Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct

The University takes academic misconduct very seriously. If you receive a letter stating the University believes you may have been involved in academic misconduct, there are a number of steps to follow:

  • Stay calm! Receiving a letter does not mean that the decision has been made – you can respond before the final decision. There are many supports available to help you through this process, and to assist you in understanding your rights and responsibilities
  • Read the letter, and any evidence carefully
  • Make sure you understand the timelines involved to respond
  • Make an appointment with us for support and advice regarding your rights, responsibilities, and the procedures to follow if you wish to respond to the charge
  • Start to think about what you think happened during the assessment that may have led to the charge occurring before contacting us
  • For more information, the Academic Misconduct Procedure is an important document to read.

The letter you receive should include the evidence that the University has for the charge, or this may be sent separately, but at the same time. If you have not been sent any evidence, you should request this directly from the relevant appeals team:

InstituteEmail address
Insitute of Health and Wellbeinghealth.appeals@federation.edu.au
Institute of Education, Arts and Communityeducationarts.appeals@federation.edu.au

Institute of Innovation, Science & Sustainability:
Life Sciences, Engineering, IT

science.appeals@federation.edu.au

Institute of Innovation, Science & Sustainability:
Business

business.appeals@federation.edu.au

We always recommend that students request a hearing, so that you have the chance to explain what happened from your perspective and discuss the situation with an Academic Integrity Officer. If you don't request a hearing, the charge will be upheld and the penalty listed on the letter will likely be applied automatically.

The outcome may depend on the individual circumstances of your case, so it’s always a good idea to get support from Student Advocacy to prepare for a hearing. The Penalty Determination Guide provides more information about how the University decides on the possible penalty for charges.

We can help you prepare for this hearing and ensure you have a clear timeline of events. You will be given a chance to talk about what has happened from your perspective. You have the right to take a support person to the hearing with you - they cannot speak unless invited to do so, but it can be helpful to have someone there to take notes for you, and debrief with you afterwards. A Student Advocate may be able to be a support person for you - please just ask whether we can arrange someone to do this.

How we can assist you with academic misconduct processes

  • Explain the letters you’ve received
  • Help you write a response to the charge
  • Help you prepare for your hearing
  • Attend a hearing with you as a support person
  • Advise on any further appeals processes after the hearing

Resources

Academic Misconduct Procedure

Regulation 6.1 - Student Discipline