The Components of Academic Integrity


Plagiarism involves representing as one’s own work the language, ideas or expressions of another person/s. Plagiarism includes:

  1. direct copying, summarising, or paraphrasing another person/s work without appropriate acknowledgement
  2. using, adapting or developing an idea or hypothesis from the work of others without appropriate acknowledgement
  3. copying or adapting non-text based material created by others, such as diagrams, designs, musical score, audio-visual materials, art work, plans, code or photographs without appropriate acknowledgement
  4. using another person/s experimental results without appropriate acknowledgment.



Self-plagiarism involves the re-use by a student of their own work without appropriate acknowledgment of the source. 

Students should seek express consent from the unit coordinator prior to re-using their own work in an assessment submission, noting that this is usually permitted only in situations where all of the following conditions are met:

  1. the work has not previously resulted in the student receiving credit towards the completion of an award at QUT or any other institution
  2. the work is not currently being assessed for the student to receive credit towards the completion of an award at QUT or any other institution
  3. the work was the product of the student’s own endeavours and did not involve group work or collaboration with others
  4. re-use of the previous work does not otherwise defeat the purpose or objectives of the assessment task.


Cheating in Exams

  1. Cheating in examinations involves any action or attempted action on the part of a student by which the student may gain an unfair advantage in the examination. Cheating in examinations includes:
  2. bringing unauthorised material into the examination
  3. having access during the examination to unauthorised notes or other study aids, whether on paper, another object, a device, or on the student’s body or clothing
  4. any unauthorised communication by any means with others during the examination
  5. copying or reading another student’s work during the examination
  6. failing to comply with standards of conduct during examinations in a way which may compromise the integrity of the examination. 



Collusion involves unauthorised collaboration on assessment items with any other person/s. Collusion includes:

  1. working or seeking to work with others to produce an assessment item where such collaboration is not specifically authorised in the assessment requirements
  2. giving, or providing for sale one’s own assessment work to another person, company, website, or similar, where it is reasonable to expect it will be copied or submitted by another person
  3. submitting for assessment any material that has been purchased or otherwise obtained from individuals, companies or web-based tools/services, where such actions are not specifically authorised in the assessment requirements.


Professional Implications

  1. Don’t let little things that can be avoided be the brick wall between you and your career goals. Your academic record, despite what others may say, does have an impact on your chances of employment. Being proactive in learning about different forms misconduct could be the difference between repeating a subject again or not.


*This information is all directly copied from the QUT MOPP section C/5.3



It’s always better to ask for help than to get on the wrong side of Academic Integrity and risk your academic record, so who do you talk to when you’re unsure, or in a bit of trouble?
In addition to your Unit Coordinator or Tutor, the following are here to assist you when you need help:

QUT Guild Advocacy | Academic Help | QUT Counsellors