Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

  • All students are required to read the University's Academic Dishonesty in Coursework Policy, which can be found here.
  • Note: every time you submit an assignment, you will be required to sign a cover sheet affirming that you have read and understand this policy.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is a core value of the University of Sydney. The University is committed to the basic academic right that students receive due credit for work submitted for assessment. Integral to this is the notion that it is clearly unfair for students to submit work for assessment that dishonestly represents the work of others as their own. Such activity represents a form of fraud.

We want to stress, however, that we understand our responsibilities as teachers are more than a matter of warning students about their responsibilities. Rather, we want you to learn the principles of Academic Honesty as a fundamental aspect of academic practice. To that end, we will be setting some basic assignments early in the semester addressing things such as appropriate referencing practices (these are laid out in considerable detail in the Department of Performance Studies Handbook). We will also be asking you to do group research, and will provide clear guidelines as to how to go about that in an ethically responsible manner.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Plagiarism is broadly defined as presenting another person’s ideas, findings or work as one’s own by copying or reproducing the work without due acknowledgment of the source, and may take many forms. The most common form of plagiarism involves a student presenting written work, including sentences, paragraphs or longer extracts from published work, without attribution of its source. Work submitted for assessment may also be regarded as plagiarised where significant portions of an assignment have been reproduced from the work of another student, since this exceeds the boundaries of “legitimate co-operation.” For the purposes of this unit of study, “legitimate co-operation” includes the group research task, which is to be jointly produced.

Academic Dishonesty

University procedures relating to academic dishonesty must be invoked where an examiner considers that the student has presented another person’s ideas, findings or written work as his or her own by copying or reproducing them without due acknowledgement of the source and with intent to deceive the examiner.

It is reasonable to consider that the student has intended to deceive the examiner where:

  • substantial portions of the work submitted for assessment were copied from another student, or from the work of a former student, in a manner which clearly exceeds the boundaries of legitimate co-operation or group work;
  • written work contains a substantial body of material copied from published work, including on the Internet, without any attribution of its source and in a manner which cannot readily be explained by poor referencing, language difficulties or lack of confidence in using one’s own words;
  • there is evidence that the student engaged another person to write the assignment, either partly or wholly, whether for payment or otherwise;
  • there is evidence that the student paid another person to conduct research for the assignment.

Other Forms of Academic Dishonesty

Other forms of academic dishonesty which should be referred to the Head of Department / School include, but are not limited to: recycling; fabrication of data; the engagement of another person to complete an assessment or examination in place of the student, whether for payment or otherwise.