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Academic Integrity FAQs

Why does academic integrity matter?

Academic integrity is about more than cheating. It’s about ensuring you are prepared for the workforce, and the challenges this will bring. It’s about protecting the quality of student learning, the credibility of your assessments and qualifications, and ultimately the reputation of CQUniversity.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

Breaches of academic integrity occur when a student attempts to deceive fellow students, staff, or the University in order to receive unfair benefits. Breaches include plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, academic misconduct or any other act or omission that is academically dishonest.

Breaches of academic integrity, including academic misconduct, will be caught through strict assessment audit and checking measures.

What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct is a serious breach of academic integrity deemed not to be a minor plagiarism or exam incident as described in the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure.

Academic misconduct is any action or attempted action that may result in an unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for any student or other members of the academic community. This includes a wide range of behaviors, such as but not limited to plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating and any act or omission that can be regarded as academically dishonest, including behaviors described in the policy and procedure.

What are the potential consequences of breaching academic integrity?

Breaches of academic integrity, particularly academic misconduct, pose a serious threat to our culture and values, and carry serious consequences for students, including suspension or expulsion from CQUniversity, withdrawal of credit for units completed through contract cheating, and sanctions placed on transcripts. Graduates may also have their qualifications revoked.

We take the academic learning journeys of our students very seriously and as such, we have a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to academic misconduct.

What is contract cheating?

Contract cheating involves a student or group of students, outsourcing the completion of an assessment piece to a third party (either paid or unpaid). Contract cheating is a serious form of academic misconduct and will not be tolerated by CQUniversity.

Contract cheating is wrong because it can give students an unfair advantage over others and also means students are not personally producing authentic work that shows their academic understanding of studied concepts.

Find out more about contract cheating.

What is meant by collusion, and how can I avoid it?

Collusion refers to unauthorised collaboration on assessable work. This could mean assisting someone to produce or substantially edit their work or allowing another person to write or substantially edit your own work. Another form of collusion is allowing others to copy your answers in an exam.

It is your responsibility to ensure the work you submit is your own. If you’re struggling with an assessment or feeling overwhelmed, remember that there are a number of academic and study support services available to you, free of charge. CQUni’s online referencing guides are also a great resource to ensure you are referencing correctly.

Tell me more about the policy and procedure

The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure sets out CQUniversity’s expectations for students and sets out the processes for addressing alleged breaches of academic integrity, including academic misconduct. All students should familiarise themselves with the Policy and Procedure.

I suspect a fellow student may be involved in a breach of academic integrity. What should I do?

Please contact the Academic Integrity Unit immediately. The Academic Integrity Unit provides assistance with issues related to academic integrity and misconduct, contract cheating sites, etc.

I’ve been informed my assessment is being reviewed for a possible breach of academic integrity. What happens next?

An investigation team will review all possible breaches of academic integrity. The investigation team is made up of CQUniversity staff, and external experts may also be assigned to the investigation.

The University will aim to complete the investigation as quickly as possible, but we do ask for your patience and understanding while this happens.

Please continue with your study plans unless otherwise advised and wait until you are updated with further information.

We understand that this review may cause distress and uncertainty. If you are struggling with this, please contact our Student Counselling team. This is a free and confidential service for all students.

What will happen to me if I am found to be in breach of academic integrity?

If there is evidence to suggest you have engaged in academic misconduct, you will receive an Invitation to Respond. If you do receive an Invitation to Respond, Student Advocacy Officers are available to help support you through the response process.

The University will decide on outcomes and appropriate penalties for any student who is found to have engaged in academic misconduct, in accordance with the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure.