In developing this policy the University had regard to the provisions of section 40B(1)(b) of the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT).
Academic Integrity Policy
sets out the values, principles and responsibilities for supporting, promoting and defending academic integrity across all learning, teaching and research activities at the University of Canberra (the University)
supports the University in:
maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity
ensuring staff and students are aware of the importance of creating, and submitting for assessment, their own original work, and acknowledging the work of others and third parties
promoting and supporting academic integrity through education and the University’s culture
administering processes that prevent and mitigate risks to academic integrity and evolve in response to emerging challenges
work and activities undertaken as preparation for an assessment
activities required to be undertaken as part of a unit in a course of study that may not be assessed, such as formative assessments, hurdle tasks or pre-placement activities
work submitted for publication, and
works involving the creation and/or use of any research data materials or research findings.
This Policy applies to:
all staff and students of the University, including students studying or undertaking research with partner institutions, and staff employed at partner institutions who provide academic, research or support services to the University’s students
students or staff on any form of leave, including while on course suspension
any person participating in any award or non-award learning activities, units, courses, or microcredentials that include assessment, whether formative or summative, and
any person or organisation employed, engaged or contracted to perform academic or research work for the University.
While this Policy discusses research integrity as a type of academic integrity, The Responsible Conduct of Research Policy states the University’s position on research integrity and practices, standards, and accountabilities for the responsible conduct of research.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENTS
The University is committed to:
academic excellence and ensuring the integrity of its qualifications and research
fostering an organisational culture of academic and research integrity supported by communication, education and support, prevention, and detection
treating breaches of academic and research integrity seriously, ensuring timely investigation of allegations of breaches and applying appropriate penalties where a breach is confirmed, and
maintaining an ethical, collaborative and innovative environment that enables students and staff to learn, teach, research, and develop ideas, solutions and creative works while respecting and acknowledging the work of others.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY VALUES
Staff and students are expected to apply the University’s academic integrity values to all their learning, teaching, assessment, and research activities.
The University’s values for academic and research integrity are:
Work of other persons and input from any source, regardless of format, mode or method of generation, are explicitly and appropriately acknowledged and credited in all learning, teaching, assessment and research activities
Staff and students work in a trusted partnership underpinned by clear, consistent and realistic expectations for assessment and mutual understanding in all learning, teaching, assessment and research activities
Rules, policies and procedures are applied consistently in all learning, teaching, assessment and research activities
Staff and students value the engaged and participatory nature of learning and foster a culture of respect for academic and research integrity
Staff and students actively take responsibility for developing, modelling, and enhancing the University’s culture of academic and research integrity in all learning, teaching, assessment and research activities
Staff and students commit to protecting the quality of the University’s qualifications by upholding the principles of academic and research integrity, even in challenging circumstances.
communicate to staff and students the types of methods used to detect breaches of academic integrity, including breaches of the Australia Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018
maintain the confidentiality of anyone involved in alleged breaches of academic or research integrity, including those who report suspected breaches, and those accused of alleged breaches, subject to any legal requirements for disclosure of information
ensure that anyone who raises or responds to allegations of breaches of academic or research integrity is not subject to discrimination or victimisation
act upon potential breaches of research integrity in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the values of academic and research integrity in all learning, assessment and research activities
apply the values that support academic and research integrity to their academic work
undertake any required learning activities to develop and apply their understanding of academic and research integrity
not engage in behaviours defined as academic or research misconduct or serious misconduct as defined in the Student Conduct Rules
conduct learning, assessment and research activities in accordance with the relevant codes of conduct and/or standards, and
provide input into engagement and promotion strategies for academic and research integrity.
BREACHES OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY - STUDENTS
Breaches of academic integrity by students that constitute academic misconduct or serious misconduct are listed in the Student Conduct Rules as amended from time to time.
The process for investigating an allegation of academic misconduct by a student is described in the Student Conduct Rulesas amended from time to time.
Alleged misconduct by a student may breach more than one rule or policy. In such a case, the University will facilitate one investigation that will consider all allegations simultaneously.
Any person who considers that a student may have engaged in academic misconduct may draw the matter to the attention of an Authorised Person or Prescribed Authority as set out in the Student Conduct Rules.
Alleged misconduct by a staff member may breach more than one rule or policy. In such a case, the University will conduct one investigation that will consider all breaches simultaneously.
Any person who considers that a staff member may have engaged in academic misconduct or serious misconduct may draw the matter to the attention of the Chief People Officer, as set out in the University of Canberra Enterprise Agreement.
BREACHES OF RESEARCH INTEGRITY – STAFF AND STUDENTS
A person who is a member of the staff of the University, whether full-time, part-time, contract, sessional or casual and includes all academic, professional, technical and administrative officers and employees
A person (including a member of staff employed by the University) who is:
(a) undertaking any course for higher education provided by the University, including:
(i) any course leading to the award of a degree, diploma or certificate of the University; or
(ii) a unit forming part of such a course; or
(iii) any other course not leading to the award of a degree, diploma or certificate of the University;
b) or enrolled as a student of the University
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency
The University as an entity, including its decision-making organs and officers, its student representative bodies—undergraduate and postgraduate—and any entities controlled by the University
UC acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, traditional custodians of the lands where Bruce campus is situated. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of Canberra and the region. We also acknowledge all other First Nations Peoples on whose lands we gather.