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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

Read Curtin's Checklist to help prevent plagiarism in your work


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



When an assessment is flagged for investigation, the marking for the work is paused. 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). Once a determination has been made, the marking of the assessment is resumed at this point. 

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 as soon as possible. 

Contacting Student Assist

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.

1. Forward the email you received about the allegation to us. We will need to view the Allegation/Determination Letter as well as all the other documents attached to the allegation.

2. Send us a draft of your response that you would like us to review. Your draft should contain:

  • a. If you agree with the allegation, admit it. Honesty is the best policy. Explain your circumstances and why you did it. 
  • b. If it has been alleged that you committed Collusion: If you did not collude, your response will need to highlight where exactly you obtained your answers from. If you did collude, explain why you did it. Explain your circumstances at the time of the assessment. 
  • c. If it has been alleged that you Allowed, or contracted with, other people and/or organisations to undertake academic work on your behalf: If the work was your own work, your response will need to highlight where exactly you obtained your answers from. If you shared your work with a classmate, explain why. In reviewing the Turnitin report, is this more of a case of lack of paraphrasing or inadequate referencing? If yes, highlight this.  
  • d. If it has been alleged that your assessment was submitted without adequate referencing, paraphrasing or other acknowledgement: Review the Turnitin report. Are the areas that have been highlighted in the Turnitin report areas that you have incorrectly referenced?

In all the circumstances above, break your response into sections and explain each area of concern.


Email: student.assist@guild.curtin.edu.au
Please include your name, student number, course of study and a description of your query.

Location: Building 106F, Curtin University
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Students at the Kalgoorlie WASM campus are welcome to contact us.

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