‘Academic misconduct’ refers to any behaviour in breach of VU’s academic integrity standards.
Learn about academic integrity
To learn about what academic integrity is, and why it is so important, we recommend reading the information published in the VU Library Guides.
You can also complete the five interactive academic integrity modules available on VU Collaborate:
Further details are also available in the Academic Integrity Guidelines and the Academic Integrity Policy. A complete definition of ‘academic misconduct’ can be found under Regulation 8 of the Student Misconduct Regulations 2019.
Academic misconduct investigation
If your teacher believes you may have engaged in academic misconduct, they will ask a senior officer to investigate the matter.
The senior officer will invite you to attend an investigation meeting.
You will also receive a written notification to your VU student email account that includes:
- details of the alleged student misconduct
- copies of all relevant material such as to ensure procedural fairness
- the date, time and location of the investigation meeting
- information regarding your right to be:
- heard through a spoken or written response
- accompanied by a support person and/or assisted by a student advocate.
We recommend contacting Advocacy for guidance and advice before your investigation meeting. Depending on our availability, an Advocate may be able to accompany you to the investigation meeting.
Email [email protected]
Post-investigation follow up
When the investigation is complete, the senior officer will make a decision about whether the misconduct allegation is disproven or substantiated.
If the allegation is substantiated, the senior officer may impose one or more of the following sanctions:
- issuing you with a reprimand and/or caution
- recording a failure or zero mark or result or other appropriate mark or result for all or any part of an assessment task
- requiring you to repeat an assessment task
- requiring you to refrain from association with a specified person or persons for the purposes of study or assessment
- requiring resubmission of one or more assessment tasks
- requiring you to undertake alternative assessment for the unit on terms determined by the senior officer.
In most circumstances, the senior officer will investigate the alleged misconduct themselves.
However, if the allegation is considered to be serious, the senior officer may refer the matter to a Student Misconduct Panel for investigation. More restrictive sanctions, such as a suspension or course exclusion, can only be imposed by a Student Misconduct Panel.