A student with integrity is:

  • Honest
  • Responsible for their own work
  • Respects rules
  • Follows the right lead

- Academic integrity is a set of principles and rules that govern academic work.

- You should acknowledge the original source of every idea or work in every assessment task.

- Integrity is important for both study and professional life.

- In group projects you should acknowledge shared ownership of ideas.

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Academic misconduct is any behaviour that compromises and puts your academic integrity at risk. Within academic culture every student must act with ethical responsibility.

What forms of academic misconduct have you heard of?

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Plagiarism is when a student presents someone else’s work, ideas, words and data as their own. It means taking credit for work that someone else produced.

Plagiarism can take the form of intentional cheating, but in many cases, it is the result of unintentional mistakes, or careless proofreading.

Even unintentional plagiarism is still a breach of academic integrity, so you need to ensure you always do the right thing.

An extreme example would be copying or purchasing an entire paper and submitting it as your own. Less extreme would be submitting a paper you have written for credit in another course without prior permission from your instructor. Another, more common example, would be copying another author's phrases, sentences, ideas, or arguments without citing the source. 



  • Referencing gives proper credit to the author.
  • Referencing is evidence of your research.
  • Referencing gives readers the opportunity to follow up and learn more about the topic.

 If you use an idea from a journal article for your essay you should:

Paraphrase or summarise the text in your own words or quote the text in quotation marks AND reference the source.

To avoid plagiarism you should:

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When using direct quotations:

  • Quote accurately and double-check with the original source.
  • Do not quote out of context.
  • Cut down lengthy quotes if not all of the information is relevant.
  • Include the page number where the quotation can be found in the source.
  • Follow the formatting rules of the citation style you are using – APA.
  • Ensure smooth integration with your own writing so that you maintain the sense and grammar of the quote.



You may not set out with the intention of cheating, but if you have not managed your time well, it may seem like the best and only solution.

Whatever your reasons, cheating is serious academic misconduct and will harm your integrity.

Cheating at university can include behaviours such as:

  • Taking notes, materials or devices into an exam without permission.
  • Copying from another student.
  • Sharing your answers with another student.
  • Having someone else sit an exam on your behalf.
  • Asking a third party (paid service, friend or family member) to complete your assignment
  • Unauthorised use of file sharing sites


A friend asked to borrow some of your notes to write an essay. Later you find out that your friend used the same ideas from your notes in their essay.

This is an example of collusion and plagiarism.

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Some of the following situations might make you feel like cheating is a good option and even the ONLY option:

  • Lack of time and unprepared
  • Missed too many classes
  • Work stress
  • Home & personal stress
  • Poor time management
  • Peer pressure
  • Lack of interest in study
  • Peer pressure
  • Low risk of getting caught

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The national Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) defines contract cheating as:

‘when students outsource their assessments to a third party, whether that is a commercial provider, current or former student, family member or acquaintance. It includes the unauthorised use of file-sharing sites, as well as organising another person to take an examination’

  • Paid contract cheating services may include websites and individuals or groups that market or provide cheating services to students and file sharing sites.
  • Paid contract cheating services sell essays or assignments to students and accept payment for others to sit exams on behalf of students.
  • Asking friends family members, or others to complete an assignment on your behalf is also contract cheating, even if you do not pay them.

Commercial cheating services are illegal in Australia:

  • It is illegal to sell or promote commercial academic cheating services
  • Criminal penalties include up to 2 years in prison and/or fines of up to $110,000
  • Students who use these services face disciplinary action in accordance with the institution’s policies and can result in the cancellation of their CoE


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Identifying, avoiding and reporting illegal cheating services | Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (teqsa.gov.au)

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