Student misconduct

Misconduct at UNSW usually falls into one of three categories; academic, non-academic or research misconduct.

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What is misconduct?

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Academic misconduct

Includes, misconduct during examinations (see Exam rules and policy), plagiarism, contract cheating, and submitting false documents.

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Non-Academic misconduct

Failure to treat staff or other students with courtesy, tolerance and respect, and behaviour that is unlawful, discriminatory, sexually inappropriate, bullying, harassing, invades another's privacy or causes any person to fear for their personal safety.

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Research misconduct

Research misconduct is a serious breach of Research Code which is also intentional, reckless or negligent. Falsifying or fabricating research data or results is a common example.

The misconduct process

Where the University believes a student may have breached the Code, the University may take disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Misconduct Procedure. 

Any student or staff member can raise an allegation of misconduct. All allegations of misconduct are subject to an investigation process. Designated Officers (within Schools, Faculties or Departments), the Conduct and Integrity Office and specifically appointed Investigative Officers have the authority to investigate allegations.

If an allegation is substantiated, penalties can range from a formal warning to suspension or exclusion, depending on the severity of misconduct. More information can be found  in Appendix B of the Student Misconduct Procedures.

Student Misconduct Procedure

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