Increasing media concern about plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct in the wider community led the University in 2006 to scrutinise its existing practices for managing academic integrity. The small number of cases reported up to and including 2006 indicated that the university's policies and practices may not have been supporting academic staff in taking action when they had a concern about academic misconduct.
Data from the trial of new processes for dealing with academic misconduct
The first phase of the trial of the Academic Integrity Framework commenced in the Arts, Education and Law (AEL) and Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology (SEET) faculties on 8 October 2007 and continued up until the end of semester 1, 2008. The second university-wide phase commenced at the beginning of Semester 2, 2008 and continued to the end of the 2009 academic year. The third implementation phase began at the beginning of the 2010 academic year. The results so far show an increase in the number of cases of academic misconduct being reported each semester.
The Institutional Framework has been found to be effective and efficient in recording concerns about academic misconduct and identifying students with multiple incidences across schools and campuses. Further, it has been effective in identifying the types of students that are more likely to engage in breaches of academic integrity.
See pages below for Academic Integrity data: