Academic Offences for Students

Types of Academic Offence
From the Academic Discipline Policy and Procedures, 2014
The policy, is online at:
Joint production with another person or
persons of an assessment that contributes to
a unit grade, where this is not permissible
Presentation of any false or fabricated
information, results or conclusions in any form
of assessment
Cheating in an exam
Attempting to complete an examination or inclass test that counts towards a unit grade by
unfair means
The assumption by any person of the identity
of a student with intent to deceive or gain
unfair advantage
Work produced by a third party
Copying work or attempting to copy from
another source published or unpublished and
presenting the work as if it were the student’s
own work
November 2014
Where two or more submissions for the same
assessment show similarities/matches
Does not include matches in work where one
submission was for an earlier assessment (i.e. last
Does not include work / sections in an assignment
which would be expected to be the same, such as
results obtained if an experiment was conducted in
groups, information given in case studies or
assignment briefs
Does include use of same text in phrases and
False certificates to gain entry onto a course
Inaccurate number of hours completed on
May relate to data in results
Of interviews or reports
Advanced knowledge of unseen assessment
Obtaining help (including electronic devices) where
not permitted
Referring to unauthorised materials
Bringing in unauthorised materials to an exam (even
if they are not used, unless they are handed over to
the invigilator before the start of the exam, or left in
a bag which the student does not have access to)
Using a substitute to undertake an examination /
assessment task
Impersonating an official person in order to show
that they have completed a placement / completed
work that they have not undertaken.
Where it is proven or suspected that the work
submitted is written in part or full by another
This is usually difficult to prove, therefore the panel
usually requires the student to be given a viva, with
the viva transcript / notes then being accepted as
evidence of the offence.
Can be either an Academic Concern, or an Academic
Offence depending upon severity and the intention.