University policy and procedures for academic misconduct

University statutes

The University of Melbourne believes that excellence in teaching and learning can be achieved in an intellectual environment where academic integrity is highly valued and carefully upheld. Its policy on academic honesty and plagiarism is based on two core values:

Statute 13.1:Student discipline

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Appeals

  • Student lodges notice of intention to appeal with Academic Secretary
  • Academic Secretary establishes an ‘Academic Appeal Committee’ (AAC)
  • AAC confirms, sets aside, varies or substitutes any penalty imposed
  • Student can exercise right to external review of decision.

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Delegated process – Statute

  • Head of Department to establish discipline committee as per Statute 13.1 (rules for notification/committee composition)
  • Penalties imposed under Statute 13.1.11 (1)
  • The Head of Department must bring every allegation of misconduct, and the decision made in relation to it, to the attention of the Dean
  • The Dean must inform the Academic Registrar of any penalties, which must be recorded on the student’s file (centrally and at faculty level) as per Statute 13.1.15.

Formal process – Statute

  • Matter brought to attention of Dean by Head of Department
  • Dean to decide whether to proceed
  • Dean to establish discipline committee as per Statute 13.1 (rules for notification/committee composition)
  • Penalties imposed under Statute 13.1.11 (1)
  • The Dean must inform the Academic Registrar of any penalties, which must be recorded on the student’s file (centrally and at faculty level) as per Statute 13.1.15.

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Preliminary process – based on Statute

  • Examiner/lecturer suspects academic misconduct
  • Examiner/lecturer advises the Chair of the Examination Board (Head of Department). The examiner and/or the Head of Department should consider educative responses to academic misconduct before pursuing recommended discipline processes
  • Head of Department may:
    • refer the matter to the Dean regarding the possible presentation of a case of academic misconduct to a discipline committee under 13.1.10 (see 'Formal process – Statute' above)
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    • establish and chair the committee as a delegate of the Dean. The Dean may delegate his or her power to establish and chair the committee, under Statute 13.1.10 (6), to the Head of Department in advance (see 'Delegated process – Statute' above).


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