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Academic Integrity

Student Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism



Student Checklist to Prevent Plagiarism



Plagiarism Policy for Students

Curtin University's Management of Plagiarism Policy identifies three levels of plagiarism.

Level I plagiarism

Curtin recognises that students who are unfamiliar with the conventions of academic writing can sometimes unintentionally plagiarise. If your work displays poor use of paraphrasing or the inclusion of copied material that hasn't been cited, or if your attempts to reference your sources is unsatisfactory you may be found to have plagiarised. If you are a 'New to Curtin' student this may be classified as Level I plagiarism (use this flowchart to see if you qualify).

Level I plagiarism is NOT considered to be academic misconduct but it is still considered to be unacceptable and you may be required to correct the problems before your work can be marked.

You may also be asked to repeat the Academic Integrity Program (AIP), attend a short course on academic writing or offered some other forms of remedial advice.

Level II plagiarism

If you do not take active steps to learn the conventions of academic writing and the specific procedures associated with the style of referencing used in your discipline area you may be accused of more serious plagiarism. Level II plagiarism IS considered to be academic misconduct and will attract penalties because it is considered to be too serious to be addressed by remedial advice alone.

Level III plagiarism

An accusation of plagiarism at this level is very serious. If your work demonstrates clear intent to cheat or defraud by copying all or significant portions of the material presented in your work, by having someone else complete the work for you or by colluding with another person you may find yourself accused of Level III plagiarism. Level III plagiarism IS considered to be academic misconduct and will attract severe penalties such as an annulled grade for the unit or the suspension of the ability to enroll in units for a period of time.

Other Policies

As a student at Curtin University, you are part of the Curtin community and as such, have certain rights and responsibilities.

The University's Code of Conduct is a statement that provides clarity and guidance about ethical behaviour and how parties to the Code are expected to conduct themselves.

The Student Conduct booklet outlines both the rights you have as a student and the expectations that the University has of you. The section on integrity deals specifically with cheating, copyright and plagiarism. International translations are also available.

Students who plagiarise may be considered to be guilty of academic misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with Statute 10: Student Discipline.