Academic Misconduct Penalty Schedule

Schedule overview

1 Purpose

To set out the penalties for Academic Misconduct.

2 Scope

This schedule must be read in conjunction with the Student Academic Misconduct Procedure and is subordinate to it.

3 Schedule

Educational interventions which inform the Student about appropriate academic practice must be applied in addition to any penalties outlined in the table below.

Category and Description

Penalty

Approval

Category 1

Plagiarised but not significant to the outcome, or Collusion

Inexperience is the key mitigating factor e.g. Students in the first 4 units of study.

No prior breaches recorded

One of the following actions:

  • Warning with no Mark reduction;
  • Resubmit work with no Mark penalty;
  • Resubmit work with Mark reduction;
  • Warning with Mark reduction;
  • Mark Student's original content in the work disregarding plagiarised parts.

NOTE: Any Mark reduction for this level should be no more than 20% of the total awardable Mark.

Head of School/College

Category 1

More substantial Plagiarism by an inexperienced Student e.g. Students in the first 4 units of study

OR

Moderate extent of Plagiarism as assessed by the Course Examiner e.g. parts of the work, including some key learning points, are Plagiarised

Plagiarism or Collusion where relatively small parts of the work submitted are identical

OR

One prior Category 1 breach recorded

One of the following actions:

  • Resubmit work with no Mark reduction;
  • Mark Student's original content in the work disregarding plagiarised parts;
  • Resubmit work with a maximum Mark of 50/100 (or 50%);
  • Mark capped of 50/100 (or 50%).

Head of School/College

Category 2

Significant Plagiarism as assessed by the Course Examiner e.g. Large sections of the work, including most key learning points, are Plagiarised

Plagiarism or Collusion where large sections of the submitted work are identical/almost identical to work submitted by another Student.

One of the following actions:

  • Award zero Marks for the Assessment Item;
  • Award zero Marks for the Course, leading to a Fail Grade for the Course.

Associate Dean (Learning, Teaching and Student Success)

Category 2

The whole /almost the whole of the work submitted has been Plagiarised; and/or

Plagiarism or Collusion where the whole/almost the whole of the work submitted is identical/almost identical to work submitted by another Student; and/or

All or a large part of the work submitted was the work of another person; and/or

Evidence of a deliberate attempt to disguise Plagiarism; and/or

Evidence of Solicitation of Contract Cheating

Evidence of Contract Cheating occurred.

One of the following actions:

  • Fail (0%) for the Assessment Item;
  • Fail (0%) for the Course;
  • Suspension from the University for 1-3 years for Contract Cheating or repeated Category 2 Academic Misconduct;
  • Permanent expulsion from the University for Contract Cheating or repeated Category 2 Academic Misconduct.

Associate Dean (Learning, Teaching and Student Success)

For suspension up to 12 months:

Executive Dean

For 1-3 year suspension:

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on the recommendation of the Executive Dean

For permanent expulsion:

Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and the Executive Dean

4 References

Nil.

5 Schedule Information

Accountable Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Responsible Officer

Executive Deans (BELA/HES)

Policy Type

University Procedure

Policy Suite

Student Academic Integrity Policy

Student Academic Misconduct Procedure

Approved Date

30/11/2020

Effective Date

22/2/2021

Review Date

22/2/2024

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Related Procedures

Related forms, publications and websites

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness and respect in learning, teaching and Research. It is important for Students, academics, Researchers and all staff to act in an honest way, be responsible for their actions, and show fairness in every part of their work. Staff should be role models to Students. Academic Integrity is important for an individual'...moreAcademic Integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness and respect in learning, teaching and Research. It is important for Students, academics, Researchers and all staff to act in an honest way, be responsible for their actions, and show fairness in every part of their work. Staff should be role models to Students. Academic Integrity is important for an individual's and an institution's reputation (EAIP, 2013).

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct encompasses all behaviours, including doing as well as attempting to do, any of the acts, omissions or activities that constitute Academic Misconduct: involving the misrepresentation of academic achievement; or undermining the core values (honesty, trust, fairness and respect) of Academic Integrity; or breaching Academic Integrity; whether intentional or unintenti...moreAcademic Misconduct encompasses all behaviours, including doing as well as attempting to do, any of the acts, omissions or activities that constitute Academic Misconduct: involving the misrepresentation of academic achievement; or undermining the core values (honesty, trust, fairness and respect) of Academic Integrity; or breaching Academic Integrity; whether intentional or unintentional. Academic Misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following: Plagiarism; submitting (for Assessment or review) work prepared by another person; Collusion, such as any unauthorised collaboration in preparation or presentation of work, including knowingly allowing personal work to be copied by others; all forms of Cheating in examinations and other Assessment tasks; Contract Cheating and Solicitation; offering or accepting bribes (money or sexual or other favours), e.g. for Admission or for Marks/Grades; and fabrication or falsification of information or Student identity (TEQSA Guidance Note: Academic Integrity, Version 1.2, 28 March 2019).

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.

Collusion

Where a piece of work is produced, in whole or in part, by working closely with one or more individuals or in a group but is presented as if it were the Student's own work. Examples of Collusion may include but are not limited to: working through an assessed task or question and writing the answers or determining the precise approach together so that submitted Assessment is very similar in ...moreWhere a piece of work is produced, in whole or in part, by working closely with one or more individuals or in a group but is presented as if it were the Student's own work. Examples of Collusion may include but are not limited to: working through an assessed task or question and writing the answers or determining the precise approach together so that submitted Assessment is very similar in content, structure and style; and sharing answers or giving access to questions and answers or completed Assessment Items or tasks.

Contract Cheating

When a Student engages another party, whether paid or unpaid, to produce an Assessment Item on their behalf and submits it as their own original work. It may involve a Student purchasing the assessment task from a commercial service, including internet sites, whether pre-written or specially prepared for the Student concerned, or submitting an Assessment Item produced by a third party,...moreWhen a Student engages another party, whether paid or unpaid, to produce an Assessment Item on their behalf and submits it as their own original work. It may involve a Student purchasing the assessment task from a commercial service, including internet sites, whether pre-written or specially prepared for the Student concerned, or submitting an Assessment Item produced by a third party, including a friend, family member, fellow or former Student, or Employee of the University.

Course

A discrete element of a program, normally undertaken over a single Teaching Period, in which the Student enrols, and on completion of which the Student is awarded a grade....moreA discrete element of a program, normally undertaken over a single Teaching Period, in which the Student enrols, and on completion of which the Student is awarded a grade.

Examiner

A University staff member, normally an academic staff member, continuing or fixed term, appointed to be responsible for the conduct and Assessment of a Course in accordance with the prescribed Course Specification....moreA University staff member, normally an academic staff member, continuing or fixed term, appointed to be responsible for the conduct and Assessment of a Course in accordance with the prescribed Course Specification.

Executive Dean

For the purposes of these Policies and unless otherwise defined in a specific Policy, the term 'Executive Dean' means the chief executive officer of a Faculty....moreFor the purposes of these Policies and unless otherwise defined in a specific Policy, the term 'Executive Dean' means the chief executive officer of a Faculty.

Head of School/College

An academic staff member responsible for the administration of the Course offerings in one or more discipline areas....moreAn academic staff member responsible for the administration of the Course offerings in one or more discipline areas.

Learning Outcomes

The expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning....moreThe expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning.

Mark

An indication of mastery or non-mastery of an assessment task that takes the form of a numerical value....moreAn indication of mastery or non-mastery of an assessment task that takes the form of a numerical value.

Plagiarism

An attempt to obtain undeserved advantage by taking and using any person's ideas and/or manner of expressing them in order to pass them off as one's own original work by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement. This includes material from any source - published and unpublished works - as well as one's own work used for another purpose (i.e. Assessment Item, publication etc.)....moreAn attempt to obtain undeserved advantage by taking and using any person's ideas and/or manner of expressing them in order to pass them off as one's own original work by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement. This includes material from any source - published and unpublished works - as well as one's own work used for another purpose (i.e. Assessment Item, publication etc.).

Student

A person who is admitted to an Award Program or Non-Award Program offered by the University and is: currently enrolled in one or more Courses or study units; or not currently enrolled but is on an approved Leave of Absence or whose admission has not been cancelled....moreA person who is admitted to an Award Program or Non-Award Program offered by the University and is: currently enrolled in one or more Courses or study units; or not currently enrolled but is on an approved Leave of Absence or whose admission has not been cancelled.

Vice-Chancellor

The person bearing the title of Vice-Chancellor and President, or as otherwise defined in the University of Southern Queensland Act 1998, including a person acting in that position....moreThe person bearing the title of Vice-Chancellor and President, or as otherwise defined in the University of Southern Queensland Act 1998, including a person acting in that position.

Definitions that relate to this schedule only

Solicitation

Offering, encouraging, inducing or advertising for another individual/Student to contract, commission, pay, procure, or complete on their behalf, Assessment Items or tasks that are likely to result in their use for the purpose of Cheating, misrepresentation and/or Plagiarism.

Keywords

Record No

14/732PL

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