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Academic Integrity

Student Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism

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Student Checklist to Prevent Plagiarism

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Staff Guidelines for Dealing with Student Plagiarism

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Flowchart for Staff Actions

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What is Copyright?

Copyright is a legal concept. It gives the creator of intellectual property a set of specific economic and non-economic rights associated with their works. The economic rights include the right to copy, to publish, to communicate, to adapt, and to publicly perform the copyrighted material. The non-economic rights recognise the right to be attributed as the author of the work, not to have the work falsely attributed to someone else, and the right of integrity (meaning the work is not subjected to derogatory treatment in a way prejudicial to the creator’s honour or reputation).

Generally you will need permission of the copyright owner to exercise the rights protected by copyright law (to copy, to publish, to communicate, to adapt or to publicly perform the work). However, copyright laws define certain circumstances (including ‘fair dealing’) where you may use parts of copyright works without permission of the copyright owner.

Students can rely on the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (C’th), to copy parts of a work for the purpose of research or study, or criticism or review – details below. It is essential that students correctly attribute the copyright owner, using standard academic writing practices including in-text citation and referencing.

As a Curtin student you are subject to the provisions of the Australian Copyright Act 1968 and are obliged to abide by the University's policies on copying.

Students who flagrantly disregard the legislation and University policy will be liable to disciplinary action under the Student Disciplinary Statute and leave themselves open to prosecution by copyright owners.

If you are copying material in a location outside of Australia, you will need to make yourself aware of the copyright legislative requirements of that location.

Fair Dealing Provisions for Students

Under Australian Copyright law, fair dealing provisions permit you to copy for specific purposes, subject to certain copying limits. The two most relevant purposes to students are fair dealing for research or study and fair dealing for criticism or review.

Generally you should make a single copy only, for your own individual use. The use must be tied to your own research or study, or for the purposes of criticism or review. Material must not be copied for other purposes.

Copyright Information for Staff

Key copyright information and staff obligations are examined in a series of self contained e-learning training modules delivered through i-Perform.
Content includes essential aspects of copyright legislation, copyright infringement, ownership of copyright, the fair dealing exception, the requirement for attribution, the University’s Statutory Licences, and implementation  of the library Reading Lists service for Blackboard compliance.

Individual sections include:

Further modules including Copyright Obligations for HDR Students, Creative Commons, Open Educational Resources and Copyright for Video, Images and Web Content will become available throughout 2017.