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11 September 2020

Cheating on exams and assignments is breaking the rules – make sure you do the right thing this assessment period

It’s that time of the study period when assignments are due and you’re probably beginning to think about Trimester 2/Semester 2 final assessments and exams.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, exams will again be held online this study period and they have been specifically designed for this purpose. While we know it’s been a really tough year for everyone, and this may be your first experience of online exams, you must still create and submit your work in an honest and fair way.

Remember: don’t fall into the cheating trap just because the exam format is different to what you’ve seen before.

Don’t ever use contract cheating services

You must never ask or pay someone else to do all or part of your assessment task or online exam. Known as ‘contract cheating’, this includes using external companies that promote ‘study or assignment help’. Most of them are not legitimate and may even blackmail you into paying extra money by threatening to send evidence of cheating to your tutor.

Deakin is aware that some students are being contacted by contract cheating services. If you think you’ve been contacted by an illegitimate company, you can report it to the Student Conduct Team using an online form. Your report can be anonymous if you wish.

Make sure your work is your own

You must always acknowledge others’ work, so make sure you reference your work correctly to avoid accusations of plagiarism and copyright breaches. It’s also your responsibility to complete your final assignments and online exams in a correct and fair manner. This includes not using unauthorised resources in an exam situation. 

Understand the difference between collaboration and collusion

Studying together in the lead-up to exams is a great way to learn, especially while you’re having to stay apart and learn online. Just don’t cross the line between collaboration (encouraged) and collusion (prohibited):

Consequences for cheating can be severe

If you cheat in an assessment or exam, you can expect to face formal penalties from the University that may affect your grades and enrolment and, in some cases, hinder your future career.

The University is taking additional measures to detect cheating in T2 assessments, so make sure you complete your own work honestly.

Deakin’s academic integrity website explains how to uphold these standards and gives you helpful advice and resources. You must also adhere to our Student Code of Conduct and Student Academic Integrity Policy.

Legitimate help is available

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