Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedure

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedure

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to trainers to assist them in minimising plagiarism and in managing it in a consistent and equitable manner and to manage plagiarism appropriately for the protection of GlobalNet’s reputation and standards for current and future students.

Definitions

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  • Cheating: seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in an examination or in other written or practical work required to be submitted or completed for
    assessment
  • Collusion: unauthorised collaboration on assessable work with another person or persons
  • Plagiarism: To take and use another person’s ideas and or manner of expressing them and to pass them off as one’s own by failing to give appropriate
    This includes material from any source, staff, students or the Internet – published and un-published works

Scope

This policy applies to incidents of academic misconduct by students enrolled in a grogram offered by GlobalNet Academy.

Each case of alleged misconduct will be dealt with on its merits, considering all circumstances surrounding the case and in accordance with this policy.  The outcome of the student’s work will not be finalised until the case of alleged misconduct has been properly investigated and any appeal process has concluded.

This policy applies to all training that GlobalNet delivers.

Our Commitment

GlobalNet is committed to upholding the highest standards of training integrity and honesty. This applies to both the skill and knowledge components of any training provided. Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and will be treated seriously by GlobalNet.  GlobalNet is commitment includes:

  • Treating all students facing allegations of misconduct fairly and equitably and with consideration for their privacy
  • Any student facing allegations of misconduct is entitled to be regarded as not having committed the act of alleged misconduct until they admit to it, or a fair and proper investigation leads to the determination that they committed the act of misconduct
  • Where any work submitted for assessment marking by two or more students is deemed by a GlobalNet Academy assessor to be the same or substantially the same, GlobalNet will consider this to be evidence of academic misconduct by those students.

Academic Misconduct

Acts of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:

  • Refusing to observe the instructions of an GlobalNet assessor during the assessment process
  • Sharing assessment materials and answers
  • Collusion with other students
  • Student substitution
  • Plagiarism
  • cheating

Application of this policy to students and staff

  1. Students will be advised at the beginning of their training about this plagiarism and academic misconduct policy and the procedures that may be brought into play if plagiarism is detected
  2. Everyone must adhere to the approved definitions of plagiarism, collusion and cheating
  3. Students and staff (including contractors) of GlobalNet have a duty to ensure they gain the necessary academic understanding to minimise incidents of plagiarism and academic misconduct
  4. Trainers and assessors must take all reasonable steps to ensure all students are aware of this policy and educated as necessary in the appropriate skills and knowledge to avoid plagiarism and academic misconduct

Procedure

All students are expected to understand that plagiarism and academic misconduct is wrong.  Students will be required to confirm by submitting their assessment online that their work is their own.  Wherever possible, records of Assessment Outcome forms should be used to specify that work submitted for assessment is their own work.  Work submitted online will ask students to confirm that their work is their own and the system is protected by usernames and passwords which students are not allowed to give out.

What happens if some is caught cheating?

  1. Where an allegation of misconduct is found, the student will be provided with the opportunity to respond
  2. An assessor who suspects that misconduct has occurred must produce evidence (through identifying the source) to support their allegation. The Chief Executive Officer (or their delegate) must decide whether or not they believe that misconduct was likely to have been intentional or unintentional
  3. If the student is unable to provide a satisfactory explanation of the correspondence between the student’s work and the sources identified
    by the assessor, the CEO or their delegate may infer that misconduct was done with intention to cheat
  4. If the failure to acknowledge the ideas of others was not intentional, the only offence the student has committed is the academic misdemeanour of failing to reference a source correctly. The assessor in this case may, if they form the opinion that the student is competent notwithstanding the misdemeanour, agree to assess the student as competent
  5. If the CEO or their delegate is reasonably satisfied that the plagiarism was, more likely than not, done with the intention to obtain an unfair advantage in assessment, the matter must be reported as to the CEO (in the case of the delegate forming the opinion) and the CEO will make the final decision as to the outcome of the assessment
  6. Collusion (unauthorised collaboration) also constitute cheating and will be dealt with under as per the section
  7. Academic misconduct offences will be recorded in the student’s file

Penalties

Where academic misconduct is proven, the following penalties may apply:

  • A formal caution to be recorded on the student’s file in aXcelerate
  • A requirement of further or supplementary assessments to be completed by the student
  • Results withheld from student
  • Suspension of qualification