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Academic Misconduct 

Academic misconduct refers to conduct by a student that is dishonest or unfair in connection with any work submitted for assessment. Some examples of academic misconduct include (but are not limited to):

  • Plagiarism – copying another person’s work and submitting it as your own

  • Self-plagiarism – re-submitting work you have submitted in the past

  • Unauthorised material - bringing in unauthorised material or devices into the examination venue

  • Contract cheating - Asking another person to complete an assessment on your behalf, purchasing an assignment



Curtin takes academic integrity seriously and has a wide range of penalties that can be applied to a student found guilty.

These penalties can range from a formal warning right through to expulsion from the university (this will only happen in very extreme cases). Most academic misconduct cases receive a penalty of a reduction in marks up to a Nil grade for that assessment or an ANN (fail for the unit).

Penalties are assessed by taking into consideration the extent and nature of the wrongdoing, the experience of the student and the intent to be dishonest.

If you are accused

Students accused of academic misconduct are sent an email from the SDAO (Student Discipline and Appeals Officer) informing them of the allegation. Students are given an opportunity to respond to the allegation, providing evidence where possible. Students do not have to submit a response to the allegation, but it is in your best interest to do so.
Responses must be sent within 7 days from the date that the notification is sent

If the University determines that academic misconduct has occurred, an email will be sent to the student stating the penalties given. Please note that there will be a wait time of 2 - 3 weeks before you receive a response (longer if it is between semesters). Students can appeal either the determination of academic misconduct or the penalty or both.
Appeals must be submitted within 14 days of notification of the outcome.

An email will be sent to student on the outcome of the appeal. This decision is final. Please note that there will be a wait time of 2 - 3 weeks before you receive a response (longer if it is between semesters).

For more information on penalties and procedures, you can visit Curtin’s website “What Is Academic Misconduct” or Statute No. 10 - Student Disciplinary Statute

Have you been accused of General Misconduct? Please get in touch with us asap. 

Contact Us

If you are unsure of what to write in your response or appeal, please get in touch with Student Assist and we can advise you. It is very important that you write a proper letter that is supported by relevant evidence. Sending in one line with “I did not plagiarise” is not sufficient.

Email: student.assist@guild.curtin.edu.au
Please include the following information: Your name, student number, your course of study and a description of your query.
Phone: (08) 9266 2900
Location: Building 106F Curtin University
Opening Hours: from 9am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday


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