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 Formal Process – Statute

  • Matter brought to attention of the Head of Department.
  • Head of Department (under delegation from the Dean Statute 13.1.2(2)) to establish discipline committee as per Statute 13.1.5
  • Head of Department to provide notice to student as per Statute 13.1.7.
  • Penalties may be imposed under Statute 13.1.8 (2)
  • The HOD 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 13.1.7 (9b).

Formal Process – Statute

  • Matter brought to attention of Dean by HOD. Dean to decide whether to proceed.
  • Dean to establish discipline committee as per Statute 13.1.5
  • Dean to provide notice to student as per Statute 13.1.7.
  • Penalties may be imposed under Statute 13.1.8 (2)
  • 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 13.1.7 (9b)

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Allegations of misconduct - preliminary process

  • Examiner/lecturer/subject co-ordinator/invigilator suspects academic misconduct.
  • Examiner/lecturer/subject co-ordinator/invigilator advises the Chair of the Examination Board (Head of Department – HOD)).
  • The HOD should consider educative responses to academic misconduct before pursuing formal discipline processes.
  • HOD may:
    • refer the matter to the Dean regarding the possible presentation of a case of academic misconduct to a discipline committee under Statute 13.1.5 (see 'Formal Process – Statute' above)
    • • establish and chair the committee as a delegate of the Dean where the Dean has delegated his or her power to establish and chair the committee, under Statute 13.1.2(2), to the Head of Department in advance and in writing (see 'Delegated Formal Process – Statute' above).


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