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Rules, Policy and Procedures

The Rules, Policy and Procedures meet the requirements the Higher Education Standards 2015 Framework, and deliver on the five core elements of exemplary academic integrity policy (Bretag et al., 2011 TEQSA, 2017):

  1. Access: Our Rules, Policy and Procedures are easily accessible to both staff and students.
  2. Approach: ECU is committed to an educative approach to academic integrity that is consistent, equitable and transparent and where students are supported in developing and demonstrating academic skills.
  3. Responsibility: clear roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders within the Policy document.
  4. Detail: the suite of documents, matrices, tables and flowcharts provide a detailed description of the range of academic misconduct and levels of severity.
  5. Support: a range of university wide support resources are available to support both staff and students.  Information on these are detailed in this the Staff Academic Integrity Website and in the Student Academic Integrity Website.

All academic and professional staff involved in learning, teaching and research are expected to be proactive in promoting academic integrity and to display leadership in this area. This includes:

  1. The integrity of student assessments.
  2. The integrity of research and research activity.
  3. The prevention, detection and addressing academic misconduct by students or staff including cheating and plagiarism.

Useful Documents:

Fishman, T. (Ed.). (2012). The fundamental values of academic integrity (2nd. ed.).  Clemson, SC: International Center for Academic Integrity.  Retrieved from https://academicintegrity.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Fundamental-Values-2014.pdf

Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency. (2017). Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 – TEQSA contextual overview.  Retrieved from https://www.teqsa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net2046/f/hesf-2015-teqsa-contextual-overview-v1-1.pdf

Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency. (2017). Good practice note: Addressing contract cheating to safeguard academic integrity.  Retrieved from https://www.teqsa.gov.au/latest-news/publications/good-practice-note-addressing-contract-cheating-safeguard-academic

References:

Bretag, T., Mahmud, S., van Haeringen, K., Stewart, A., & Pointon, L. (2013). Exemplary academic integrity project (EAIP): Embedding and extending academic integrity policy and support frameworks across the higher education sector academic integrity policy toolkit. Retrieved from https://lo.unisa.edu.au/pluginfile.php/718247/block_html/content/EAIP_AI_Policy_Toolkit_Booklet.pdf

Bretag, T., Mahmud, S., Wallace, M., Walker, R., James, C., Green, M., East, J., McGowan, U. and Partridge, L. (2011). Core elements of exemplary academic integrity policy in Australian higher education. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 7(2): 3-12. Retrieved from https://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/IJEI/article/view/759

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.  [Accessible from https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2015L01639]

Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency. (2019). Guidance note: Academic Integrity.  Retrieved from https://www.teqsa.gov.au/latest-news/publications/guidance-note-academic-integrity

Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency. (2015). Higher education standards framework 2015. Retrieved from https://www.teqsa.gov.au/higher-education-standards-framework-2015

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