QUT is committed to creating and fostering an environment that encourages and rewards academic integrity, and to providing clear guidance and assistance to students to ensure that they understand the requirement to maintain academic integrity . This means that students and staff are expected to exhibit honesty, respect, fairness and trust, and act in a responsible manner when undertaking academic activities. Breaking the principles of academic integrity will be interpreted as dishonesty.
What are the principles at QUT?
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications for all graduates. This includes supporting and assuring the academic integrity of assessment. Any actions or practice by a student which defeats the purpose of assessment is regarded as a failure to maintain academic integrity. This involves representing another person's ideas or work as one's own (plagiarism), including resubmitting one's own work for another assessment item and cheating in examinations.
Why is detecting and penalising plagiarism important at QUT?
- Students who plagiarise intentionally or otherwise in assessment items are not providing appropriate evidence of the learning undertaken in the degree.
- Members of an academic community that plagiarise undermine the value of the knowledge generated by that community.
- Allowing students to obtain degrees with plagiarised assessment items lowers the quality of the University’s graduates and so undermines the value of the qualifications offered and the achievements of the other students.
Plagiarism in academic work is detected in a number of ways:
- Markers are usually subject matter experts who will recognise the contributions of previous authors if they are presented inappropriately in submitted work.
- The writing style used in submitted work often provides signs where plagiarism has taken place (e.g. dramatic changes in language used from paragraph to paragraph).
- Electronic detection tools are now available that identify content matches with other sources (QUT uses a detection tool called SafeAssign). Your unit coordinator may require you to use these tools and to supply reports generated by them as part of the conditions of assessment for particular units.
- You can be asked to authenticate your learning on an assessment item (eg. through showing notes/drafts, resource materials used in the preparation of the item or by undertaking a viva or practical based exam).
Checking your work
- You are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services such as the QUT cite|write to help you consider and check your assessment items.
- Where available, use content matching software such as SafeAssign and submit generated reports as part of the conditions of assessment for your unit.
- Consult with your tutor/lecturer prior to submission if you are unsure - including interpreting reports from plagiarism detection software or checking the level of collaboration is permitted.
What is considered as dishonest?
Actions that are interpreted by the university as being dishonest include:
1. Cheating in exams
This includes any action or attempted action on the part of a student which might gain that student an unfair advantage in the examination. Common methods of cheating include:
This involves representing another person’s ideas or work as one’s own. It may also including resubmitting one’s own work for another assessment item. Common forms of plagiarism include:
3. Other forms
Other forms of failing to maintain academic integrity include but are not limited to:
These rules can be found at MOPP C/5.3, QUT's manual of policies and procedures.
Information in this section adapted with permission from University of Leeds (UK).