General information

  • The University Code of Conduct prohibits any harassment, bullying or other treatment by another student, inside or outside class, that makes it harder for you to study or interferes with your education. This includes cyberbullying or unwelcome texting. If you are being harassed, you should immediately let the unit co-ordinator know, and we advise you to lodge a formal complaint. For the full Code Student Code of Conduct.
  • Guidelines on marking
  • Re-marking of written work
  • AppealsIf you believe you have genuine grounds for contesting an academic decision, you may apply to have the decision reviewed by the Faculty Appeals Form


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. This requires that all work you submit for assessment represents your own research and your own writing. It is clearly unfair for students to submit work for assessment that dishonestly represents the work of others as their own. We encourage you to read widely, discuss your work with friends and so on but it is dishonest and unscholarly to present the work of other people as your own. The Unit for HPS absolutely discourages academic dishonesty and plagiarism.

The Academic Honesty Education Module appears as a compulsory extra unit of study (AHEM1001) on every new student's eLearning page if you are a commencing student from Semester 1 2016 at the University of Sydney. It is compulsory because the University wants all commencing students to have a basic understanding of academic integrity and honesty. When you understand these concepts and how they relate to your studies, you will be able to start your university journey better prepared to succeed. We strongly advise you to complete this module while you are preparing for your first assignment.

If deliberate plagiarism is detected, you will receive a zero for the piece of work. You can also be referred to the university registrar. To avoid this please bear in mind when you submit work that:
1. Direct quotations should be in quotation marks, with reference to the source, including page numbers.
2. Indirect/paraphrased quotations and borrowed ideas should be acknowledged by means of a reference at the relevant point in the text (i.e not just an entry in the bibliography)
3. A full bibliography of work consulted and used should be appended to the essay.
The University would like to help all students develop and display their skills with the highest level of educational integrity. To help you develop your skills in this area, we have the following supports available:
Lecturers, especially in first year units, should explain the principles and expectations of educational integrity in classes and unit of study outlines.
Commencing undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students will be required to complete an online Academic Honesty Education Module on Blackboard. This should only take 1-2 hours for most students, and will help you be prepared for writing your assignments.
The Library has excellent online resources to help with Plagiarism and academic honesty and Referencing and Citation Styles


  • If you are seeking Special Permission to undertake a Unit of Study for which you may not have the necessary prerequisites you will need to apply to the Unit of Study Coordinator for permission. This is a simple process online via MyUni - Sydney Student- Sydney Student: academic requests
  • Special Consideration or Special Arrangement Applications must be made using the University's formal online application process no later than three 3 working days after the assessment occurrence or due date (unless a reasonable explanation for a delay is provided).
  • Disability Support Unit Longer term health or emotional issues are best managed with adjustments to course assessments as part of an Academic Plan developed in discussion between the student and Disabilities Services.
  • Science Faculty forms and policies