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Plagiarism and cheating

ECU regards academic misconduct in any form as unacceptable. Plagiarism and cheating are serious offences. It is the responsibility of all academic staff to educate students about the nature of plagiarism, cheating and dishonesty in assessment. Academic misconduct means any conduct by a student in relation to academic work that is dishonest or unfair and includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in assessments; and/or
  • theft of another students’ work.

For more information regarding Academic Misconduct, refer to the Academic Misconduct Rules (Students).

Plagiarism refers to the knowing or unknowing representation of one’s own work as the ideas or writings of another without appropriate acknowledgement or reference. This includes but is not limited to:

  • paraphrasing or copying text without acknowledgement of the source;
  • copying, whether identically or in essence, the text of another student’s assignment or other students’ assignments; and/or
  • copying, whether identically or in essence, of visual presentations (for example cartoons, line drawings, photos, paintings and computer programs).

Partner lecturers and students are encouraged to use the Plagiarism Academic Tip Sheet and the ECU Referencing Guide.

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