Academic and General Misconduct Appeals

Academic and General Misconduct Appeals

An appeal against a finding of Academic or General Misconduct may be lodged in accordance with the Student Academic Integrity Policy or the Student Conduct Policy (whichever applies) and the Student Appeals to the Academic Board Policy - these policies are made under the Academic Board Regulation.

Note – any academic misconduct case commenced before 21 July 2016 will be heard under the revoked Statute 13.1 – Student Discipline, section 13.1.9.

I wish to appeal against a decision made by the University. How do I do that?

Please read and follow the instructions below carefully.

Step 1 – Identify the grounds for your appeal

Appeals to the Academic Secretary arising from a finding of academic misconduct must be based on one or more of the following grounds:

  1. a procedural irregularity has occurred (which may include that the student has not received a fair hearing in all the circumstances);
  2. there is new information that could not reasonably have been provided at the time of the original decision, and that would probably have affected the decision or any penalty imposed;
  3. the decision was manifestly wrong; or
  4. the penalty imposed was manifestly excessive, inappropriate or not available in the circumstances.

Note for information: At the end of this page is a list of penalties usually applied for academic misconduct. These penalties are standard penalties and would not normally be considered grounds for appeal.

Step 2 – Draft a letter of appeal

If an appellant believes that they have grounds for an appeal, their appeal letter must:

a)state the ground or grounds for appeal;
b)include relevant information in support of the grounds for appeal identified in the letter; and
c)attach relevant evidence supporting the grounds. Evidence may include documents such as medical certificates, letters of support, email correspondence, travel documents, insurance documents, etc.

We suggest that appellants use this template to help draft their Letter of Appeal.

Step 3 - Contact the Student Advocacy Service

The University has a single funded independent advocacy service , the Student Union Advocacy Service (SUAS), which is directly funded from the Student Services and Amenities Fee. The service is provided through the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) and is available to all students, graduate and undergraduate, on or off the Parkville campus.

You are strongly advised to contact a student advocate as soon as possible.

Student Union Advocacy Service
T: +61 3 8344 6546
Web Enquiry Form

Other services are also available and can be found on the University’s Student Services Finder:
http://services.unimelb.edu.au/finder

Step 4 - Submit your Letter of Appeal and supporting documents

Appeals must be lodged with the Academic Secretary in writing within twenty (20) working days of the decision being appealed.

Your Letter of Appeal and supporting documents should be emailed to the Academic Secretary or sent/delivered to the following address:

Academic Secretary,
Level 7, Raymond Priestley Building
University of Melbourne VIC 3010

Step 5 - Consideration of the Appeal

The Academic Secretary will consider the appeal and supporting documentation. If the appeal is dismissed without hearing the appellant will be notified within 10 working days of receipt of the appeal letter.

Step 6 - Appeal hearing

If the appeal is accepted the appellant will be notified of the time, date and location of the appeal hearing. The appeal will usually be heard within 21 days of receipt of the appeal letter. The appellant may bring a support person to the appeal hearing but must notify the secretary at least 24 hours prior to the hearing that they have elected to do this.

The Student Appeal Panel will usually comprise two members of the Academic Board, and a representative from either the Student Union or GSA. At least one member from the relevant faculty will also be present, but this may be varied.

The secretary will notify the appellant of the Student Appeal Panel’s decision within five University business days of the hearing.

For more information about the appeal process please refer to Student Appeals to the Academic Board Policy.

Enquiries may be directed to the Academic Secretary on (03) 8344 7527.

PENALTIES FOR ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT - INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

The penalties allowed for academic misconduct are listed in the Academic Board Regulation, Part 8 – Student Conduct, Division 2 – Academic Misconduct, 45 – Penalties for Student Academic Misconduct.
A Student Academic Misconduct Committee may apply one or more penalties.

Minor cases of academic misconduct (where an educative response was not considered appropriate and a Student Academic Misconduct Hearing has considered the case)

  • Issue a reprimand or warning
  • Issue a reprimand or warning and amend the mark and/or grade for whole or part of assessment (but not below a pass mark)
  • Agree with the student a corrective course of action – which may include resubmission of work for a capped result.

Fraudulent documents – including, but not limited to, medical certificates, academic records, academic transcripts, documents required for admission.

  • Fraudulent documents relating to admission - termination of enrolment - Mark 0, Grade N
  • Forged medical certificates – suspension or termination of enrolment - Mark 0, Grade N

Examination misconduct including cheating, copying or possession of unauthorised materials whether or not an advantage was gained

  • Failure of the examination – Mark 0, Grade N
  • Failure of subject – Mark 0, Grade N

Cheating – copying from or providing to another student or students an answer or answers to any assessment task or essay

  • First year undergraduate student - failure of subject - Mark 0, Grade N
  • Any other student, second or subsequent offence - suspension or termination of enrolment - Mark 0, Grade N
  • Second or subsequent offence - termination of enrolment - Mark 0, Grade N

Cheating - purchasing an assignment or assessment materials– including purchasing an essay, examination or test questions, or answers to any assessment task

  • First year undergraduate student - failure of subject - Mark 0, Grade N
  • Any other student or second or subsequent offence for a first year undergraduate student - suspension or termination of enrolment - Mark 0, Grade N

Cheating - selling an assignment or assessment materials – including essays, examination or test questions or answers to any assessment task to any person or organisation

  • Suspension or termination of enrolment - Mark 0, Grade N

Cheating – a student resubmits in whole or part their own work for another assessment item

  • First year undergraduate student - failure of subject - Mark 0, Grade N
  • Any other student, second or subsequent offence - suspension or termination of enrolment - Mark 0, Grade N
  • Second or subsequent offence - termination of enrolment - Mark 0, Grade N

Cheating – making available through online publication assignment or assessment materials – including essays, examinations, test questions, or answers to any assessment task

  • Suspension or termination of enrolment - Mark 0, Grade N

Collusion - improperly colludes with another person or persons;

Plagiarism penalties apply see below

Plagiarism

  • Using another person’s work as though it is the person’s own work.
  • Using another person’s work as though it is the person’s own work without appropriate attribution—
    • when writing a computer program and presenting it as his or her own, incorporates the coding of a computer program written by another person;
    • using work from any source other than the person’s own work, including a book, journal, newspaper article, set of lecture notes, current or past student’s work or any other person’s work;
    • uses a musical composition, audio, visual, graphic or photographic work created by another person;
    • uses an object created by another person, including an artefact, costume or model.
  • Producing and submitting or presenting as his or her own independent work an assessment item which has been prepared in conjunction with another person.
  • Resubmitting in whole or part their own work for another assessment item
  • Penalties apply which may include any of the following:
    • Revise and resubmit for capped grade
    • Mark 0, Grade N Suspension  - Mark 0, Grade N
    • Termination – Mark 0, Grade N

Falsifying or misrepresenting data or results

  • Undergraduate student - failure of the subject - Mark 0, Grade N.
  • Any other student or second or subsequent offence for an undergraduate student - suspension or termination of enrolment  - Mark 0, Grade N

Note: Suspension or termination of enrolment - whenever these are recommended and applied, a grade of 0 and mark of N are applied to the subject(s) in question.

RESEARCH MISCONDUCT penalties (including graduate research courses)

  • Issue a warning and reprimand;
  • Issue a warning and reprimand, and allow revise and resubmit and cap a mark;
  • Apply a zero mark and Grade N to the subject;
  • Apply a zero mark and grade N to the subject and recommend suspension; or
  • Apply a zero mark and Grade N to the subject and recommend termination

Candidates in graduate research courses:

  • the committee may recommend the candidate’s enrolment be terminated –  grade N; or
  • allow the candidate to continue and the thesis examination to proceed.