Academic Integrity and Misconduct

ANU takes all cases of Poor Academic Practice and Academic Misconduct very seriously.

Academic Misconduct includes, among other acts, acting dishonestly or unfairly including deliberate plagiarism, copying or cheating in relation to an assessment for admission or the presentation or preparation of assignments for assessment.

In relation to an examination, academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism, or taking a prohibited document into an examination.

The tricky part – and the thing that unfortunately catches most students out – is being unfamiliar with what the University defines as Academic Misconduct and the penalties that students can face when they’re found to have breached the Academic Integrity Rule 2021.

As an ANU Student, it’s your responsibility to familiarise yourself with these rules so don’t get caught out for what may be a simple, honest mistake. The possible outcomes of an allegation being considered by an Academic Misconduct Inquiry may include failing the specific course related to the allegation, suspension from study for 12 months, or even exclusion from the University.

The University has put together some tips and resources for students to draw upon to help you complete your studies without accidently breaching the University’s Academic Integrity Principles and Academic Misconduct Rules.


The College regards plagiarism as any appropriation of the ideas or expressions of another without relevant and appropriate acknowledgment.  This includes un-attributed appropriation of text or content and may extend to improper referencing. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any course and all discovered instances would be pursued to the full extent allowable under the rules.

Where students have doubts as to how to deal with or acknowledge source materials in course assignments they should consult the lecturer or tutor.

The penalties and administrative procedures regarding plagiarism are incorporated in the Code of Practice for Student Academic Integrity (PDF, 272KB).

On-line material discussing plagiarism and referencing styles is available from the Academic Skills and Learning Centre.

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing