Academic misconduct process

We treat all allegations of academic misconduct seriously.

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

The following steps detail 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 if the allegation is minor or major 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 don’t 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 choose to dispute the allegation, the case will progress to investigation.
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    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. You can respond to the allegation by writing or opt for an interview with the investigator. 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. 

As part of the investigation process you can view the evidence and it's also your opportunity to give your side of the story.

The three options for responding are below. 

  • 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). Reply to the initial allegation email.
    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 investigator will give a recommended outcome and the case 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 face-to-face or virtual platform interview (The outcome is not determined during the interview). This is your chance to view the evidence and 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 investigator will give a recommended outcome and 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 investigator will give a recommended outcome and the case will proceed on to an arbiter.

4. Arbitration and decision

The case is then assigned to an arbiter who reviews all the evidence and decides if the case should proceed. If the case doesn’t proceed, the allegation is dismissed and you are notified in writing.

If the case does proceed:

  • An arbitration notice with the investigation report and recommended outcome is sent to you. This is not the final decision. 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 exclusion 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.

5. Next steps

Once you’re 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 days) as outlined in the student appeals procedure.

Learn more about appeals