Cheating is defined as you:
- Attempting to gain credit for work obtained by deceptive means from another person or another source; and / or
- Deceptively aiding another person for that person to gain credit for work.
Cheating can include, but is not limited to, you:
- Talking with another student during an assessment or examination;
- Using hand or other signals with another student during an assessment or examination;
- Having or accessing unauthorised items, such as a mobile phone or cheat sheet, to obtain information for an assessment or examination;
- Copying or sharing information during an assessment or examination;
- Taking, using, sharing, and / or posting an assessment and / or exam, questions from an assessment and / or exam, or answers from an assessment and / or exam;
- Leaving an assessment or exam to obtain information for the assessment or exam;
- Misrepresenting the procedure used to take an assessment or exam, or complete an assignment, project, or case studies.
Collusion is defined as you:
- Working with one or more people in an attempt to individually gain credit for work which may or may not be yours and / or one or more of your collaborators.
Collusion can include, but is not limited to, you:
- Working with one or more students on an individual assignment, including projects and case studies, and presenting this work as your own; and / or
- Submitting the same or similar work as one or more students, whether current or past students, and presenting this work as your own.
We generally do not issue group assignments, so you should assume you need to complete all your assignments by yourself, unless otherwise instructed by the senior NaSA team member in charge of the assignment.
Falsification is defined as you misleading through altering:
- Other evidence
Falsification can include, but is not limited to, you:
- Making up or falsifying data, analysis, citations or other information for assignments, assessments, case studies, examinations, or any other academic work;
- Forging or altering official documents, credentials, or signatures;
- Misrepresenting your academic accomplishments, credentials, experiences, or expertise;
- Withholding information related to admission, enrolment, recognition of prior learning, credit transfer, cross-crediting, disciplinary actions, academic status, medical conditions, contraindications, previous learning, previous serious charges and / or convictions, and so on.
Plagiarism is defined as you presenting someone else’s work as your own through:
- Using or copying another person’s words
- Mimicking or utilising another person’s line of thought
- Miming, copying, or using another person’s organisational structure.
Plagiarism occurs when you do not:
- Cite the sources properly; and / or
- Gain permission from the original author to use his or her work.
When you do not cite the sources used in your work, you are essentially stealing the material that is not your own; therefore, plagiarism is a form of dishonesty. When you plagiarise, you violate your relationships with classmates, graduates, tutors, other NaSA team members, and the industry in general, and you violate the legal rights of the people who created the work in the first place.
Another person’s “work” can include, but is not limited to:
- Drawings and paintings
- Photographs of treatment outcomes
- Case study and statistical data
- Papers and essays
- Articles or chapters
- Tables and figures
If any information you use can be considered the intellectual property of another person and you use it without correct acknowledgement of the original source, this is plagiarism.
Stating widely known facts, such as, “the molecular composition of water is two hydrogen atoms to one oxygen atom” or “the ocean is comprised of salt water”, is not generally considered plagiarism.
Types of Plagiarism
Plagiarism can take several forms and vary in severity. All forms are unacceptable in all submitted assignments, including projects and case studies, unless a tutor specifies otherwise.
Minimal plagiarism is defined as doing any of the following without attributing the original source:
- Inserting a word-for-word phrase of 2 to 3 distinct words from a source
- Replacing certain words for other words meaning the same thing into the original sentence instead of rewriting the entire sentence from a source
- Reordering the clauses within a sentence from a source
- Imitating or mimicking a sentence, paragraph, or organisational structure, or writing style of a source
Substantial plagiarism is defined as doing any of the following without attributing the original source:
- Inserting word-for-word sentences or longer passages from a source
- Combining paraphrasing with word-for-word sentences from a source to create a paragraph or more of text
- Using or mimicking a source’s logic, thesis or ideas
- Repeatedly engaging in minimal plagiarism
Complete plagiarism is defined as doing any of the following without attributing the original source:
- Turning in or presenting someone else’s complete published or unpublished work
- Submitting another student’s work for an assignment, with or without that person’s knowledge and / or consent
- Using information from any school’s old assignments
- Downloading a work from a Web site and submitting it as your own work
- Buying a work from a mail order company or Web site and submitting it as your own work
- Resubmitting, reusing, or modifying a previously submitted work (from another course or programme, for example) for a current assignment without written approval from your previous and current tutors