearly stated in the unit outline for the particular unit.
For dealing with cases of failure to maintain academic integrity, it must be determined whether the case represents a minor or major breach.
The Unit Coordinator in conjunction with the Course Coordinator (or the Examinations Officer, Student Business Services, in relation to cheating in central examinations) is responsible for determining if a case is minor or major.
The following considerations can be used to assist in assessing whether the breach is minor or major
Minor cases of failing to maintain academic integrity include, but are not limited to
Where it is determined that a minor breach of academic integrity has occurred, the Unit Coordinator should grade the student as appropriate to the criteria for the assessment item, and provide an explanation if low marks have been given against specific criteria relating to appropriate referencing or acknowledgment of source material. No penalty (as set out in E/8.1.8) is applied.
Procedures for dealing with minor cases are found at E/8.1.6.(b) Major cases
All other cases of failing to maintain academic integrity are dealt with as major misconduct in accordance with procedures set out in E/8.1.7. If a major case of misconduct is proven, the Registrar may impose the penalties set out in E/8.1.8.
University Appeals Committee considers appeals on disciplinary matters. A student upon whom a penalty has been imposed under this policy is entitled to appeal to the Appeals Committee on the grounds listed in E/8.1.10.
Records must be maintained for minor and major cases of failure to maintain academic integrity, and in accordance with E/8.1.11.
MOPP E/2.1 QUT Student Code of Conduct
MOPP E/8.1 Management of Student Discipline