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Academic Integrity Information Site policy Authenticated users


Academic integrity means a commitment to act with honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, respect, and responsibility in all academic work and in professional practice. For more information refer to the UniSA Academic Integrity Policy (AB69) and Academic Integrity Procedure (AB69-P1).

Full policy

Academic misconduct is any action which contravenes the principles of academic integrity in examinations and other assessment tasks which may include but are not limited to:

  • Plagiarism and failures of correct acknowledgement practice:
    • direct copying of material from electronic or print resources without acknowledging the source;
    • closely paraphrasing sentences or whole passages without referencing the original work;
    • submitting another student’s work in whole or in part;
    • using another person’s ideas, work, or research data without acknowledgement;
    • appropriating or imitating another’s ideas.
  • a breach of examination procedures (AB-68 P3) that is determined to be a breach of academic integrity
  • presenting and/or submitting documents or data that are copied, falsified, or in any way obtained improperly
  • presenting and/or submitting academic work for assessment or review produced through generative artificial intelligence tools 
  • collusion, such as any unauthorised collaboration in preparation or presentation of work, including knowingly allowing personal work to be copied by others
  • contract cheating, defined as the outsourcing of assessments to a third party, whether that is a commercial provider, or a non-commercial provider such as a current or former student, family member, or acquaintance
    • It is a criminal offence for any person to provide or advertise academic cheating services relating to the delivery of higher education in Australia
  • file sharing as a form of academic misconduct, e.g., exchange of exam questions or assignments with other students, or uploading assignments or exam questions to online file sharing sites or study sites
  • providing significant assistance to a student in the completion and/or presentation of their academic work
  • fabrication or falsification of information or student identity
  • offering or accepting bribes for potential academic gain

The online environment is much easier to monitor, as information about where you - and others - are completing the exam and how information is produced and added to your exam are all recorded. Just like any submitted assignment, the learnonline system can monitor plagiarism via text matching software like Turnitin. During your UniSA online examination in SP2, your Course Coordinator may monitor course discussion forums and homework sites including, Course Hero, Studocu etc.

Please note: Commercial academic cheating services are illegal in Australia, visit Identifying, avoiding and reporting illegal cheating services | Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency ( for more information on what this means.

Whilst the outcomes associated with a breach of academic integrity may vary depending on the nature of the breach, common outcomes associated with a breach of examination procedures include:

  • Fail grade in the examination;
  • Fail grade in the course;
  • Suspension for a period of time.