Terms used in this policy and associated procedures are consistent with the ACU Glossary of Terms. The following specific definitions also apply:
Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning, teaching and research.
Academic integrity officer is an academic staff member who has a leadership role in academic integrity matters within their organisational unit and is responsible for receiving allegations, determining evidence of academic misconduct, and applying penalties for academic misconduct.
Academic misconduct is any action or attempted action that may result in an unfair academic advantage to one or more students.
Faculty Academic Misconduct Committee is a committee convened to determine allegations of academic misconduct that may lead to serious penalties that affect a student’s enrolment or their eligibility for an award.
Legitimate cooperation is the legitimate cooperation and collaboration by students sharing materials or data collected and discussing the interpretation of such material.
Examples of legitimate cooperation and collaboration include:
- informal study/discussion groups;
- discussion of general themes and concepts;
- interpretation of assessment criteria; or
- strengthening and development of academic writing and/or study skills through peer assistance; and
- designated group work which requires researching and writing of joint projects, written works or other assessable works.
Student includes any current or former student of the University