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Academic misconduct and how to avoid it

What is Academic Misconduct?

The consequences of Academic Misconduct can be devastating and can have a lifelong impact on your career and reputation. Academic Misconduct encompasses all forms of behaviour which:
‚ÄĘ ¬†Misrepresent academic achievement;
‚ÄĘ ¬†Undermine the core values of academic integrity; or
‚ÄĘ ¬†Fail to comply with the regulations, policies and procedures determining the conduct of candidates during assessment.

Academic Misconduct includes all forms of academic dishonesty including cheating or helping someone to cheat.

Academic Misconduct cannot be justified under any circumstance.

The good news is that there are multiple ways to avoid Academic Misconduct! Read on to discover how.

Types of Academic Misconduct

There are many types of Academic Misconduct. Some of the common types are listed here.

As a student, it is your responsibility to be familiar with these ensure the integrity of your academic work and avoid Academic Misconduct.

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.

Refer to the Student Code of Conduct page for further information.  

Common Causes of Academic Misconduct

Understanding the causes of academic misconduct will help you to avoid it. The following four points are common causes, so take the time to become familiar with them. 

How to Avoid Academic Misconduct

You are responsible for the integrity of your academic work. This includes properly acknowledging and referencing your sources, and accurately representing your own work. Click on the topics below to learn more.

How are academic misconduct cases managed at the University?

University academic misconduct management framework

The University framework for managing allegations of academic misconduct set out in the Student Academic Misconduct Procedure ensures allegations are dealt with in an equitable, consistent, transparent, and timely manner. Also see the Student Academic Misconduct Procedure for detailed processes and the serious outcomes that may result from academic misconduct. 

Breaches or suspected breaches of academic integrity should be reported to your lead educator or the Student Affairs and Service Quality Team from your Faculty.

What do I do if I have received a letter about academic integrity from my Faculty?

  • When an academic integrity breachh is suspected, the Academic Misconduct process for managing cases involves following the University framework for managing allegations of academic misconduct. This 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.

    In the first instance, breaches or suspected breaches of academic integrity should be reported to your lead educator and Associate Dean-Student Affairs and Service Quality team.

    For more information refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, which outlines the University Framework for Managing Allegations of Academic Misconduct, Academic Misconduct Management Flowchart, and Academic Misconduct Determination & Outcomes Guidelines. 

  • 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.

When an academic integrity breachh is suspected, the Academic Misconduct process for managing cases involves following the University framework for managing allegations of academic misconduct. This 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.

In the first instance, breaches or suspected breaches of academic integrity should be reported to your lead educator and Associate Dean-Student Affairs and Service Quality team.

For more information refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, which outlines the University Framework for Managing Allegations of Academic Misconduct, Academic Misconduct Management Flowchart, and Academic Misconduct Determination & Outcomes Guidelines. 

Did you know about the support services at Bond?

The Bond Connect portal connects students to academic support, learning support systems, and diversity and wellbeing support. The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) and the Library and Faculty librarians all offer individual appointments.