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One of the biggest transitions you will make as an international student, besides the cultural and language ones, is the transition to academic studies in Australia. The style of teaching and learning and even rules around academic integrity may be very different from what you are used to. It’s important that you start thinking about these differences to ensure that you are set up for academic success in Australia. When in Australia, you will hear the terms Academic Integrity, plagiarism and collusion repeated many times. 

What is academic integrity? 

Academic integrity is defined as: ‘a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage. From these values flow principles of behaviour that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action’ (International Centre for Academic Integrity, 2014)1. Academic Integrity is  ‘the moral code of academia. It involves using, generating and communicating information in an ethical, honest and responsible manner’ (Monash University, 2013)2 

What is academic misconduct? 

If you do not follow the principles of academic integrity, you will be found guilty of Academic misconduct. Academic Misconduct t refers to a breach of academic integrity. Cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication or falsification of data are examples of such breaches.  

To get you started, we wanted to draw your attention to two very important academic concepts that are essential to academic success in Australia; plagiarism and collusion. 


Simply put, plagiarism means to take and using another person’s ideas and/or way of expressing those ideas in an attempt to make them look as though they are your own, by failing to give appropriate acknowledgment. This includes material sourced from your teachers, other students, the internet and from published and unpublished works, regardless of where you find them, that are not your own. 

Plagiarism occurs when you fail to acknowledge that the ideas or work of others are being used, which includes: 

copying work either in whole or in part 

presenting designs, codes or images as your own work 

paraphrasing and presenting work or ideas without a reference 

reproducing lecture notes without proper acknowledgement 

using phrases and passages directly (verbatim) without quotation marks or referencing the author or web page 


Collusion means unauthorised collaboration with another person on assessable work (written, oral or practical). This occurs when you present group work as your own or as the work of another person. Collusion may be with another student or with people or students external to the University. Collusion occurs when you work without the authorisation of the teaching staff to: 

write or edit work for another student 

allow others to copy your work or share your answer to an assessment task 

work with one or more people to prepare and produce work 

offer to complete work or seek payment for completing academic work for other students 

allow someone else to write or edit your work without permission to do so 

We strongly recommend that you read through Southern Cross University’s Academic Skills Quick Guides to familiarise yourselves with academic requirements before starting. Details can be found at: