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Academic Integrity Guide for Students

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Academic integrity at its core is about honesty and responsibility and is fundamental to Curtin’s expectations of you. This means that all of your work at Curtin should be your own and it should be underpinned by integrity, which means to act ethically, honestly and with fairness.

As a Curtin student you are part of an academic community and you are asked to uphold the principles of academic integrity and Curtin’s five core values of integrity, respect, courage, excellence and impact during your studies.

You are also expected to uphold the Student Charter and recognise that cheating, plagiarism collusion, and falsification of data and other forms of academic dishonesty are not acceptable. Instances of academic dishonesty may result in a warning or may be serious enough to warrant investigation of alleged misconduct, which will be managed in accordance with Statute 10: Student Discipline. The University’s Code of Conduct provides guidance about ethical behaviour and how community members are expected to conduct themselves. 

You are considered to be a New to Curtin student if you are enrolled in:

  • a Higher Degree by Research course prior to the successful attainment of candidacy; or
  • in all other cases:
    1. have not yet successfully completed the designated academic integrity unit (or appropriate alternative); or
    2. have completed fewer than 50 credit points of study at Curtin; or
    3. are currently enrolled in an enabling program.

Your designated academic integrity unit, taken in your first study period, will help you learn appropriate acknowledgement skills relevant to your discipline. It is important that you learn the skills to avoid plagiarism and collusion early in your studies because if you are not New to Curtin, academic integrity breaches will be considered misconduct, which attracts penalties and shows on your academic record. As a New to Curtin student, these actions may be classified an Academic Integrity Warning, which is not considered to be academic misconduct. You can avoid an academic breach by:

Curtin recognises that new students who are unfamiliar with the conventions of academic writing can sometimes unintentionally plagiarise or collude on assessments. This may happen if you inadequately acknowledge resources or collaborate with other students when an assessment should be done individually.

An Academic Integrity Warning may be used to assign a New to Curtin student an educative action when the student has:

  1. inadequately paraphrased or included inconsistent acknowledgement of sources or both; or
  2. collaborated with others in an assessment task beyond that which is considered reasonable by the Unit Coordinator.

The Management of Academic Integrity Warnings for New to Curtin Students Procedures outlines the parameters for handling academic breaches for New to Curtin students. This can be accessed via the Curtin Policies website. 

Academic breaches for students that are no longer considered New to Curtin must be managed as Misconduct.

The Student Charter and Curtin’s five core values of integrity, respect, courage, excellence and impact guide expected standards of student behaviour. If you breach these standards for the first time, in a situation that is unrelated to academic work, this could be considered a Student Charter Breach.

Some examples of Student Charter Breaches could be:

  1. Use of inappropriate language;
  2. Disrespectful actions towards a staff member or other student;
  3. Disruptive behaviour in a classroom; and
  4. Sharing work on file share sites.


If an academic or general breach requires more serious action then a warning, it will be reported via the Dixon web form as alleged misconduct. For allegations of misconduct, the following Statute and associated Rules apply.

  1. Statute No. 10 - Student Discipline
  2. Academic Misconduct Rules
  3. Academic Record Fraud Rules
  4. General Misconduct Rules

These can be accessed via the Curtin Legislation website.