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 Academic integrity and plagiarism

It is the University's task to encourage ethical scholarship and to inform students and staff about the institutional standards of academic behaviour expected of them in learning, teaching and research. Students have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity in their work. Students must not cheat in examinations or other forms of assessment and must ensure that they do not plagiarise.

The University has adopted the following definition of plagiarism:

Plagiarism is the act of misrepresenting as one's own original work, the ideas, interpretations, words or creative works of another. These include published and unpublished documents, designs, music, sounds, images, photographs, computer codes and ideas gained through working in a group. These ideas, interpretations, words or works may be found in print and/or electronic media. The following are examples of plagiarism where appropriate acknowledgement or referencing of the author or source does not occur:

  • Direct copying of paragraphs, sentences, a single sentence or significant parts of a sentence;
  • Direct copying of paragraphs, sentences, a single sentence or significant parts of a sentence with an end reference but without quotation marks around the copied text;
  • Copying ideas, concepts, research results, computer codes, statistical tables, designs, images, sounds or text or any combination of these;
  • Paraphrasing, summarising or simply rearranging another person's words, ideas, etc without changing the basic structure and/or meaning of the text;
  • Offering an idea or interpretation that is not one's own without identifying whose idea or interpretation it is;
  • A ‘cut and paste' of statements from multiple sources;
  • Presenting as independent, work done in collaboration with others;
  • Copying or adapting another student's original work into a submitted assessment item.

Plagiarism can be divided into unintentional plagiarism and intentional plagiarism.

  • Careless or inadequate referencing, or failure to reference (unintentional plagiarism), will be considered "poor academic practice" and a demonstration of carelessness in research and presentation of evidence. In these cases, you may lose marks for that part of the assessment that has been plagiarised and/or you may be required to correct the error.
  • Intentional plagiarism will be treated as misconduct

Academic Integrity Online Tutorial
Academic integrity is a core value of UQ and the online tutorial explains why it matters to you as a UQ student, whatever your area or level of study. The tutorial system was trialled during Semester 2 2010 and is compulsory for all UQ students from Semester 1 2011.

Because of the importance of this topic, we have developed a compulsory online tutorial to explain our expectations in relation to academic integrity, to ensure that you do not engage in practices that involve plagiarism and academic misconduct.

The tutorial is available online and a link to the tutorial website will be displayed when you log into mySI-net.

The tutorial takes about 30 minutes and covers topics that you may not be aware of, such as auto- or self-plagiarism, collusion and when to reference sources.

If you do not complete the tutorial, you will be sent a reminder until it is completed.

UQ Policy on plagiarism
You are encouraged to read the UQ Academic integrity and plagiarism policy which makes a comprehensive statement about the University's approach to plagiarism, the consequences and the principles associated with preventing plagiarism.


Cadmus Pilot Project
The University may collect the following information:

                    Blackboard ID

                    University email address

                    Mobile device ID

                    IP address of mobile device/Computer

                    Operating system

                    Keystroke latency

                    Browser type

All information is encrypted, anonymised and de-identified; meaning data is separated from ID when stored in Cadmus. All information is stored in Amazon Web Services centers in Australia.

Personal information will not be given back to the University unless it is expressly requested for the purposes of ensuring the authenticity of a piece of assessment, or to aid research related to teaching and learning.

The University will not use Cadmus:

  • To aid or influence marking - no information from Cadmus will be made available to lecturers during trials.
  • Launch new investigations into student behavious.
  • To change who the burden of proof remain with - this will always remain with the University. 

The University may use Cadmus:

  • To supplement any investigations that would otherwise have been launched.

Cadmus may use the information for the purposes of ensuring the authenticity of a piece of assessment or to aid research into teaching and learning. For enquiries please contact the University's Privacy Officer or Cadmus at