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 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)School
Eric Holm Federation Business School
Dr David Waldron School of Arts
Sam Fenton (Gippsland Campus) School of Education
Dr Catherine Oxworth (Berwick Campus) School of Education
Melania Pantelich (Ballarat Campuses) School of Education
Dr Cameron Foale School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences
Dr Abdi Osman School of Health
Dr Kimberley McFarlane School of Science, Psychology and Sport
Dr Scott NankervisSchool of Science, Psychology and Sport

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