Academic Honesty: Practising Good Writing and Referencing Skills

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is strongly committed to encouraging academic integrity, and to helping our students to develop good writing and referencing skills. The University provides a number of resources to assist students with developing good writing and referencing skills, including the Library’s iResearch site and the Learning Centre's WriteSite.

The Faculty’s Writing Hub has drop in sessions where students can get assistance every stage of the writing process, from interpreting essay questions and developing ideas, to understanding how to legitimately integrate information and reference the sources on which you rely.

Recommended Referencing Styles

Departments across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences employ different referencing styles, and it is important that you follow the directions of your unit of study coordinator in relation to good referencing practices.

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences takes academic dishonesty and plagiarism seriously, and deals with all cases of alleged misconduct in accordance with the University of Sydney’s Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy.

What is Academic Dishonesty?

Part 3.1.1 of the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy states that academic dishonesty is “seeking to obtain or obtaining academic advantage (including in the assessment or publication of work) by dishonest or unfair means or knowingly assisting another student to do so”.

Examples of academic dishonesty may include (but are not limited to):
a) Recycling – the resubmission of work that is the same, or substantially the same, as work previously submitted for assessment in the same or in a different unit of study (except in the case of legitimate resubmission with the approval of the examiner for purposes of improvement);
b) Fabrication of data;
c) The engagement of another person to complete or contribute to an assessment in place of the student, whether for payment or otherwise, or accepting such an engagement from another student;
d) Communication, whether by speaking or some other means, to another candidate during examination;
e) Bringing into an examination forbidden material such as textbooks (when not open book), notes, calculators or computers;
f) Attempting to read another student’s work during an examination;
g) Writing an examination or test paper, or consulting with another person about the examination or test, outside the confines of the examination room without permission;
h) Copying from another student during an examination; and
i) Inappropriate use of electronic devices to access information during an examination.

What is Plagiarism?

Part 3.2.1 of the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy states that “plagiarism means presenting another person’s work as one’s own work by presenting, copying or reproducing it without appropriate acknowledgement of the source.”

Plagiarism includes presenting work for assessment, publication, or otherwise, that includes:
a) Phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs or longer extracts from published or unpublished work (including from the internet) without appropriate acknowledgement of the source; or
b) The work of another person, without appropriate acknowledgment of the course and presented in a way that exceeds the boundaries of legitimate co-operation.
The presentation of work containing the elements of the above is regarded as plagiarism regardless of the author’s intentions.

Types of Plagiarism – Negligent and Dishonest:


What is negligent plagiarism?
Part 3.3.1 of the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy states that “negligent plagiarism means innocently, recklessly or carelessly presenting another person’s work as one’s own work without appropriate acknowledgment of the source”.

What is dishonest plagiarism?
Part 3.4.1. of the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy states that “dishonest plagiarism means knowingly presenting another person’s work as one’s own work without appropriate acknowledgement of the source”.

Please see the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy for more information on types of plagiarism.

AHP Allegations Process