Misconduct

What does it mean?

Misconduct may apply if staff or students do not comply with the university regulations. Any student, staff member or member of the community can report misconduct or suspected misconduct by a student or staff member.

There are three kinds of student misconduct:

  • Academic misconduct
  • Academic record fraud
  • General misconduct

For more information on penalties and procedures for student misconduct you can visit Curtin’s website Statute No. 10 - Student Disciplinary Statute
 

Academic Misconduct 

Academic misconduct refers to behaviour by a student that is dishonest or unfair in any academic work. Some examples of academic misconduct include (but are not limited to):

  • Plagiarism – copying another person’s work and submitting it as your own
  • Self-plagiarism – re-submitting work you have submitted in the past
  • Bringing in unauthorised material or devices into the examination venue
  • Asking another person to complete an assessment on your behalf, purchasing an assignment (Contract cheating)
Students suspected of academic misconduct will be sent an email informing you that there has been an allegation of Academic Misconduct and a formal investigation will be carried out.

In this email there will be instructions on how to submit a response. It is important that you submit a response by the date stated. If you are unsure about the process or how to write a response, get in touch with the Student Assist team as soon as possible.

Plagiarism 
Plagiarism is submitting work of another person as if it is your own, without indicating the source of the work. Some examples could be insufficient paraphrasing or lack of referencing.

Curtin has three levels of plagiarism:

Level 1. 
Not so serious. Curtin views this as due to student’s lack of knowledge or experience with no intention to deceive. Level 1 is not considered academic misconduct.

Level 2.
Serious. Students are expected to have a satisfactory knowledge of academic requirements and Curtin consider that students at this level have the intention to be dishonest.

Level 3.
Very serious. Curtin sees this as dishonest and intentional. There is a clear breach of assessment processes. Some examples include making up references, self-plagiarism or contract cheating.

For more information on penalties and procedures, you can visit Curtin’s website What Is Academic Misconduct or Statute No. 10 - Student Disciplinary Statute.

Response process
As level 1 plagiarism is not considered academic misconduct, there is no need to appeal unless you feel strongly that you did not make any errors in your work.

For level 2 & 3 plagiarism the process follows
  1. Students are sent an email informing them of allegation. Students are given an opportunity to respond to the allegation, providing evidence where possible. Responses must be sent in within 7 days from the date that the notification is sent.
If you are unsure of what to write in your response, please get in touch with Student Assist and we can advise you. It is very import that you draft a proper response with evidence. Sending in one line with “I did not plagiarise” is not sufficient.
  1. If the University determines that Academic Misconduct has occurred, an email will be sent to the student stating the penalties given. Students can submit an appeal to the Pro Vice Chancellor (PVC) within 14 days of notification of the outcome. Students can appeal either the determination of Academic Misconduct or the penalty or both.
  1. An email will be sent to student on the outcome. This decision is final. The PVC either decides to keep the outcome or increase/ decrease the level of Academic Misconduct or penalty.
 All students can get in touch with Student Assist at any point in time during this process. It is strongly encouraged that students come and speak to us as soon as they receive the first email. As part of our services, we are able to provide students with advice on drafting a response and reviewing the response before final submission.

Academic Record Fraud
Academic Record Fraud means the behaviour by a student that is dishonest in connection with an Academic Record, such as:
  • Falsifying, or arranging the falsification of, an Academic Record
  • Giving false or misleading information in relation to an Academic Record
  • Allowing a false or misleading Academic Record to be presented on behalf of the Student or another person
Response Process
All students will be sent an email, this is separate from your student email, notifying you that there has been an allegation of Academic Record Fraud and a formal investigation will be done.

In this email there will be instructions on how to put in a response. It is important that you send in a response by the date stated. If you are unsure about the process or how to write a response, get in touch with the Student Assist team as soon as possible. There is also a possibility of a meeting. Student Assist is available to accompany students to this hearing with prior approval from Curtin’s investigating officer.
  1. The student will be sent an email informing them of the allegation. The student will be given at least 7 days to submit a response. This can be done either written or by a meeting.
  1. Once a decision has been made, the student will be notified of the outcome via their email. The student will be given a copy of the investigating report. Students are given the opportunity to request for the outcome to be reviewed or for a lesser penalty. This can be done either written or by requesting for a meeting. This should be done within 14 days of notification of the penalty.
  1. An outcome of this second review will be sent to the students via their email. This decision is final. The decision could be to keep the outcome or increase/ decrease the penalty.
 For more detailed information on procedures and possible penalties, you can visit Curtin’s website Statute No. 10 - Student Disciplinary Statute
 
General Misconduct
General misconduct can occur when a staff or student breaks Commonwealth or state law, or university regulations. Some examples include:
  • Interfering with the freedom of others
  • Disrupting teaching
  • Disrupting meetings, ceremonies or other official events
  • Violence
  • Trespassing
  • Damage to property
  • Misuse of computers
  • Bullying
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
Response Process
Students suspected of General Misconduct will be sent an email notifying you that there has been an allegation of General Misconduct and a formal investigation will be done.
In this email there will be instructions on how to put in a response. It is important that you send in a response by the date stated. If you are unsure about the process or how to write a response, get in touch with the Student Assist team as soon as possible.
  1. Students will be sent an email informing them of the allegation. The student will be given at least 7 days to put in a response. This can be done either written or by requesting for a meeting.
     
  2. Once a decision has been made, students will be notified of the outcome via their email. Students are given the opportunity to request for the outcome to be reviewed or for a lesser penalty. This can be done either written or by requesting for a meeting.
     
  3. An outcome of this second review will be sent to the students via their email. This decision is final. The decision could be to keep the outcome or increase/ decrease the penalty.
Possible penalties
If students act improperly, they may be:
  • Warned
  • Suspended
  • Expelled
  • Required to pay for damage or loss
  • Reported to the police
If staff act improperly, they may be:
  • Warned
  • Required to undertake training
  • Financially penalised
  • Transferred
  • Dismissed


All students can get in touch with Student Assist at any point in time during this process. It is strongly encouraged that students come and speak to us as soon as they receive the first email. As part of our services, we are able to provide students with advice on drafting a response and reviewing the response before final submission. If meetings are involved, we would also be able to accompany students.

For more information on penalties and procedures, you can visit Curtin’s website Statute No. 10 - Student Disciplinary Statute

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