The University recognises that academic integrity is essential to excellence in learning, teaching, research and scholarly endeavour. This policy describes the University’s principles for promoting, supporting and upholding high standards of academic integrity. It outlines how the University will concentrate on deterring academic misconduct through educative approaches that clearly articulate the University’s expectations of academic/teaching staff and students.
This policy does not limit intellectual/academic freedom provided that academic/teaching staff and students comply with the University’s principles for promoting, supporting and upholding high standards of academic integrity.
This policy applies to all FedUni students and academic/teaching staff (HE and VET) including those at partner organisations as is consistent with our contractual arrangements. It mandates a framework to support our shared academic principles and behavioural expectations of all members of the University’s academic community which are in addition to any professional codes of conduct and employment or enterprise agreements.
Additional policies and procedures need to be adhered to regarding the conduct of research. These cover ethics, data management, research integrity and misconduct.
- Federation University Australia Act 2010
- Statute 5.3 – Assessment
- Statute 6.1 – Student Discipline
- Regulation 6.1 – Student Discipline
- Regulation 6.1.1. - Plagiarism
- The Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015
|Authorship||The state or fact of being the writer or creator of a particular article, document, book, or piece of literary work|
An examination, ie a time limited assessment task conducted under invigilation including tests, practical assessments and final examinations; and
The submission and assessment of a thesis, dissertation, essay, practical work or other coursework and any other exercise (including in the case of graduate students transfer and confirmation of status exercises) which is not undertaken in formal examination conditions but counts towards or constitutes the work for an academic award and includes related research
|Academic honesty||The principle that academic work is original and authentic and completed only with the assistance allowed.|
|Academic integrity||Academic integrity is the honest and respectful engagement with the scholarships of learning, teaching, research and community. It is an essential moral code to be upheld by the academic community inclusive of academic/teaching staff and students|
|Academic misconduct||Includes but is not limited to conduct that involves academic fraud, plagiarism and any other dishonest conduct to gain academic or general advantage; or conduct that otherwise contravenes the provisions of the University’s academic rules, policies and procedures. It includes deceptive behaviour of a minor nature related to research, learning and teaching. Dishonesty in the preparation or presentation of any assessable work is regarded as student academic misconduct|
|Bias(ed)||Inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group of people, especially in a way to be considered unfair|
|Breach||An act or omission which is likely to have the effect of obtaining an advantage by unfair or unauthorised means|
Cheating is any act through which a student attempts to gain an unfair advantage in admission to or the assessment process for a course. Cheating may include, but is not limited to:
|Collusion||The unauthorised act of a student presenting work, which is the outcome of directly working with others, as their own|
|Conflict of interest||A conflict of interest arises where there is a divergence between the individual interests of a person and their professional responsibilities such that an independent observer might reasonably conclude that the professional actions of that person may be unduly influenced by their own interests. This can include actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest.|
Copyright in Australia is governed by the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (the Act). This legislation gives the owner of copyright in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, sound recordings, films and broadcasts exclusive rights to use those works.
The types of uses include the right to:
This means that permission needs to be obtained from the owner of copyright before anyone can do any of these acts.
|Corrupt conduct||Includes improper use of influence or position and/or improper use of information or other improper acts or omissions of a similar nature|
|Dishonest conduct||Behaving in an untrustworthy, unfair, deceitful, fraudulent or insincere manner; unethical behaviour.|
|Fraud||Includes theft and criminal deception by electronic or other means; making false representations to gain an unjust advantage; and abuse of University property or time.|
|Intellectual property (IP)||IP covers the wide range of intangible property that is the result of creative and intellectual effort of individuals or organisations|
|Misrepresentation||Occurs when a staff member/student presents an untrue statement about attendance or participation in practical, performance or professional learning activities, or includes citations to non-existent or incorrect sources or does not disclose any information or matter where there is a duty to disclose such information or matter.|
|Partner Providers (also referred to as third party)||An approved educational institution that delivers University programs/courses as part of an agreement with Federation University Australia|
|Plagiarism||The presentation of work/s by another person/s as one’s own work by failing to properly acknowledge those person/s. Proper acknowledgement means to clearly identify which parts of a work originate from which source.|
|Research Integrity||Integrity in research includes a commitment to the search for knowledge and understanding, to the recognised principles of research conduct, to the honest and ethical conduct of research, and to the honest and open dissemination of results.|
|Solicitation||Occurs when a student requests, offers, encourages, induces or advertises for another individual/student to contract, commission, pay, procure, or complete on their behalf, assessment tasks or other items that are likely to result in their use for the purpose of cheating, misrepresentation and/or plagiarism. A student who willingly assists another to circumvent the purpose of assessment through solicitation, cheating, misrepresentation or plagiarism (for example by willingly sharing their own work, giving them access to their own work or advertising the availability of their own work or someone else’s work) is also breaching academic integrity, and may be subject to disciplinary action|
|Staff member||Any person who is an employee of the University at the time of the alleged incident(s). This includes full-time, part-time, sessional or casual staff.|
A person enrolled in a formal program of learning in an educational institution and/or a workplace setting.
|The University uses clear, educative approaches to communicate academic integrity requirements to students and academic/teaching staff and explains that failure to maintain academic integrity is considered academic misconduct||
Educating students about the University’s expectations regarding academic integrity
Educating students adequately and consistently in how to correctly research, present and reference their work in an Australian in educational environment
Providing academic/teaching staff with information about academic integrity
Providing academic/teaching staff with information about: warning signs that may indicate academic misconduct and detection strategies
|The University adopts preventative strategies that mitigate the risk of academic misconduct||
Role modelling academic integrity to students
Designing assessment tasks that lessen the opportunity of cheating/plagiarism
Communicating assessment/examination requirements to students
Encouraging students to make every effort to avoid academic misconduct by taking responsibility for understanding what constitutes academic misconduct and assessment/ examination requirements
Ensuring security of student-submitted assessment/examination materials
|The University is vigilant in detecting cases of academic misconduct||Academic/teaching staff being aware of and using detection strategies|
|The University manages academic misconduct in a consistent and transparent manner that supports students and academic/teaching staff to avoid reoccurrences||
Adopting an educative approach where appropriate, particularly for unintentional and first incidences
Utilising a clear and consistent reporting and management process
- Academic Integrity Procedure
- Academic Misconduct Procedure
- Applying for Animal Research Ethics Procedure
- Applying for Human Research Ethics Procedure
- Australian code for the responsible conduct of research
- Authorship Procedure
- Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedure
- Ethical Conduct of Research Policy
- Federation University Australia Collective Union Agreement
- Fraud & Corrupt Conduct Control Policy and Procedure
- Higher Education Assessment Policy
- Higher Education Assessment Procedure
- Higher Education Examinations Procedure
- Learning and Teaching Policy
- Research Data Management Policy
- Research Integrity & Misconduct Procedure
- Research Integrity Policy
- Staff Code of Conduct Policy
- Student Appeal Policy
- Student Appeal Procedure
- Student Grievance Policy
- Student Grievance Procedure
- VET Assessment Policy
- VET Assessment Procedure
- VET Pre-Enrolment Procedure
- Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Multi-Business Agreement (2009)
- Academic/teaching staff and students are responsible for ensuring they comply with this Policy and uphold and promote high standards of academic integrity.
- Deans, Heads of Schools and Executive Directors/Directors are responsible for monitoring the academic integrity of academic/teaching staff and students, and actioning complaints and/or allegations of breaches.
- Academic Board is responsible for monitoring the implementation, outcomes and scheduled review of this policy and its accompanying procedure.
- Chair, Academic Board is responsible for maintaining the content of this policy as delegated by Academic Board.
- Academic Secretariat is responsible for the administration support for the maintenance of this policy as directed by the Chair, Academic Board.
The Academic Integrity Policy will be communicated throughout the University community in the form of:
- An Announcement Notice via FedNews website and on the ‘Recently Approved Documents’ page on the ‘Policies, Procedures and Forms @ the University’ website to alert the University-wide community of the approved Procedure.
The Academic Integrity Policy will be implemented throughout the University via:
- Information Sessions; and/or
- Training Sessions
- Embedding in preparatory programs for students
- Embedding materials in staff induction programs
- Development and advertising of Moodle Shell resources