In a study environment, cheating means to act dishonestly in any way so that the assessor of the work accepts what you present as genuinely representing your understanding of, and ability in, the subject concerned.
Plagiarism is to copy work without acknowledging the source and is a form of cheating.
TAFE SA aims to create a learning environment where academic honesty is understood and highly valued and therefore will not tolerate plagiarism or cheating, and a penalty may be imposed if you are accused of either.
It is cheating to:
It is not cheating to:
Remember that the integrity of a group project is the joint responsibility of all members of the group. Therefore, if cheating of any kind is found in a group project, all members of the group will be held responsible and will be subject to the disciplinary processes.
If you are suspected of cheating, the lecturer will investigate to establish evidence to support the suspicion.
If there is evidence to support the suspicion, the lecturer will notify the Educational Manager and set out the concerns to you in writing, requesting a time to discuss the matter. You will have the opportunity to counter the allegations made against you.
Once you have provided your information, the lecturer may come to one of two decisions:
You will be advised of all penalties writing.
If you are accused of and penalised for cheating and believe that the accusation is unjust, you have the right to appeal against the charge. This appeal must be lodged in writing with the educational manager of the program within one week of the penalty being imposed.
The appeal may be lodged against:
The appeal will be investigated and a decision will be advised to you within a week of your appeal.
If you are having difficulties with your studies, you are encouraged to seek help from student services.
Find out more about Academic Integrity in TAFE SA and access the Academic Integrity Policy and the Academic Integrity Procedure.
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