Academic integrity responsibilities
At Deakin you will be supported throughout your degree to learn more about academic integrity, but as a Deakin student it is also your responsibility to ensure that you are properly informed, and that you act with and promote academic integrity.
Show respect by acknowledging the work of others
You should always acknowledge other people's work in your assessments and other tasks through proper referencing.
Plagiarism is not permitted – this is the use of other people’s words, ideas, designs, materials, research findings or other works without proper acknowledgement. There is no excuse for deliberate plagiarism – but be aware that unintentional plagiarism can arise from poor note taking skills or an incomplete understanding of academic writing and referencing.
Lyn believes that she has referenced all of her sources appropriately. However, through careless note taking she has overlooked that fact that she paraphrased a source and left it uncited.
Even though Lyn left a source uncited unintentionally, she may face an allegation of having breached academic integrity.
You come to your point of view by reading, note taking and comparing the ideas of various writers. When note taking and writing, you need to carefully distinguish between your own work and where you have summarised, paraphrased and quoted sources to support your point of view.
- All students are expected to follow the Deakin guide to referencing to learn how to acknowledge other people’s work.
Read the student guide to copyright if you need to reproduce someone else’s work (such as an image or diagram) in your assessment or other task, and there is a possibility that your work may become public – for example, if you are creating a digital portfolio, a blog, or if you are planning on publishing your work in any other way.
- For further information, see Deakin's guide on copyright and licensing.
Do your own work
Don't let someone else do your assessment!
You are enrolled at University to learn. You graduate with a qualification because you have demonstrated learning outcomes to the University. Right? So if someone else has completed an assessment for you – for example, written an essay for you or sat an exam for you – then you do not deserve that qualification.
Paying someone else to produce your assessment task (sometimes called 'contract cheating') is strictly forbidden. Sharing your work through an essay writing service can result in you, and anyone who downloaded or used your work, facing an allegation of having breached academic integrity.
And it doesn’t have to involve money – working with anyone else to produce any part of your individual assessment is not allowed (it's called collusion).
It also is unacceptable to submit the work, or part of a work, of someone who studied the unit or topic previously, even with their permission.
- Find out more about the dangers of contract cheating from DUSA.
Don't provide or receive significant help with individual assessments
It’s also important that you don’t receive any significant help in producing an individual assessment – this may lead to accusations of collusion. Yes, discuss work with classmates and work out what is expected, but make sure that when it comes to writing the assessment task that you do that by yourself – and you should never write for others either. You might also get some advice from your tutor, a writing mentor, or a Language and Learning Adviser.
The only time you can collaborate with another student to produce an assessment is if it is an approved group work task. Read the task instructions carefully and be sure that your group is clear on what is expected of each student. All group members’ contributions should be acknowledged.
Vittoria discusses an assignment with her friend Caroline, who studied the same unit last year. Vittoria asks Caroline whether she can have a look at her old assignment, and Caroline lends it to her. Caroline explains the criteria she used to analyse the sources. Vittoria submits her paper using the same criteria and assignment structure as Caroline’s.
Both Vittoria and Caroline could face an allegation of collusion.
- Learn more about further developing your research and writing skills.
Be honest and don't seek an unfair advantage
- Don't allow anyone else to do any part of your assessment (and for approved group work assessments, acknowledge all students' work).
- Never use, or provide others with, unauthorised materials relating to an assessment or examination.
- Never copy other students’ work or do anything that puts you at an unfair advantage in an assessment.
- Don't re-use any part of a previous assignment from a different unit (or even the same unit, if you are repeating it) or any part of an assignment submitted to another institution without first getting written permission from your Unit Chair. Depending on the task, the Unit Chair has the right to permit or decline the request.
- Never seek unfair advantage through dishonest behaviour or by providing false or altered documents, such as medical certificates, academic transcripts or assessment submission receipts.
- If you need to obtain special consideration, do this honestly and fairly.
Amelia’s current assignment is similar to one she did two years ago at another university. She decides to use most of the research that she included in her previous assignment, but with some new analysis.
Amelia may have breached academic integrity – she has already received credit for this work in her old assignment. She should have checked with her Unit Chair before she used any part of her previous work.
Follow assessment instructions
It is your responsibility to read your assessment instructions carefully.
- Read your unit guide and assessment instructions well before the assessment due date so that you can prepare properly for the assessment.
- If you are unsure about what you can or cannot take into an exam, ask your lecturer well before the exam date or post a question on your unit site discussion forum.
- If you are unsure about any of your assessment instructions, talk to your lecturer or tutor as soon as possible. Or contact Deakin Study Support for free and expert advice.
Help to promote a culture of academic integrity
Deakin staff and students have a responsibility to support each other to do the right thing.
Always promote academic integrity at Deakin and as a representative of Deakin. Any student found to have shared information with other students about ways to breach academic integrity – for example, providing information on contract cheating services or uploading one of your own assignments to a sharing website – can be investigated under Deakin’s Student Academic Integrity Procedure.