Academic Integrity Module
Presenting false or copied data
What the policy says:
Academic misconduct includes ‘presenting data that has been copied, falsified or in any way obtained improperly' (UniSA 2021, p.44).
What this means:
The data you collect and use in your assignments must be presented accurately, and honestly represent your research. It is academic misconduct when the data you present 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 data presented in your assignment must be the data 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 data must be collected ethically.
What to do:
Ensure your data is collected ethically and presented accurately
If using data from other sources, present and reference it correctly.