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University policies

All University policies are located in a central area called the Policy Register. The policy documents which are publicly displayed on the Policy Register are the definitive and current versions, regardless of any different versions which may exist elsewhere. The Policy Register is the authoritative source for University policy documents.

Academic dishonesty and plagiarism

Postgraduate research courses are governed by the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 as amended.

Academic honesty is a core value of academic life; a condition of submission of academic work is that it is solely your own.
Academic work not correctly and appropriately referenced constitutes academic dishonesty.

See the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

The University has strict guidelines and penalties for academic dishonesty. If you are in doubt about these policies, you can find out more online at the University's Policy Register and the Student Affairs Unit website.

The University is committed to the basic academic right that students receive due credit for work submitted for assessment. It is unfair for students to submit work for assessment that dishonestly represents the work of others as their own. Such activity represents a form of academic dishonesty which can be broadly defined as presenting another person's ideas, findings, or work as one's own by copying or reproducing the work without due acknowledgement of the source. This is the most common form of academic dishonesty associated with assessment in coursework units of study. Most commonly a student presents written work including ideas and concepts, sentences, paragraphs or longer extracts from published material (in any form, including text or pictures) without acknowledgement of its source.

Plagiarism also occurs when a student reproduces the work of another student without acknowledgement.

Individual assessable work
See Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy 2012 and
Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Procedures 2012

The following steps are specified in these policies:

  • Examiner reports suspicion to nominated academic in relevant faculty.
  • Nominated academic and examiner formulate expression of the alleged conduct and form a preliminary view if the alleged conduct would form any type of plagiarism, academic dishonesty or misconduct if proven.
  • If nominated academic and examiner determine it would not constitute any type of plagiarism, academic dishonesty or misconduct, no further action is taken and work is assessed on academic merit.
  • If nominated academic and examiner determine it would constitute plagiarism, academic dishonesty or misconduct, the student is informed in writing of the allegation and preliminary view of the nominated academic. A time is made for the student to attend an interview with a support person to discuss the allegation. Reference should be made to the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy 2012 for further information regarding the interview.
  • After the interview the nominated academic will consider the allegation, any supporting material and any submissions or responses made by the student.
  • The nominated academic will then conclude whether the student has engaged in:
    (a) no impropriety;
    (b) negligent plagiarism;
    (c) dishonest plagiarism; or
    (d) some other form of academic dishonesty.
  • Refer to the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework Policy 2012 for details regarding outcomes for each of these determinations.

Group assessable work
Not making an appropriate contribution to a group assignment is a form of academic dishonesty.

Editorial assistance
Students are reminded that there is a limit to the boundaries when using the assistance of an editor. An editor's role is to assist with the presentation and proofreading of your work; it is not their role to rewrite the work for you.

Sydney Nursing School policies

All students should be aware of the faculty's resolutions and policies which are located in the Sydney Nursing School handbook.

Faculty policies should be read in conjunction with the following University Rule and University policy:

We recommend you understand these procedures, before you submit your form.