Candidates must ensure the authenticity of their work. In all written work submitted for assessment they must acknowledge the sources of their material appropriately. As a general rule, wherever work is submitted that is not a Candidate’s own original work, it must be acknowledged. A well constructed written assessment task – report, essay etc - should refer to and build on the work of others, supporting and strengthening their work and advancing knowledge. Quoted passages should be placed in quotation marks (or presented as an indented paragraph if longer than three lines) and their source referenced within the text (author, date and page number). A list of references should be provided at the end of the work (where appropriate) to acknowledge the resources used in the completion of the task.
Plagiarism is a serious issue and candidates must ensure that all information is acknowledged appropriately.
CEAV Institute is committed to identifying all plagiarism and cheating by Candidates undertaking any of its assessment events and applying corrective actions to prevent plagiarism and cheating contributing to a competency score. All candidates will be informed of the penalties associated with plagiarism or cheating prior to and following their enrolment.
RTO Trainers and assessors should stress the importance of integrity to the learning process. Honest work builds self esteem, knowledge, and skills. In contrast, cheaters don't learn; they undermine the quality of education we provide. Highlight the importance of academic honesty in class, online forums and in handouts; and refer suspected violations to the RTO Training Manager.
RTO Trainers and Assessors should discuss issues of integrity with the class, especially those relevant to the course and to Candidates' future careers. Give criteria for the "hard choices" in your field, with examples of how ethical issues can/should be resolved. Enlist Candidates' help in creating a climate of integrity in your class. Give Candidates opportunities to earn your trust. Encourage them to tell you immediately if they suspect cheating or plagiarism. As educators, we influence Cattitudes, development and choices, and can reinforce Candidates’ integrity.
RTO Trainers and Assessors should set clear standards for assignments and grading. Advise Candidates whether they may collaborate, and if so, how much and the requirements of collaboration. Reinforce the requirements of CEAV Institute for Academic Honesty.
To avoid plagiarism and cheating in the online environment RTO trainers and Assessors should encourage Candidates to verify their work by using anti-plagiarism scanning software available through the CEAV Institute LMS (Viper). RTO Trainers and Assessors can access Viper software from http://www.scanmyessay.com/. If the anti-plagiarism scanner reports that a Candidate's assessment is too similar to an existing document then the Trainer and Assessor must inform the RTO Training Manager so that appropriate action can be undertaken.