Academic Integrity Module
What is Academic Misconduct?
Copying or falsifying
Academic misconduct includes "presenting and/or submitting documents or data that are copied, falsified, or in any way obtained improperly" (University of South Australia, 2023, p. 2).
The information and/or data you collect and use in your assignments must be presented accurately, and honestly represent your research. It is academic misconduct when what you present or submit is:
- copied - if the assignment asks for your research findings, it is your findings that must be presented, not data copied from another student or source
- falsified - the information and data presented in your assignment must be what you collected, and must not be modified; In some cases you may need to adapt the format of your data (e.g. put it into a table) to suit the task requirements
- obtained improperly - your information and data must be collected ethically.