Academic Integrity Module

Presenting false or copied data

Academic misconduct includes "presenting data that has been copied, falsified or in any way obtained improperly" (UniSA, 2022, p.43).

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.
To avoid presenting false or copied data in your work, ensure that your data is collected ethically and presented accurately. If using data from other sources, present and reference it correctly.