Plagiarism and Cheating Policy and Procedure

1. Academic Honesty

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.

2. Plagiarism and Cheating Policy

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.

Definition:

Plagiarism:

  • Plagiarism is a type of cheating which involves the use of published or unpublished works of others and misrepresenting the material as one's own work.

Cheating:

  • Cheating is the practice of deceptive acts for the purpose of obtaining competency result in any assessment event. Cheating includes assisting another Candidate to deceptively obtain a competency result.

3. Plagiarism and Cheating Penalty Procedure

  • Candidates identified as engaging in any actual or suspected form of activity in plagiarism or cheating in any assessment event will be reported to the RTO Training Manager immediately following the discovery of the action.
  • Evidence of the activity will be reported in writing and contain a detailed account of the event or actual documented evidence of the action and be submitted to CEAV Executive Manager by the RTO Training Manager immediately following the receipt of the trainer/assessor report.
  • On the receipt of the written report detailing plagiarism or cheating, the CEAV Institute RTO Manager will seek an interview with the Candidate or Candidates involved in the allegation of plagiarism or cheating.
  • The Candidate interview will be utilised to advise the Candidate or Candidates of the allegation and of their right to state their account of the alleged offense.
  • In the case of a Candidate denying their involvement in plagiarism or cheating, the CEAV Institute RTO Manager will delay any further action until the allegation is further reviewed and evidence examined.
  • Where the allegation cannot be substantiated by reasonable evidence, the Candidate’s assessment outcome will be upheld.
  • Where the allegation is authenticated by the evidence presented the Candidate assessment outcome will be cancelled and the Candidate provided with an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions and own up to the offense. The CEAV Executive Manager shall apply their own discretion as to whether the Candidate’s enrolment should be cancelled.
  • Where the allegation is authenticated and the Candidate refuses to admit their wrongdoing, the assessment outcome will be cancelled. The CEAV Executive Manager shall apply their own discretion as to whether the Candidate’s enrolment should be cancelled and a statement of attainment issued for all units of competency previously gained.
  • All Candidate interview outcomes will be recorded in writing and placed on the Candidate's file.
  • Should a Candidate decide to appeal the outcome the Candidate’s enrolment shall be maintained during the period of the appeal and only cancelled where the Candidate's appeal has been decided in favour of the decision to cancel the Candidates’ enrolment by an independent adjudicator.

4.0 Promoting Academic Honesty and avoiding Plagiarism and Cheating

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.