Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism | Assessment and Examination of Coursework | Student Appeals against Academic Decisions | Student Grievances, Appeals and Applications for Review | Course rules | Sydney Nursing School handbook
From February 2012, 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
Academic Board Policy setting out the principles and identifying responsibilities for ensuring that the principles of academic honesty in coursework are implemented
- Assessment Policy 2011
Academic Board policy setting out the principles underpinning the University’s approach to assessment and examination of coursework award courses and units of study
The University of Sydney's Academic Board has endorsed a policy on academic honesty, which governs all students and all units of study forming coursework awards in the University. Research awards, including Honours, the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy have a separate policy but the principles remain the same.
Academic honesty is a core value of academic life; a condition of submission of academic work is that it is solely your own. In the case of group assessment items, the work must be solely the work of the respective group.
Academic work not correctly and appropriately referenced constitutes academic dishonesty. The University has strict guidelines and penalties for academic dishonesty. If you are in doubt about these policies, you should ask your lecturer or examine these policies on the 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 fraud, better known as plagiarism, 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.
It 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 applies when a student reproduces the work of another student without acknowledgement.
Individual assessable work
A student's assignment will be referred to the Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) when it contains unacknowledged work copied from published work, other students or the internet; or where there is evidence that the student engaged another person to write the work for assessment or paid another person to conduct the research for the assessment. The Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) will determine an appropriate penalty that may include failure of the unit of study.
Group assessable work
Work submitted for assessment that arises out of group efforts assumes that each member of the group has participated equally in the preparation and presentation of the work. In submitting group work for assessment, all members of the group are bound by the policies and principles for academic honesty, including participating appropriately in the activities inherent in preparing assignments. It is important that students understand that not making equal contribution to a group assignment is a form of dishonesty.
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 read the relevant sections of these policies to help you understand these procedures, before you submit your form.
University forms such as requesting academic transcripts; letters; and change of personal details are available from the Student Centre website.
If you are not enrolled and do not have an approved suspension you are deemed to have discontinued your course and must reapply for admission to the degree. There is no automatic right of re-entry into the course.
International students should apply through the International Student Office.
Local combined degree students who have let their candidature lapse will need to reapply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
Local Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) and postgraduate students should apply directly to Sydney Nursing School.
Please note that students who have outstanding debts* or who have had to show cause**, must have these matters finalised before their application will be considered.