Academic and general misconduct

We treat all allegations of academic and general misconduct seriously.

Academic misconduct process

Academic misconduct includes any behaviours that undermine or breach academic integrity, such as plagiarism, collusion, cheating, and contract cheating. Our online unit, MAP100, provides more details on the different types of academic integrity breaches and how to avoid them through developing good study and assessment practices.

The following steps outline the process that occurs following an allegation of academic misconduct.

1. Reporting

The process is started by a unit coordinator submitting an allegation for academic misconduct to Student Integrity Services.

2. Initial review

An initial review is conducted to determine the level of seriousness of the allegation and whether you have any previously recorded misconduct cases.

For a minor allegation, you will receive an email from your unit coordinator with a 'caution' and advice on where to seek help to avoid further allegations of misconduct. You have the option to dispute the allegation.

  • If you do not dispute the allegation, the case is then closed. The minor allegation will remain in the student integrity system. It is not recorded on your academic transcript.
  • If you would like to dispute the allegation, the case will be assigned to an Investigator. The Investigator may adjust the details of the allegation based on their initial review of the evidence and details. You will then have the opportunity to respond to the allegation. Please note that the recommended penalty may decrease, increase, or may remain the same, based on the findings of an Arbiter.

For a major allegation, including if you have recorded a previous academic integrity allegation, the case will be assigned to an investigator.

3. Investigation

The investigator assesses the allegation and you will be notified by email about the pending investigation. This will include all evidence of the alleged misconduct for you to view prior to your response. You can respond to the allegation by writing or opt for an online interview with the Investigator and a Student Integrity Services Coordinator. You may choose to bring a Guild representative or support person to the interview. Please note a practising lawyer will not be able to accompany you as a support person. You may also choose not to respond to the allegation, in which case the Investigator completes their investigation based on the information available to them.

The three options for responding are:

  • You provide a written response
    1. You can respond with a written response to the allegation notice (response should be received within 5 days of receipt of notice of the investigation). Please only contact Student Integrity Services, Investigators or Arbiters by clicking reply to this email so that all communication is stored with your case file. Do not copy and paste the email address, as this will not reach us.
    2. The investigator conducts an investigation, requests additional documents if needed (Investigation can occur for an undetermined length of time).
    3. If the investigator decides that misconduct has occurred, the allegation will proceed on to an Arbiter.
    4. If the investigator decides that misconduct has not occurred, you will receive an email informing you the case has been dismissed.
  • An interview is requested
    1. Either you or the investigator can request a virtual platform interview (The outcome is not determined during the interview). This is your chance to give your side of the story and provide the investigator with any evidence to support your case.
    2. Your interview takes places with the investigator and a student integrity team member. You may bring along a support person such as a member of the Student Guild.
    3. The investigator conducts the investigation, requests additional documents if needed (Investigation can occur for an undetermined length of time).
    4. If the investigator decides that misconduct has occurred, the case will proceed on to an Arbiter.
    5. If the investigator decides that misconduct has not occurred, you will receive an email informing you the case has been dismissed.
  • You don’t respond to the allegation
    1. You do not respond either in writing or by requesting an interview
    2. The investigator will then base the investigation on the available information
    3. If the investigator decides that misconduct has occurred, the case will proceed on to an Arbiter.

After the response deadline the Investigator will complete an investigation report.

If the Investigator decides misconduct has occurred, the case will be forwarded to an Arbiter.

If the Investigator decides misconduct did not occur, you will be notified in writing of the case dismissal.

4. Arbitration and decision

Once the Investigator decides misconduct has occurred, the case is then assigned to an Arbiter who reviews all the evidence and decides if the case should proceed. If the case does not proceed, the allegation is dismissed and you are notified in writing.

If the case does proceed:

  • An arbitration notice with the investigation report is sent to you. This is your final opportunity to give your side of the story and provide any further evidence.
  • You are given an opportunity to provide a written response within 7 business days.
  • The Arbiter makes a decision and you are notified of the final outcome of the case.

Some cases may also require a hearing. These are where suspension or expulsion from the University has been recommended or the Arbiter requests a hearing to obtain more information.

If a hearing is held:

  • An arbitration notice with the investigation report is sent to you.
  • The hearing is held with the arbiter, student integrity team member and yourself.
  • The arbiter makes a decision and you are notified of the final outcome of the case.

Possible outcomes of academic misconduct:

If academic misconduct is found to have occurred, possible outcomes include:

  • A caution
  • A reduction in marks for the assessment item
  • A requirement to resubmit an assessment or undertake additional work with a reduction in marks
  • Failure of the assessment piece or entire unit
  • Suspension from the University
  • Expulsion from the University

These outcomes are just a guide and will be dependent upon both mitigating and aggravating factors.

5. Next steps

Once you are notified of the final outcome of the case, you can:

  • Contact your unit coordinator if you are instructed to do so and the case is then closed.
  • Alternatively, you can appeal the decision (within 20 working days) as outlined in the student appeals procedure.

Learn more about appeals

General misconduct process

General Misconduct shall include any conduct on the part of a student that:

  1. Impairs the reasonable freedom of University staff or students to pursue and participate in academic, community or other lawful University activities, or in the life of the University; or
  2. Amounts to the improper use of University facilities or improper use of University property.

Some examples of General Misconduct are harassment, intimidation, violence, use of drugs or alcohol, falsification, trespassing, weapons, failure to comply with a directive and disorderly behaviour.

1. Reporting

The process is started by a case being submitted and then triaged by Student Integrity Services. An initial review is conducted to determine the level of seriousness of the allegation and whether you have any previously recorded misconduct cases.

2. Investigation

The investigator is assigned to your case and an allegation email is sent to you with any relevant evidence attached. You can respond to the allegation by writing or opt for an online interview with the Investigator and a Student Integrity Services Coordinator. You may choose to bring a Guild representative or support person to the interview. Please note a practising lawyer will not be able to accompany you as a support person. You may also choose not to respond to the allegation, in which case the Investigator completes their investigation based on the information available to them.

The three options for responding are:

  • You provide a written response
    1. You can respond with a written response to the allegation notice (response should be received within 5 days of receipt of notice of the investigation). Please only contact Student Integrity Services, Investigators or Arbiters by clicking reply to this email so that all communication is stored with your case file. Do not copy and paste the email address, as this will not reach us.
    2. The investigator conducts an investigation, requests additional documents if needed (Investigation can occur for an undetermined length of time).
    3. If the investigator decides that misconduct has occurred, the allegation will proceed on to an Arbiter.
    4. If the investigator decides that misconduct has not occurred, you will receive an email informing you the case has been dismissed.
  • An interview is requested
    1. Either you or the investigator can request a virtual platform interview (The outcome is not determined during the interview). This is your chance to give your side of the story and provide the investigator with any evidence to support your case.
    2. Your interview takes places with the investigator and a student integrity team member. You may bring along a support person such as a member of the Student Guild.
    3. The investigator conducts the investigation, requests additional documents if needed (Investigation can occur for an undetermined length of time).
    4. If the investigator decides that misconduct has occurred, the case will proceed on to an Arbiter.
    5. If the investigator decides that misconduct has not occurred, you will receive an email informing you the case has been dismissed.
  • You don’t respond to the allegation
    1. You do not respond either in writing or by requesting an interview
    2. The investigator will then base the investigation on the available information
    3. If the investigator decides that misconduct has occurred, the case will proceed on to an Arbiter.

After the response deadline the Investigator will complete an investigation report.

If the Investigator decides misconduct has occurred, the case will be forwarded to an Arbiter.

If the Investigator decides misconduct did not occur, you will be notified in writing of the case dismissal.

3. Arbitration and decision

Once the Investigator decides misconduct has occurred, the case is then assigned to an Arbiter who reviews all the evidence and decides if the case should proceed. If the case does not proceed, the allegation is dismissed and you are notified in writing.

If the case does proceed:

  • An arbitration notice with the investigation report is sent to you. This is your final opportunity to give your side of the story and provide any further evidence.
  • You are given an opportunity to provide a written response or have a hearing with the Arbiter. You must inform us of your decision within 7 business days.
  • The Arbiter makes a decision and you are notified of the final outcome of the case.

Possible outcomes of academic misconduct:

If academic misconduct is found to have occurred, possible outcomes include:

  • A caution
  • 6 to 12 months suspension
  • Expulsion

4. Next steps

Once you are notified of the final outcome of the case, you can:

  • Accept the outcome
  • Alternatively, you can appeal the decision (within 20 working days) as outlined in the student appeals procedure.

Learn more about appeals

 

Contact us

All correspondence relating to an academic or general misconduct allegation is to be sent via reply email at all times.

For all other general questions or queries, please email us at studentintegrity@murdoch.edu.au