Academic dishonesty

Malpractice is a behaviour that results in, or may result in, the student or any other student gaining an unfair advantage in one or more assessment components.

Malpractice includes:


The representation of the ideas or work of another person as the student’s own. The original source must always be acknowledged.


Supporting malpractice by another student, as in allowing one’s work to be submitted for assessment by another. However, sometimes collaboration with other candidates is permitted. Still, the final work must be produced independently, even if it is be based on similar data. This means that the abstract, introduction, content, conclusion or summary of a piece of work must be written in each student’s own words and cannot be the same as another student’s.

Duplication of work:

The presentation of the same work for different assessment. However, it is perfectly acceptable for a student to study different aspects of a topic for different assessment.

Any other behaviour

that gains an unfair advantage for a student or that affects the results of another student. Examples are fabricating data for an assignment, taking unauthorized material into an examination room, misconduct during an examination (including any attempt to disrupt the examination or distract another student; in any way supporting the passing on of information related to the examination; copying the work of another student; failing to comply with the instructions of the invigilator; impersonating another student), stealing examination papers,   Malpractice is viewed as a serious academic offence and will be penalized when discovered.