What is academic misconduct?
A student who violates the university/college rules is inferred as Academic Misconduct. It may be of any type. Some of the best examples are plagiarism, proxy attendance, misrepresentation, and the other activities that defy the rules of the University. We shall now discuss some of them in detail.
Proxy is nothing but a person representing another person in the class room when he is not present. When the lecturer takes the attendance, some other person will respond to the name to provide attendance for that person. If the lecturer could not trace it, the student who was absent for the class will be getting attendance. If the lecturer could identify the person, it remains as a mark in his college life.
Plagiarism is a form of duplicating ones ideas and thoughts and creating it as their own work. When a student is assigned a work, he has to complete it by himself. If he could complete it by his own, it seems that he is following the regular classes and has a knowledge about the subject. But students due to laziness and doesn’t spare for hardworking generally copies the matter, edit some content and frames it up as their own work.
Misrepresentation might be in any from like producing several fake certificates. It may be in the form of medical certificate or qualification certificates. People who try to escape from their works/assignments; they generally provide some false certificates. Who doesn’t even have a qualified certificate and tries to continue their education for further studies.
How is academic misconduct identified by CQU? That is how does the university find out whether or not a student has done something that might be academic misconduct?
Every University has its own rules and regulations. Each are governed and regulated to maintain the discipline among the students. There are several strategies to control the academic misconduct of the student. Most of the concentration should be on Plagiarism, misrepresentation and proxy.
First of all, students must be advised and create awareness about the plagiarism. Students should be explained about the methods the University implements to identify the plagiarism. After establishing a clear idea about plagiarism, the staff should assign a task to the students, such that the work is not from the previous years, in order to control the plagiarism. And the work should make the students do more research.
Regarding the proxy, the professor/lecturer should take care about the student attendance. They must observe carefully while marking the attendance. Check weather the proper attendance is given or not.
Based on your experience, what could CQU do to reduce student academic misconduct?
Based on my experience, I have observed some of the methods followed by the university to weave the academic misconduct.
The university has created awareness about the plagiarism, which alarmed the students to be aware of the activities. This information made the students to do their own research work and submit it as per the schedule without any delay.
Also the rules during the marking of the attendance, made the students to be punctual to the classes. This marking should be done carefully. Lecturer should carefully observe the person who replies to the attendance.
The same strictness should be followed in misrepresentation. During the submission of the medical reports and the other documents, it should be examined carefully. These may be varied by the dates or concerned issued authority.
Reference: CQU Home page, Student Handbook, htp://webfuse.cqu.edu.au/Courses/2006/T3/COIS20025/Assessment/Background/Background/