As you all move towards your Alternative Assessments next week and the following, we thought it was a great time to remind you all about Academic Misconduct and what it means for you.
According to how USQ considers what Academic Misconduct is, they are focussed on all actions, or attempts to do actions, whether intentional or unintentional, which breaches USQ Academic Integrity, or undermines the core values of Academic Integrity or fails to meet the standards of Academic Integrity.
As USQ assesses it, Academic Misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
- misrepresenting, fabricating or falsifying, acquiring, accessing or purchasing, providing or making available, or using, information, materials, services or equipment that results in obtaining, or is likely to have the effect of obtaining, for oneself or any other person, an unauthorised academic advantage relative to other Students with regard to a Formal Examination, work placement or other Assessment work;
- failing to comply with examination or assessment rules or directions; or
- inappropriate collaboration or Collusion;
- Plagiarism or knowingly enabling another Student to plagiarise their work;
- cheating and contract cheating;
- impersonation of a Student or University Employee or allowing oneself to be impersonated in order to gain an unauthorised academic advantage relative to other Students.
Specific examples of Academic Misconduct include, but are not limited to:
- submitting Assessment work that has previously been assessed and counted towards completion of another Course;
- tampering, or attempting to tamper, with Examination scripts, class work, grades or class records;
- use of a document, required of the Student by the University (e.g. medical certificate or other supporting documentation), that has been falsified or altered and which results in an unauthorised academic advantage;
- falsely representing the contribution made by an individual Student to group Assessment work.
We urge you all to make sure you do your Alternative Assessments yourself with no help from your fellow colleagues and be sure to not make any mention of your Alternative Assessments at all until the end of the Exam Period, which ends on 19th of June.
You must also take into account the timelines around the world.
The last thing you want is to get into trouble about sharing your thoughts on how you think you went only to be picked up for ‘sharing’ answers to other students who may still be waiting to complete their assessments in other time zones.
Now before you scoff at this comment we can assure you that there have been many students we’ve had to help in the past just because of that exact situation. Students who have finished their exams in Queensland and talked about it on social media and students in Western Australia seeing the comments… different time zones.
So to be sure you keep safe and sound from any allegations remember the following:
- Do your alternative assessments by yourself
- Don’t use other students answers hoping you get better marks
- Don’t do assessments in a group setting – if one person gets it wrong you all will
- Don’t copy and paste information from another source without using appropriate referencing
- Do tell other students who may beg you to help that you hope they do well by themselves and leave them to it
- You’ve worked really hard this semester so don’t give your hard work and knowledge away
Good luck and use safe practices during your Alternative Assessment period.
Until next time,