As a Bond student, you are expected to comply with the university’s standards of behaviour when interacting with other students, staff, and members of the community. This includes adhering to the Student Charter, the Student Code of Conduct, University Policies and Procedures and State and Federal Legislation.
Student Code of Conduct
All students have a responsibility to comply with the Student Code of Conduct:
1. The Bond University Student Charter sets out the expectations which you may have during your education at Bond and, in turn, outlines what we can expect of you including recognition that ethical and honest behaviour and treatment underpins the relationship between the University and each student. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the Student Charter which was developed in consultation with the Bond University Student Association.
The University expects students to behave in a way that:
a) promotes the proper use of University equipment, facilities, information, and the property of other persons on its sites.
b) recognises that the pursuit of academic excellence is a key aim of the University and that proper student assessment and research procedures are essential in achieving that aim;
c) allows reasonable freedom to others to pursue their studies, research, duties, and other lawful activities at the University and on its sites and participate in the life of the University;
2. Misconduct by a student is any violation of the Student Code of Conduct, whether inadvertent or deliberate, and can arise from a single act or omission or pattern of behaviour. It constitutes prohibited behaviour by a student, or an attempt to commit prohibited behaviour, that:
a) impairs the reasonable freedom of others to pursue their studies, researches, duties, and other lawful activities at the University or on the site of a partner or affiliate organisation, or to participate in the life of the University; or
b) hinders the pursuit of academic excellence by circumvention of proper procedures in relation to student assessment or research; or
c) amounts to improper use of University equipment, facilities or information, or improper use of the property of others on the University site; or
d) amounts to improper use of the student’s role, responsibility, or authority during placement with a partner or affiliate organisation; or
e) is otherwise instanced in the Student Code of Conduct.
3. Examples of misconduct are set out below:
Academic misconduct is misconduct by a student that occurs in relation to the student’s academic endeavours. Without limiting the effects of this clause or the objectives of the Academic Integrity Policy, instances of academic misconduct are set out as follows:
- All forms of academic dishonesty or misrepresentation, including but not limited to cheating, or doing anything which may assist a person to cheat, in relation to assessment. For example:
- plagiarising the work of another person, including a fellow student, by adapting or incorporating it in a piece of assessment without due acknowledgement;
plagiarising the ideas of an author of a text by incorporating them in a piece of assessment without due acknowledgement;
- collaborating with another student about assessable work and representing that as individual work;
- fabricating, falsifying or mis-stating results, records of attendance, measures of performance or tasks completed, which are reported in or relied on for the purposes of a piece of assessment;
- submitting the same or a similar piece of work twice, unless prior approval has been obtained from the lead educators of both subjects;
submitting the same or a similar piece of work when repeating a subject unless prior approval has been obtained from the lead educator of that subject;
- possessing, accessing or using unauthorised material or information in any location during an examination.;
- removing or endeavouring to remove from the examination any question or answer paper, other paper provided for use by the student during the examination, or other material that is the property of the University, unless authorised.
- engaging in any type of fraud or misrepresentation, including impersonating another student or allowing another person to impersonate them, for the purpose of completing an examination, assessment task or online activity.
- using or negotiating (or attempting to negotiate) to use a website to obtain or purchase (or to seek to obtain or purchase) services or documentation to complete or to contribute to a piece of assessable work. This provision applies even if the specified services or documentation are not utilised in the work completed for assessment. However, it does not apply to obtaining research material, such as published journal articles, books, book chapters or other research outputs, used to complete assessable work with due acknowledgement.
- providing or using contract cheating/ghost writing services (i.e. work submitted by a student is completed by another person, including a fellow student, irrespective of the other person’s relationship with the student and whether they are paid or unpaid).
- using artificial intelligence tools to complete or contribute to assessable work in a subject unless this has been authorised by the lead educator of that subject
- selling, publishing, distributing or bartering (or attempting to sell, publish, distribute or barter), without permission, Bond University subject materials (such as handouts, presentation slides or assessment questions), or student study notes or assessment responses based on such materials, or any other Bond University intellectual material.
General misconduct is misconduct by a student that occurs when the student engages in, or attempts to engage in, any instance of the following behaviours, acts or omissions by any means, including by use of digital technologies:
Dealing with Others
- a) Creating a disturbance or disruption, or being disorderly or obstructive, in relation to University or University-affiliated activities, including but not limited to classroom-related activities, studying, teaching, research, intellectual or creative endeavour, recreational sport, administration, service, placement with a partner or affiliate organisation, or the provision of communication, computing, or emergency services.
- b) Fraudulent behaviour in connection with the University, including misrepresenting oneself or an organisation as an agent of the University.
- c) Knowingly providing advice, assistance or services outside of the student’s authority during placement with a partner or affiliate organisation.
- d) Harassment based on any of the prohibited grounds of discrimination set out in the AntiDiscrimination Act 1991 (Qld), for example: i. sexual harassment of a person; or ii. harassment based on an imbalance of power, or on a person’s age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, national origin, race, religion, intersex status, or sexual orientation.
- e) Engaging in any sexual offence defined in the Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, Assault and Harassment Policy, including but not limited to sexual exploitation, sexual assault, public sexual indecency or indecent exposure.
- f) Bullying, threatening, endangering, assaulting or causing harm to any member of the University community or member of the public, or causing reasonable apprehension of such harm, either directly or by other means, including using insulting, threatening or obscene language.
- g) Engaging in conduct that results in a conviction, a finding of guilt or a fine for a serious criminal offence, whether or not a formal conviction is recorded, that is detrimental to the reputation of the University wherever the conduct that resulted in that conviction, finding of guilt or a fine occurs.
- h) Making a false, vexatious, malicious, or frivolous complaint regarding inappropriate behaviour of others.
- i) Engaging in any conduct, whether within or outside the University, that is prejudicial to the good order and management of the University or brings the University into disrepute.
Facilities and Information
a) Intentionally damaging or disrespecting, or wrongfully dealing with, the University site or environs, or any property of the University. For example:
iii. lighting a fire without permission;
iv. public urination;
v. injuring or frightening birds or other wildlife;
vi. defacing, or affixing a notice to, part of the University site;
vii. damage to, theft of, or failing to return Library material or information technology equipment.
- b) Unauthorised access to, or use of, or assisting another person to gain unauthorised access to University property, resources or facilities.
c) Unauthorised access to, disclosure of, or use of any:
i. University document, record or identification;
ii. confidential or privileged information available during placement with a partner or affiliate organisation, including confidential patient records accessed during placement in a healthcare facility.
- d) Forgery, falsification, unauthorised alteration, or misuse of University, or University-related, records, identification or documents (e.g. medical certificates and/or other documentation submitted in relation to deferred examinations or appeals), including admissions fraud.
- e) Knowingly disclosing information relating to any University matter which is of a confidential nature and which the student has no right to divulge.
- f) Recording by audio and/or visual means any class, consultation or discussion with a teacher or member of staff, or transmitting such a recording to any other person, without the prior express consent of those recorded.
g) Misuse of information technology facilities (including software) or communication facilities of the University. For example:
i. using a facility for unauthorised purposes;
ii. unauthorised modification, transfer or deletion of any hardware, software, or data;
iii. unlawful copying of software using a University facility or installing software on a University facility without authorisation;
iv. downloading, viewing and/or distribution of illegal, pornographic or extremely violent material.
- h) Misuse, theft, misappropriation, destruction, damage, or unauthorised use, access or reproduction, of property, data, records, equipment or services belonging to the University or any other person or entity.
Alcohol, Drugs and Dangerous Items
- a) Unlawfully possessing, using, supplying, manufacturing, distributing or selling illicit, restricted or controlled substances, including but not limited to alcohol, poisons, drugs or drug paraphernalia.
- b) Smoking (using smoking products or electronic cigarettes as defined in the Smoking on Campus Procedure) on any Bond University campus in all indoor and outdoor areas except for Designated Smoking Areas.
- c) Possessing, using or storing any weapon, dangerous instrument, explosive device, fireworks or dangerous chemical.
Failure to Cooperate
- a) Breaching policies and procedures of the University.
- b) Failing to comply with workplace health and safety or induction requirements and processes of the University, or a partner or affiliate organisation.
- c) Failing to comply with directions from authorised officers in the performance of their duty, including providing false information, such as false identification, or failing to provide information to the University or to authorised officers in the performance of their duty.
d) Disobeying a reasonable direction of an authorised officer to promote the good order and management of the University. For example:
i. refusing to leave a building or part of a building when directed to do so by a security officer;
ii. failing to comply with a direction by a member of academic staff not to record by audio and/or visual means any class, or to refrain from passing recordings of classes to others;
iii. failing to comply with or obstructing a member of staff (including security officers) or officers of the public emergency services acting in performance of their duties.
- e) Not satisfactorily complying with an order made by the University Disciplinary Board or other decision maker
Behaviour in Student Housing
Any breach of the Student Housing Rules, as defined in the Student Housing Handbook.
Behaviour in Sports
Any breach of the following expectations of behaviour when representing Bond University in sport:
- a) Respect for the rights, dignity and worth of fellow players, coaches, officials and spectators.
- b) Adherence to the game’s rules at all times, including when the student is subjected to acts of aggression.
- c) Respect for the talent, potential and development of fellow players and competitors.
- d) Care and respect for any equipment provided or utilised as part of the activity.
- e) Frankness and honesty with coaches concerning illness and injury and the ability to train for or participate fully within all sporting activities.
- f) Professional conduct in relation to language, temper and punctuality.
- g) High personal behaviour standards at all times.
- h) Respect for the rules of the event and the decisions of officials, with all appeals lodged through formal processes.
- i) Maintaining an appropriate state of physical health for the competition, including being free of the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- j) Cooperation with coaches and staff in the development of programs to adequately prepare students for competition at the highest level.
Further instances of general misconduct include:
When on-line behaviour is unprofessional (or unlawful), it can lead to potential legal and ethical dilemmas. Bond’s Social Media Policy informs staff and students of expected net-etiquette and consequences of breaches.
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment (SASH)
Bond University is serious about its responsibility in protecting students and staff from sexual misconduct on campus or during a Bond University run off-campus activity. The University will act in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct Policy and Sexual Exploitation, Assault, Abuse & Harassment Policy when a formal report of an incident has been submitted. Bond has specialist staff trained in responding to serious incidents.
- Dealing with allegations of misconduct
Dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct
This advice is for students who may be responding to allegations of sexual misconduct. Being accused of sexual misconduct is a serious matter and can be a traumatic experience. The University’s Duty of Care applies to all parties named in complaints related to sexual misconduct.
You can download the 'Advice for students accused of sexual misconduct' PDF resource here.
You are responsible for the integrity of your academic work. This includes properly acknowledging and referencing your sources, and accurately representing your own work. If you are found guilty of engaging in academic misconduct (such as cheating, acts of plagiarism, acts of fabrication, recycling content, colluding, falsifying data or ghost writing/contract cheating), depending on the severity of misconduct, you may receive a reduced mark, a fail grade for the assessment piece or the subject or you may even be suspended or expelled from the University. For more information on academic integrity and academic misconduct, click the button below: