Plagiarism and Collusion in Assessment Procedure

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Section 1 - Preamble

(1) This Procedure was approved by Academic Board on 14 May 2013 effective from the end of Trimester 1, 2013.

(2) This Procedure is pursuant to the Assessment (Higher Education Courses) Policy.

Section 2 - Purpose

(3) This Procedure governs plagiarism and collusion in teaching, learning and research activities.

Section 3 - Scope

(4) This Procedure applies to all students and to staff involved in managing issues relating to plagiarism and collusion.

Section 4 - Policy

(5) Refer to the Assessment (Higher Education Courses) Policy.

Section 5 - Procedure

(6) To ensure the integrity of assessment processes and outcomes, staff and students are responsible for understanding and avoiding plagiarism and collusion, both of which constitute academic misconduct.

(7) The University will display prominently in the handbooks and other appropriate publications the definitions of plagiarism and collusion, and advice that plagiarism and collusion are acts of academic misconduct for which penalties may apply in accordance with the Student Academic Misconduct Procedure.

(8) Faculties must ensure that:

  1. University legislation relating to plagiarism and collusion and this Procedure are known within the Faculty, and that processes are put into place to implement them
  2. a statement on plagiarism and collusion, incorporating definitions and a range of penalties that may apply to proven cases, is included in all relevant Faculty publications, including unit guides
  3. academic professional development activities and induction programs for new academic staff include advice on recognising, avoiding and monitoring plagiarism and collusion and understanding approaches to assessment that minimise the possibility for students to submit plagiarised material, or engage in collusion
  4. reports on plagiarism and collusion matters for the Faculty are provided annually to the Teaching and Learning Committee, or the Research and Research Training Committee, for reporting to the Academic Board.

(9) Academic staff must ensure that:

  1. they provide advice to students about the expected conventions for authorship and the appropriate use and acknowledgment of material, as specified in the Deakin Guide to Referencing website and the Guide to Candidature: Higher Degrees by Research
  2. they design approaches to coursework assessment in accordance with the Assessment (Higher Education Courses) Procedure, that minimise the possibility of students submitting plagiarised material or colluding with others
  3. they initiate appropriate actions in suspected cases of plagiarism or collusion.

(10) Students must ensure that:

  1. they are aware of the relevant Faculty statement on plagiarism and collusion
  2. they understand and avoid plagiarism and collusion, and are familiar with the expected conventions of authorship and the appropriate use and acknowledgment of material, as explained by staff and the information provided in the Deakin Guide to Referencing website.
  3. all assignments that they submit is their own work and has not been submitted for assessment in any other unit or course, and where other people's material has been used that this is acknowledged.

Section 6 - Definitions

(11) For the purpose of this Procedure:

  1. Collusion: is acting with another person with the intention to deceive (e.g. submitting the work, or part of the work, of someone, even with their permission, or having someone else write any part of an assignment for you).
  2. Plagiarism: is using other people's words, ideas, research findings or information without acknowledgment, that is, without indicating the source - the Deakin Guide to Referencing website provides information on how to acknowledge other people's works.