Plagiarism: Rights And Responsibilities
The University, its staff and its students share rights and responsibilities in relation to plagiarism:
Responsibilities of the University
Western Sydney University has a responsibility to ensure the availability of:
- Clear policies on academic misconduct, together with associated procedural guidelines and support;
- Processes which ensure explicit and consistently applied penalties for breaches, together with appropriate appeal processes;
- Resources for staff and students which support academic integrity across all areas of the university's endeavour;
Responsibilities of Staff
All Western Sydney University staff have a responsibility to:
- Lead by example in the appropriate attribution of others' work in teaching and research;
- Ensure that students are aware of appropriate academic standards when outlining approaches to assessment in their courses;
- Undertake conscientious evaluation of students' work and identification of possible plagiarism;
- Ensure that students who do not meet required academic standards are directed to appropriate support services and / or resources;
- treat students fairly and equitably in accordance with the Code of Conduct and Student Misconduct Rule.
Rights and Responsibilities of Students
All Western Sydney University students have a right to:
- Fair and consistent treatment in all aspects of assessment;
- Be informed of assessment policies and practices including specific course and unit requirements, and of potential outcomes arising from failure to meet such requirements;
- be informed of appeal processes, in accordance with the Western Sydney University Student Misconduct Rule.
All Western Sydney University students have a responsibility to:
- conduct themselves ethically in relation to the proper use and attribution of others' work.
- be aware of assessment requirements and policies and the University's Code of Conduct, Student Code of Conduct and Student Misconduct Rule;
- be aware of avenues for seeking assistance and advice on attribution and assessment within their School;
- be aware of accepted referencing styles as these apply to specific disciplines;
- ensure that submitted assignment tasks are their own work except when acknowledging shared ownership of group projects or assessment tasks.