General Regulations

Academic Misconduct


The integrity of the academic processes of the Sydney College of Divinity requires that academic misconduct be identified, discouraged and disciplined when it occurs, because it interferes with the awarding of appropriate recognition of legitimate effort. This policy is concerned with academic misconduct on the part of current or previous students.

Alleged misconduct, academic or other, on the part of a faculty member or any other staff member may be addressed through the Student Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is the representation of another’s works or ideas as one’s own; it includes the unacknowledged word for word use or paraphrasing of another person’s work, and the inappropriate unacknowledged use of another person’s ideas.
  2. CHEATING: Cheating is the providing or receiving of information during tests and examinations; or providing or using unauthorized assistance at the computer terminal, or on field work. Cheating would not usually include consultation with others or discussion amongst students about the preparation of assignments unless that was specifically forbidden. It includes unauthorised collusion.
  3. FRAUD: Academic fraud is the falsification and fabrication of, or dishonesty in reporting, research results.
  4. IMPROPER BEHAVIOUR: Improper behaviour is behaviour that interferes with students or staff in the pursuit of their academic endeavours. It includes disruptive behaviour in class or institutional facilities such as libraries.
  5. MISREPRESENTATION: Misrepresentation is the giving of false or misleading information in academic matters. It includes falsely claiming credit for past study and falsely stating that thesis material has not been used in another thesis.
  6. UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR: Unethical behaviour is behaviour that breaches accepted ethical standards. It includes failing to observe the terms of an ethical approval to conduct research; misuse of confidential information obtained in field education.

The question to be asked in relation to demonstrated academic misconduct will be whether the student is to be excluded from the course, suspended from the course, or otherwise penalized in a lesser way, to be determined with regard to proportion, for example, loss or reduction of marks.

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