Academic integrity involves upholding ethical standards in all aspects of academic work, including learning, teaching and research. It involves acting with the principles of honesty, fairness, trust, and responsibility and requires respect for knowledge and its development. Academic integrity is foundational to the work of the whole academic community, including students, educators, researchers, coordinators, and administrators.
Why is it important?
Commitment to the principles of academic integrity facilitates the acquisition of knowledge, skills, ethics, and professional competencies needed to succeed in the world of work and engage with the global community. When a student participates in academic misconduct, the student undermines the learning outcomes of their program of study and jeopardises their readiness for the workplace. In addition, the University's reputation may be compromised, as the student’s academic achievement is not accurately represented.
What is academic misconduct?
Academic misconduct, whether inadvertent or deliberate, includes the failure to comply with the Regulations, policies and procedures determining the conduct of candidates during assessment including plagiarism and cheating; falsification or misrepresentation of academic records; and other actions that are judged to be acts of academic misconduct (Schedule A - Definitions, Bond University Discipline Regulations). See also Schedule B - Student Code of Conduct in these Regulations for further definition.
University academic misconduct management framework
The University framework for managing allegations of academic misconduct ensures allegations are dealt with in an equitable, consistent, transparent, and timely manner. For detailed processes and the serious outcomes that may result, refer to the Academic misconduct management flowchart.
Plagiarism (see the Did I Plagiarise? chart)
Plagiarism is misrepresenting as one's own original work:
- another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works and/or
- one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism)
These ideas, interpretations, words, or works may be found in published and unpublished documents, print and/or electronic media, designs, music, sounds, images, photographs or computer codes, or gained through working in a group. (Schedule A - Definitions, Bond University Discipline Regulations)
Unauthorised collaboration between two or more students which makes it difficult to identify who actually produced the assessable material. In instances of collusion, no distinction is drawn between those who cheat or plagiarise in an assessment and those who facilitate such conduct.
Cheating in exams
If no materials/aids are permitted in the examination venue, you cannot bring in, for example, any notes, formulas, books, or electronic devices. This counts as cheating regardless of whether you use them or not. For take-home exams, letting another person help you, either with the whole exam or just parts of it, will be regarded as cheating. Furthermore, if it is another student who is helping you, they are also cheating.
For instance, fabricated references or citations.
Contract cheating (or ghost-writing)
Work produced by an external agent or third party (ghost-writer) and submitted as a student’s original piece of work.
Make an appointment with your Faculty Librarian for one-on-one help with finding information for assignments, accessing recommended databases and referencing.
Academic Skills Centre
We understand university study presents new challenges, in the form of writing essays, giving oral presentations, practicing time-management, and preparing for exams. The Academic Skills Centre team offers personalised help, with one-on-one sessions, small group workshops and seminars to improve your skills in:
- academic writing
- organising and structuring essays
- time-management and study methods
- oral presentations
- citing and referencing
- developing critical reading skills
- preparing for exams
This service is provided for both domestic and international students at all study levels.
Academic Integrity Module
The University encourages the completion by all new students of the Academic Integrity Module to support and develop good practices in academic integrity. Students complete the Module as part of CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication or as determined by Faculties.
Plagiarism detection software
Bond University utilises an online text-matching service which operates through iLearn. Documents submitted via iLearn are automatically checked for originality against documents from other sources: for example, documents available for public access on the Internet, major library databases, a Bond University institutional document archive (containing all assignments submitted via iLearn by Bond staff and students), and a global reference database, which contains documents submitted by other institutions around the world.
Once the document has been checked, a report is generated and automatically made available via iLearn. The report shows which, if any, text in the submitted document matches text from other documents.
This service can help educators identify plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, it also has features designed to aid in educating students about plagiarism and the importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content.
Top three tips for avoiding academic misconduct
- Complete individual assessments yourself and always participate to the fullest extent in group or pair work.
- Say NO to anyone who encourages you to cheat, assist in their cheating, or keep their cheating secret.
- Never forget that academic misconduct places your academic career and future at serious risk. Your reputation is very important. It is NOT worth it!
Suspected incidents of academic misconduct should be raised with the Faculty Associate Dean, Student Affairs & Service Quality.
In the first instance, you will meet with the academic staff member responsible for the work, e.g. tutor, lecturer, subject coordinator. Following this discussion, if it is decided that the incident is a case of poor scholarship you will receive a letter from the Associate Dean, Student Affairs & Service Quality (or equivalent for Bond University College/Office of Core Curriculum). There will be a record of poor scholarship in the University disciplinary database.If it is decided that the incident is more serious, you will receive notification that the case has been referred to either the Faculty Discipline Committee or to the University Disciplinary Board. You may be accompanied by, or represented by another person not being legal counsel or a solicitor at this hearing.
The Bond University Student Association (BUSA) Advocacy Director is available to advise, accompany or represent students for academic disciplinary hearings and academic misconduct charges.