As a student, academic integrity essentially means doing your work in an honest way and submitting your own work for assessment.
The University has a policy covering academic integrity and all students are required to follow these standards: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/student/academic-integrity.cfm
Breaching academic integrity means that one has stepped outside these standards. This might be accidental and result from inexperience or a lack of understanding of the conventions, or it might be deliberate, in which case the consequences may more severe – the policy covers both.
Plagiarism means taking all or part of someone else’s work, or even their ideas, and presenting it in your assignment or thesis as if it was your own work.
Plagiarism is one kind of breach of academic integrity, but the University’s policy on academic integrity also deals with other issues, including:
This depends on the circumstances.
For an accidental breach, you might receive counselling from the member of staff who assessed your work. They will help you to understand how to avoid the same problem in future. You might also be required to do the piece of work again (best case scenario).
If the breach is serious, or if you have been accused of breaching academic integrity before, the Dean of the School is informed and you will be called in for a meeting. Consequences could include:
Another consequence of any breach is that your name, along with the circumstances and outcome, will be placed on a confidential register that is accessible only to academic staff. This does not go on your transcript, but a member of staff will check the register as soon as they suspect you have breached academic integrity.
Naturally, students have opportunities to explain their case in this process. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, you can dispute it by lodging an appeal with the Student Appeals Committee within 20 days of the decision.
Student Assist is able to guide you through the process; clarify policy and procedures; help you build a case; and sometimes attend meetings with the Dean’s nominee along with you. Please, note that we cannot guarantee we will always be available to attend these meetings with you. We encourage you to contact us as soon as you hear from the academics involved and to give us at least a 5-working day notice to maximise your chances of having a Student Assist staff at the meeting. You can always take a friend, relative or academic staff to the meeting as your support person in any case, as per University policies.