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Student Academic Integrity Policy

Purpose

To ensure the University takes a consistent approach to academic integrity among students to protect and enhance the University's reputation and academic standards.

Scope

All campuses
Coursework students

Policy Statement

Honesty, fairness and respect are central tenets of Monash University, reflected in the Monash University Ethics Statement and the Monash University Student Charter. These principles extend to all areas of the University, including scholarly endeavour.

Monash University is committed to upholding standards of academic integrity and honesty.

Monash students are therefore required to:

  • undertake studies and research responsibly and with honesty and integrity;
  • ensure that academic work is in no way falsified;
  • seek permission to use the work of others, where required;
  • acknowledge appropriately the work of others; and
  • take reasonable steps to ensure that other students are unable to copy or misuse their work.

Staff involved in learning, teaching and research are expected to display leadership in academic integrity and use a range of approaches to educate students to practise honesty in their academic work.

Plagiarism, collusion and cheating, including assisting others to cheat, are unacceptable and will be dealt with under Part 7 of the Monash University (Council) Regulations.

Supporting procedures

Student Academic Integrity: Managing Plagiarism and Collusion Procedures

Supporting guidelines

Responsibility for implementation

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Associate Deans (Education)
Heads of academic units
Chief Examiners
Faculty Manager
All staff involved in assessment and supervision
All students

Status

Revised

Key Stakeholders

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training)
University Solicitor's Office
Associate Deans (Education)
Associate Deans (Research Degrees)
University Librarian
Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching
Pro Vice-Chancellor Planning and Quality
Student association representatives
Registrar - Sunway
Deputy Vice-President Academic, Sunway campus
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Monash South Africa)

Approval body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 3/13
Date: 05-June-2013
Agenda item: 11.3

Endorsement body

Name: Learning and Teaching Committee
Meeting: 2/2013
Date: 16-April-2013
Agenda item: 7.1

Definitions

Academic integrity: is the moral code of academia. It involves using, generating and communicating information in an ethical, honest and responsible manner.

Academic misconduct: means conduct by which a student seeks to gain for himself, herself or another person an unfair or unjustified academic advantage in a course or unit of study and includes, cheating, collusion and plagiarism. It may be intentional or reckless.

Cheat/Cheating: means to seek to obtain an unfair advantage in an examination or written, oral or practical work, required to be submitted or completed for assessment in a course or unit of study and includes the resubmission of work that has already been assessed in another unit.

Collusion: means unauthorised collaboration on assessable written, oral or practical work with another person or persons.

Plagiarism: means to take and use another person's ideas and or manner of expressing them and to pass them off as one's own by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement, including the use of material from any source, staff, students or the Internet, published and unpublished works.

Proofreading: The process of identifying errors and suggesting corrections to a text. This must not involve rewriting passages of text in order to clarify meaning; amending the words used by the author (except to identify the correct spelling of the word used); rearranging passages of text or code, or reformatting other material; contributing additional material to the original; and checking calculations or formulae.

Legislation Mandating Compliance

All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.

Monash University (Council) Regulations - Part 7
Student Discipline Regulations (Monash Australia and Monash South Africa)
Student Discipline Regulations (Monash University Sunway Campus Malaysia)

Related policies

Acceptable Use of Information Technology Facilities by Students Policy and Procedures
Assessment in Coursework Programs Policy and Unit Assessment Procedures
Special Consideration Policy and  Procedures
Grading Scale Policy and  Procedures
Privacy of Student Records Policy and Procedures

Related documents

Monash University Student Charter
Student Discipline Guidelines
Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Monash University Ethics Statement
Student Academic Integrity Flowchart
Academic Integrity Guidelines [forthcoming]

Date Effective

15-June-2013

Review Date

05-June-2016

Owner

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Author

Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), University Policy

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