VU is an educational institution that values equity, fairness and encourages all students to excel. The approach taken by the University to alleged student misconduct reflects this focus. We have an emphasis on resolving matters at the local level where appropriate, and ensuring a reasonable and proportionate response to matters that impact individuals and the University as a whole.
When a student allegedly behaves in a manner contrary to the standards set out in the Student Misconduct Regulations 2014, the matter may be dealt with as either 'academic misconduct' or 'general misconduct', or both.
Student general misconduct means conduct in connection with the University by a student which is, or is likely to be, detrimental to the University or its members. Student general misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
- disrupting the orderly conduct of a University activity
- disobeying any reasonable order or direction given by an authorised officer of the University
- threatening personal injury or harm of any kind to any person
- engaging in conduct which causes or may cause personal injury or harm to any person (including oneself), or damage or loss of property
- without authorisation, using or obtaining access to University property, premises, facilities or services
- without authorisation, using or obtaining access to electronic information, including computing programs, belonging to the University or another person's University records or information.
Academic misconduct means conduct by a student that is:
- designed or calculated to, or has the effect of, providing a misleading basis for admission, assessment or academic progress
- dishonest, reckless, or seriously deviates from accepted standards within the scientific and scholarly community (in connection with research or learning activities).
Student academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
- cheating or attempting to gain an unfair academic advantage in an examination or an assessment task
- plagiarism, collusion or otherwise breaching the academic integrity requirements of the University
- asking another person to complete assessable work or knowingly enabling another student to plagiarise his or her work
- failing to comply with examination or assessment rules or directions
- impersonating, or allowing herself or himself to be impersonated by another for any assessment task
- forging or falsifying academic results, data or records.
Where a student is found to have committed general or academic misconduct, and after taking into account all the particular circumstances of the case, they could be suspended or excluded from the University.