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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the expectation that students will act with honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

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Academic Integrity

The Student Academic Integrity Policy outlines CDU’s expectations of academic integrity for all students.

This Policy applies to all students enrolled at CDU or with a partner organisation in:

  • a vocational qualification, training product or short course,
  • a higher education coursework qualification, single unit of study or short course,
  • the coursework components of a higher degree by research.

The Policy applies to all assessment activities including those on campus, online, in workplaces, or in the field.

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is the demonstration of the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in achieving academic outcomes, resulting in a growing sense of ethical and professional behaviour.

We expect that you will act honestly and do the right thing for yourself, other students, and CDU.

To meet the required standards of academic integrity, you will:

Learn and participate

Learn about academic integrity by participating in activities and accessing resources designed to help you understand appropriate academic practices and professional or industry standards.

Act in good faith when undertaking learning and assessment activities
  • Completing assignments or tasks in a responsible and conscientious manner, pursuing intellectual freedom through the honest search for knowledge
  • understanding and avoiding plagiarism by acknowledging the ideas, work and contribution of others and never misrepresenting someone else’s work as your own
  • understanding and avoiding collusion or other forms of cheating by not providing work to others, not purchasing work, or promoting the purchasing of work to others, and not falsifying results
  • following relevant ethics or professional guidelines, including when accessing confidential or sensitive data, when interacting with clients or patients and when on lands managed by Indigenous communities
  • declaring any conflicts of interest, including but not limited to close personal relationships with staff
  • avoiding coercive or threatening behaviour, or any attempts to gain an unfair advantage.
Be transparent

Be truthful when providing documentation to the University, submitting original work, giving due credit to the work of others, and supplying additional information when requested, including saving back-up copies to provide proof of authorship.

Role model

Role-model academic integrity within the University, speaking up against breaches in academic or research integrity, where it is safe to do so. Commit to creating an ethical and professional University environment, online, on campus, in the field and in the workplace.

Visit TEQSA to learn more about the information on Artificial Intelligence for students.

Types of Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is where a student seeks an unfair advantage for themselves or others by behaving in a way that is different to the ethical principles of academic honesty and integrity.

Academic Fraud

A false representation made in attempting to gain an unfair advantage.


A deliberate attempt to gain an unfair advantage, including:

  1. unauthorised early access to assessment/exam papers or answer sheets;
  2. communicating with or copying from another person during an exam; or
  3. supplying or receiving unauthorised material in an examination.

Any unauthorised collaboration in preparation or presentation of work, including knowingly allowing personal work to be copied by others.

Contract Cheating

Securing a person or computer program to complete part or all your assessment, including using work prepared by another person.

Duplicate Submission

Resubmitting or largely reusing work that you have previously had assessed as new work, without permission from the lecturer/tutor.


The intentional use of information or data that has been made up but is implied to be real.

Generative artificial intelligence

Inappropriate or unsanctioned use of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tools.

GenAI is a type of artificial intelligence that focuses on the creation and generation of new content such as audio, code, images, text, simulations and videos.


Assuming the identity of another person and completing assessments on their behalf.


Presenting an untrue or incomplete statement that could mislead, including:

  1. about attendance or participation in practical, performance or professional learning and assessment activities;
  2. citations to non-existent or incorrect sources; or
  3. failing to disclose information when there is a duty to disclose it, or when failing to disclose it misleads the assessor.

Presenting the work of another as your own work without proper acknowledgement that clearly identifies which parts of the work originate from another source.

Work includes ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works such as works in print and electronic media, published and unpublished documents, designs, music, sounds, images, photographs, computer codes and ideas gained through working in a team.

Solicitation and Promoting the Breach of Academic Integrity

Offering, inducing or advertising for a person to complete an assessment on your behalf, including work likely to be used for cheating, misrepresentation and/or plagiarism.

Note that a student who agrees to assist another student through solicitation, cheating, misrepresentation or plagiarism (for example by willingly sharing their own work or advertising the availability of their own work or someone else’s work) is also in breach of academic integrity, and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Academic Misconduct Resolution

Breaches of academic integrity will be dealt with under this Policy in the first instance, acknowledging that repeated or serious cases may be referred to the Student Code of Conduct for action.

Breaches will be dealt with by:

  • investigating allegations of academic misconduct in a consistent, transparent, and timely manner
  • acting in accordance with the principles of procedural fairness and confidentiality, including advising students of allegations of misconduct against them in a timely manner. Ensuring that students have an opportunity to respond to any allegation against them and to appeal any penalties imposed
  • making decisions on whether an act of misconduct has occurred after the facts have been established to the satisfaction of the decision-maker. Ensuring that staff with direct interest in an allegation against a student are not involved in making a determination of misconduct in relation to that student; and
  • not considering previous misconduct breaches when deciding whether a minor breach has happened but may consider previous breaches when deciding on penalties to be imposed.

There are varying degrees of seriousness in relation to breaches of academic integrity:



Penalties / outcomes

Impact on results

Academic Misconduct will be deemed serious if it appears to be:

  • deliberately planned, and/or
  • is substantial in scale or scope.

All cases of contract cheating will be deemed serious.

  • Mandated education
  • Recorded on student file, and
  • Fail (0%) or Unsatisfactory for the submitted work.
  • Fail or Not Competent for the unit.

For severe or repeated cases, and for all cases of contract cheating:

  • Disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Referral to external agencies for conduct deemed a reportable or criminal offence.
  • Fail (0%) (HE)
  • Not Competent (TAFE)


Penalties / outcomes

Impact on results

All academic misconduct not deemed to be serious will be deemed minor.

  • Mandated education, and
  • Recorded on student file, and

For HE students:

  • Warning with 0-10% reduction in marks, or
  • Second attempt at the assessment, or
  • Second attempt at the assessment with Pass only grade available, or
  • Mark original content only, disregarding sections in question.

For TAFE students:

  • Warning only, or
  • Warning with supplementary skills assessment, or
  • Warning with second attempt at the assessment item(s).

Depending on the breach:

  • Full range of marks and grades, or a reduced range (HE)
  • Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory assessment outcome or
  • Competent or Not Competent unit outcome (TAFE)

All students who breach academic integrity, regardless of the level of breach, will undertake an educative intervention strategy to ensure future academic integrity. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • appointment with the trainer or lecturer to refresh knowledge on required standards, and/or
  • referral to the Language and Learning support team for support, and/or
  • requirement to repeat the academic integrity induction module.

Academic Integrity module

What is this unit for?
The Academic Integrity unit on Learnline is compulsory for all currently enrolled commencing Higher Education students. 

There are four modules that will help you understand the principles and concepts of academic integrity and how this is applied in your academic work with practical examples and scenarios.

We recommend completing this as soon as possible so you have a clear understanding of what constitutes plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic misconduct. 

What is required to complete this unit?
This unit must be completed by the end of your first semester of study, otherwise your grades will be withheld.

To successfully complete the unit, you need to work through the content and score at least 80% or higher on each module quiz. You will not have access to the quiz unless you have first worked your way through the content. You can see your grade for each quiz and overall grade within the Grade Centre of the unit.

Log in to Learnline

If you have any questions about academic integrity and your units, you should ask your unit coordinator or lecturer for advice. 

For more general enquiries, reach out to the Library by email 

Academic Integrity in the Context of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

CDU, like other educational institutions, is monitoring the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on our sector. Most notably, ChatGPT, released in November 2022 by OpenAI, has dominated nearly every media stream in 2023.

Its arrival has resulted in direct exposure to AI for many staff and students. Understandably, there are concerns about academic integrity and acceptable use of AI. 

OpenAI’s ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-training Transformer) is an application of a Large Language Model (LLM) that uses complex deep learning algorithms to aggregate and complete natural language generation tasks. Like other AI-based tools, it uses large databases of information collected from the Internet to interact with users in a conversational manner and provide answers to requests and specific questions.

How might these tools be used at CDU?

We have seen a range of AI tools impacting CDU teaching and learning in helpful ways such as:

  • chatbots,
  • accessibility detection,
  • learning analytics,
  • writing assistants, e.g., predictive text or Grammarly, and
  • similarity / plagiarism detection through Turnitin and SafeAssign.


AI writing detection

Recently tools have been developed to help educators identify text that might be prepared by a generative AI tool.

When students submit written work to Turnitin for similarity checking, the AI writing detection utility looks for English language patterns, and it scores as likely generated from an AI source and applies a percentage value.

From Semester 2, 2023, this utility will be available to CDU educators to identify text that may have been generated from a generative AI tool like ChatGPT.

How is CDU responding to AI?

CDU supports all AI tools that can assist, support and scaffold student learning. Our challenge is to provide awareness and guidance so these new AI tools will have positive impacts and not be used inappropriately, compromising academic integrity at CDU. Importantly, staff and students will need to develop an awareness of the ethical use of AI.

The ongoing challenge for CDU is to embrace this new AI era for research, teaching and learning, knowledge acquisition and knowledge creation. CDU will continue to monitor good practice across the sector and establish a framework of acceptable use. Staff and students have an opportunity to accelerate and ignite more personalised, enabled and authentic teaching and learning, to better equipping ourselves for the jobs of the future.

CDU staff and students encourage:
  • Exploring the benefits of AI, in a range of AI tools, such as ChatGPT.
  • Sharing knowledge and insights regarding AI, through a community of practice.
  • Discussing AI and the use of LLMs, like ChatGPT, in the context of the unit, professional ethics and integrity.
  • Articulating acceptable use of AI in any assigned learning activity or Unit assessment.

    CDU recognises that acceptable use may vary across teaching units depending upon stated learning outcomes and types of assessment used in line with our Assessment Policy.
    Students must follow the guidance of CDU staff responsible for unit delivery.
    Staff will clarify the extent to which AI may be used within an assessment item.
  • Adherence to the CDU’s Academic Integrity Policy and actively report instances of the misuse of AI resulting in intentional plagiarism, contract cheating or other forms of academic dishonesty.
  • Openness, transparency and disclosed use of ChatGPT or any other LLM, including student declaration of original work and/or use of AI as deemed permissible by their instructor. 

    Proper citation and referencing as required by the program discipline area.
  • Use of authentic assessment approaches, where:
    AI may assist with routine and systematic information gathering, but
    CDU students are intrinsically motivated to respond personally and critically in the acquisition and creation of knowledge through assessments that are meaningful and relevant to them.
CDU staff and students will not tolerate:
  • Misrepresenting AI generated content as your own, in teaching, learning or research.
  • Failure to disclose use of AI. Such instances will be dealt with under the CDU Academic Integrity Policy.
  • Use of third-party resources or AI in any other form that compromises academic integrity.
  • Contract cheating in any form, e.g., the use of purchased advanced AI prompting to complete assigned assessments or to avoid detection.
  • Use of third-party AI detection sites and tools, where the security of data storage and information privacy are unknown.
  • An over-reliance on assessment approaches that are easily completed with the assistance of AI.
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