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Student Research Misconduct Penalty Schedule

Schedule overview

1 Purpose

To establish the penalties for Research Misconduct, a Breach in Research and Failure to Implement the Code by Students.

2 Scope

This schedule must be read in conjunction with the Research Conduct Complaint Procedure and is subordinate to it.

3 Schedule

3.1 Student penalties

3.1.1 Failure to Implement the Code

On determination that Failure to Implement the Code has taken place, the penalty which may be imposed on the Student is one or more of the following:

  • counselling in responsible conduct of research practices, with or without the higher degree by research supervisory team, and/or research team; and/or
  • a reduced or nil result for the Assessment Item affected by Failure to Implement the Code; and/or
  • a fail Grade for the Course affected by Failure to Implement the Code; and/or
  • entry onto the Student Academic Misconduct Register as per the Academic Integrity Procedure.

3.1.2 Breach in Research

On determination that a Breach in Research has occurred, the penalty which may be imposed on the Student is one or more of the following:

  • counselling in responsible conduct of research practices, with or without the higher degree by research supervisory team; and/or
  • a reduced or nil result for the Assessment Item affected by a Breach in Research; and/or
  • a fail Grade for the Course affected by Breach in Research; and/or
  • entry onto the Student Academic Misconduct Register as per the Academic Integrity Procedure; and/or
  • Exclusion from Enrolment in the program for a specified period, not normally exceeding 12 months; and/or
  • other, as deemed appropriate by the Vice-Chancellor (or nominee).

3.1.3 Research Misconduct

On determination that Research Misconduct has taken place, the penalty which may be imposed on the Student is normally any or all of the following:

  • counselling in responsible conduct of research practices, with or without the higher degree by research supervisory team;
  • a fail Grade for the Course in which Research Misconduct occurred;
  • entry onto the Student Academic Misconduct Register as per the Academic Integrity Procedure;
  • Exclusion from the program, with readmission to the program at the discretion of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities), in consultation with either the Director (Research Training and Development) , or the relevant Faculty Executive Dean, and based on consideration of the Student's case for readmission;
  • revocation of Award, in accordance with the Award Eligibility and Graduation Policy;
  • other, as deemed appropriate by the Vice-Chancellor (or nominee).

3.1.4 Student history

Where a Student has been found guilty of Failure to Implement the Code or a Breach in Research on more than one occasion and has been previously been penalised in accordance with this Schedule, the penalty will normally be Exclusion from the program, unless in the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) there are mitigating circumstances. The Exclusion will be processed in accordance with the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

4 References

Nil.

5 Schedule Information

Accountable Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Policy Type

University Procedure

Approved Date

17/9/2015

Effective Date

17/9/2015

Review Date

17/9/2018

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Award Eligibility and Graduation Policy

Research Code of Conduct Policy

Student Code of Conduct Policy

Student Complaint and Appeal Policy

Related Procedures

Academic Appeal Procedure

Academic Integrity Procedure

Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure

Research Conduct Complaint Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Assessment Item

An individual Assessment task as outlined in the Assessment schedule for a Course. Assessment Items may consist of Assignments or Formal Examinations and may be Formal, Informal, Formative or Summative in nature....moreAn individual Assessment task as outlined in the Assessment schedule for a Course. Assessment Items may consist of Assignments or Formal Examinations and may be Formal, Informal, Formative or Summative in nature.

Award

The qualification conferred upon a Student following the successful completion of an Academic Program. The categories of Award include: Associate Degree, Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master Degree (both Coursework and research), Doctoral Degree (both Coursework and research) and Higher Doctorate....moreThe qualification conferred upon a Student following the successful completion of an Academic Program. The categories of Award include: Associate Degree, Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master Degree (both Coursework and research), Doctoral Degree (both Coursework and research) and Higher Doctorate.

Breach in Research

A Breach in Research occurs where there is a contravention of the specific provisions of the University's Research Code of Conduct Policy and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, however the contravention is less serious and is not deliberate. Any repetition or continuation of the contravention may however constitute Research Misconduct....moreA Breach in Research occurs where there is a contravention of the specific provisions of the University's Research Code of Conduct Policy and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, however the contravention is less serious and is not deliberate. Any repetition or continuation of the contravention may however constitute Research Misconduct.

Course

The basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program....moreThe basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program.

Employee

A person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University....moreA person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University.

Enrolment

The process of admitting Students to one or more Courses for the current Academic Year....moreThe process of admitting Students to one or more Courses for the current Academic Year.

Exclusion

Prohibition from enrolling in a Course or a program for a specified period....moreProhibition from enrolling in a Course or a program for a specified period.

Failure to Implement the Code

Failure to Implement the Code occurs when a Research Worker who, individually, or as part of a team, fails to take responsibility for achieving the standards aspired to in the Research Code of Conduct Policy and/or in Part A of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research....moreFailure to Implement the Code occurs when a Research Worker who, individually, or as part of a team, fails to take responsibility for achieving the standards aspired to in the Research Code of Conduct Policy and/or in Part A of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Grade (noun)

A Grade is a code that indicates the status of the Assessment of Student performance against the learning objectives of a Course....moreA Grade is a code that indicates the status of the Assessment of Student performance against the learning objectives of a Course.

Research Conduct Complaint

A Complaint involving an allegation of: A Failure to Implement the Code (where the 'Code' is the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and/or the Research Code of Conduct Policy); and /or A Breach in Research; and/or Research Misconduct....moreA Complaint involving an allegation of:A Failure to Implement the Code (where the 'Code' is the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and/or the Research Code of Conduct Policy); and /orA Breach in Research; and/orResearch Misconduct.

Research Misconduct

Research Misconduct occurs where there is a serious or deliberate failure to comply with the specific provisions of the University's Research Code of Conduct Policy, its supporting policies, pursuant procedures and processes and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. An allegation relates to Research Misconduct if it involves all of the following: an alleged bre...moreResearch Misconduct occurs where there is a serious or deliberate failure to comply with the specific provisions of the University's Research Code of Conduct Policy, its supporting policies, pursuant procedures and processes and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.An allegation relates to Research Misconduct if it involves all of the following:an alleged breach of the Research Code of Conduct Policy and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research; andintent and deliberation, recklessness or gross and persistent negligence; andserious consequences, such as false information on the public record, or adverse effects on research participants, animals or the environment.Research Misconduct does not include honest errors or honest differences in interpretation or judgments of data.Examples of Research Misconduct include, but are not limited to, the following:fabrication of data or resultsfalsification or misrepresentation of results of data including changing recordsfailure to declare and manage serious conflicts of interestfalsification or misrepresentation to obtain fundingconducting research without ethics approval as required by the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007; the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th Edition 2013; or the Gene Technology Act 2010 (Cwlth) (or any subsequent editions or instruments)risking the safety of human participants, the wellbeing of animals, or the environmentwillful concealment or facilitation of Research Misconduct by othersdeviations from the Research Code of Conduct Policy, or its supporting policies, pursuant procedures and processes and/or the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research that occur through gross or persistent negligenceother practices that seriously deviate from those commonly accepted within the research community for proposing, conducting or reporting research.Repeated or continuing breaches of the Research Code of Conduct Policy, its supporting policies, pursuant procedures and processes and/or the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research may also constitute Research Misconduct, and do so where these have been the subject of previous counselling or specific direction.

Student

A person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program....moreA person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program.

Definitions that relate to this schedule only

Keywords

Record No

14/2802PL

Failure to comply with this Policy or Policy Instrument may be considered as misconduct and the provisions of the relevant Policy or Procedure applied.

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