Academic integrity

Academic integrity is essential to safeguarding excellence in learning, teaching, research and scholarly endeavour. We are committed to promoting a culture of academic integrity for our students and staff. This is made possible by a mutual commitment to honesty, trust, fairness and respect. It is vital to the University that employers and the community have confidence in our academic integrity.

Breaches of academic integrity include:

  • plagiarism
  • recycling previous work
  • impersonation
  • fraud
  • promoting the breach of academic integrity
  • collusion
  • non-compliance with examination requirements
  • contract cheating

What is contract cheating?
It is where part, or all of an assessment task is completed by someone else. That 'someone' may be a friend, family member or someone you don't know. Some individuals and companies offer to do assessment tasks for a fee. This is illegal and a type of fraud.


Contact an Academic Integrity Officer in your institute/school if you suspect academic integrity has been breached. The University's Academic Integrity Policy guides their actions and they are supported by software which helps to detect contract cheating.

Academic Integrity Officers  (AIOs)Institute
Sam Fenton (Gippsland Campus)Institute of Education, Arts and Community
Dr Catherine Oxworth (Berwick Campus)Institute of Education, Arts and Community
Melania Pantelich (Ballarat Campuses)Institute of Education, Arts and Community
Dr Greg You Institute of Innovation, Science and Sustainability
Dr Abdi OsmanInstitute of Health and Wellbeing
Dr Kimberley McFarlane Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Dr Scott NankervisInstitute of Innovation, Science and Sustainability

See the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency's Guidance note on academic integrity for more information.