ACT Academic Misconduct Policy

Academic Misconduct Policy

Responsible officer Geoff Treloar, Director Of Learning And Teaching
Contact (02) 9262 7890,
Approved by Coursework Committee
Responsible Body Coursework Committee
Approval date 5 August 2016
Effective date 5 August 2016
Review date 5 August 2018
Superseded documents none
Related documents Grievance Resolution Policy for Domestic students

Grievance Resolution Policy for Overseas Students


  1. 1. PURPOSE


To uphold the highest possible standards of academic integrity within ACT

coursework awards.




Academic Board is the Academic Board of the ACT.


Academic Dean refers to an Academic dean or equivalent officer of an affiliated college.


Academic integrity is academic and research honesty, including observance of ethical standards.


Academic misconduct is engaging in practices including but not limited to cheating in tests, examinations, essays or other assessable work, plagiarism, unauthorised collusion, fraudulent or unethical research and scholarship practices.


ACT is the Australian College of Theology Limited.


ACT award is a qualification conferred by the ACT which is certified by a testamur.


Affiliated College is an institution approved to offer an accredited higher education award of the ACT.


Assessment is the evaluation and measurement of student performance.


Cheating is attempting to obtain advantage in an assessment through dishonesty, deception or in contravention of any applicable regulations.


Coursework is work done by a student within a unit of study to a set curriculum and assessment schedule.


Coursework Committee is the ACT committee with oversight of coursework units.


Director of Academic Services is the officer of the ACT who manages academic administration, performance assessment and quality assurance.


Director of Learning and Teaching is the officer of the ACT who oversees all learning and teaching within coursework.





Domestic student is a student who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.


Handbook is a publication detailing the information such as courses and policies for different courses of study. The ACT produces several handbooks for different purposes.


Marker is a qualified person appointed to mark assessments by an affiliated college.


Overseas student is a student who is in Australia on a student visa enrolled with the

ACT through its affiliated colleges.


Plagiarism is to take and use another person’s ideas and to fail to give appropriate acknowledgement. This includes material from any source, including other staff or students, the Internet, published and un-published works.


Registrar is the registrar or equivalent officer of an affiliated college.


Student is a student of the ACT. They may be a prospective, enrolled or former student.


Student records are records kept by the ACT and its affiliated colleges about each student and include enrolment, attendance, assessment and other information pertaining to their study.


TAMS is the Theological Academic Management System used to maintain the ACT

student records.


Turnitin is an online based text-matching software service. It facilitates electronic assessment marking, formative feedback and originality checking.


Unit is a block of study in a particular field.


  1. 3. SCOPE


This policy applies to all ACT coursework awards.




The Australian College of Theology, in line with tertiary institutions throughout Australia, regards academic misconduct as a serious matter.  Affiliated colleges are responsible for rigorously pursuing the highest possible standards of academic integrity.




Definition of Academic Misconduct


5.1       Academic misconduct may encompass the following actions:


  1. a) taking unauthorised materials into an examination;


  1. b) submitting work for an assessment knowing it to be the work of another person;


  1. c) improperly obtaining knowledge of an examination paper and using that knowledge in the examination;




  1. d) endeavouring to gain unfair access to content and information where such access is not permitted;


  1. e) arranging for another person to sit an examination in the place of the candidate;


  1. f) failing to acknowledge the source of material in an assessment, including project or thesis, in any ACT program;


  1. g) submitting a false medical certificate;


  1. h) submitting incorrect, incomplete or misleading informatio



5.2       The ACT provides access to Turnitin to its affiliated colleges as a tool in the identification of instances of potential academic misconduct.


Acknowledgment and Usage of Sources


5.3       Students are expected to acknowledge the source of their ideas and expressions used in their written work.  To provide adequate documentation is not only an indication of academic honesty but also a courtesy enabling the marker to consult sources with ease. Deliberate failure to provide documentation may constitute plagiarism, which is subject to a charge of academic misconduct.


5.4       Plagiarism is understood to be the presentation of another person’s words or thoughts either as one’s own or without appropriate acknowledgement. Students are required to acknowledge by use of footnotes the origin of extracts, quotes and paraphrases contained in their work.  Quoted material shall be identified by relevant conventions.


5.5       Except in the case of ACT approved study and assessment schemes, students ought not to assist other students in the writing of individual assessments, such as providing written material to be copied.


5.6       Material submitted for assessment in one unit by a student may not be submitted for assessment by the student in any other unit of the award.




5.7       Where a marker suspects intentional or inadvertent academic misconduct, the marker is to consult the Academic Dean who will make a determination regarding the nature of the student’s intentions.


5.8       In the case of inadvertent academic dishonesty resulting from misunderstanding of academic conventions rather than deliberate deception, students are to be granted an opportunity  to resubmit a corrected assessment, the marker shall deduct marks from the assessment and the Academic Dean is to counsel the student concerning the academic conventions prevailing in the ACT.


5.9       Students who have knowingly divulged, or caused to be divulged, the





content of an examination to other students who are yet to complete the examination, will be dealt with by separate disciplinary processes approved by the Academic Board.


5.10     Students who have intentionally and knowingly received information relating to the content or nature of an examination for a unit in which they are enrolled, except that which was commonly released by the lecturer/s as part of the unit, will be dealt with by separate disciplinary processes approved by the Academic Board.


5.11     Affiliated colleges are required to report to the Director of Academic Services all offences with respect to plagiarism and cheating for recording in TAMS. Such information shall be available to registrars by means of a note on the student’s record on TAMS to any affiliated college with which a student is either enrolled or intends to enrol.




5.12     Wilful academic misconduct may result in the following penalties:


  1. a) the awarding of a fail grade for the whole unit of which the assessment is a part,


  1. b) the awarding of 0% for the assessment or thesis or project with or without the opportunity to redeem it,


  1. c) the student’s exclusion from the ACT award in which he or she is enrolled for a period not exceeding two years,
  2. d) exclusion from any award of the Australian College of Theology, or e) another outcome appropriate to the case but with an impact less

serious than exclusion from enrolment in any ACT award.


5.13     Since plagiarism and cheating are both serious academic offences, notwithstanding the prescriptions otherwise stated in this policy the following penalties are the ACT standard for plagiarism and cheating in coursework awards:


  1. a) First offence


For a first offence a student will be subject to academic counselling, with and the maximum penalty being to fail the assessment item with no marks awarded. Where deemed appropriate, the minimum penalty available will be that a student may be granted an opportunity  to resubmit the assessment with a maximum of 50% for the assessment.


  1. b) Second offence:


For a second offence a student will fail the unit, with no remedial opportunity.


  1. c) Third or major offence:





For a third offence a student may be excluded from any ACT award, or excluded from the enrolled ACT award for up to two years, or any other outcome appropriate to the case but with an impact less serious than exclusion.


5.14     In the case of severe plagiarism and/or cheating, a student may be subject to a separate disciplinary process approved by the Academic Board.




5.15     For domestic students enrolled in a coursework unit, any appeal against an outcome will be dealt with in accordance with the Dispute Grievance Resolution Policy for Domestic Students (section 3) which can be accessed on the ACT website and in the Handbooks.


5.16     For overseas students enrolled in a coursework unit, any appeal against an outcome will be dealt with in accordance with the Dispute Grievance Resolution Policy for International Overseas Students (section 3) which can be accessed on the ACT website and in the Handbooks.












Version Approved by Approval Date Effective Date Changes made
1 Dean 12 March 2008
2 Dean 30 October 2010
3 Academic Board 14 March 2014


















5 August 2016






5 August 2016

Recognition of ACT’s

use of Turnitin; change to the penalty of a first instance of wilful academic misconduct; requirement that the Academic Dean in each college be responsible for identifying wilful academic misconduct.



Any hard copy of this electronic document may not be current as the ACT regularly reviews its policies. The latest version can be found online



ACT 학업 위법 행위에 대한 정책


학업 위법 행위에 대한 정책 Academic Misconduct Policy

담당관 Geoff Treloar, Director Of Learning And Teaching
연락처 (02) 9262 7890,
승인 당국 학습 과제 위원회
담당 부서 학습 과제 위원회
승인 날짜 5 August 2016
발효 날짜 5 August 2016
검토 예정일 5 August 2018
대체 서류 없음
관계 서류 국내 거주민 학생을 위한 불평 해소 정책

해외 유학생을 위한 불평 해소 정책


  1. 목적


ACT 학습 과제 수여에 있어서 가능한 한 최고도의 학업적 진실성을 유지하기 위함이다.


  1. 정의


학부 (Academic Board)는 ACT의 학부를 말한다.


학장 (Academic Dean)이란, 해당 학교의 학장이나 동등한 지위의 담당자를 말한다.

학업적 진실성 (Academic integrity)이란, 윤리 기준의 준수를 포함한, 학업 및 연구에 있어서의 진실성을 말한다.


학업 위법 행위란, 시험에서나 에세이 과제물에서나 다른 평가 가능한 작업에 있어서 속이는 행위에만 국한되지 않고, 표절, 무단 결탁에 의한 공모, 사기, 비 윤리적인 리서치 및 장학금을 위한 거짓 책략에 관련된 모든 행위가 포함된다.


ACT는 the Australian College of Theology Limited이다.


ACT 학위 수여는 시험 합격증에 의해 보증되는, ACT가 수여하는 자격증이다.

해당 학부는, ACT의, 공인된 고등 교육 학위를 수여하도록 승인 받은 기관이다..


평가는 학생 수행에 대한 분석과 측정으로 이루어진다.


속이는 행위란, 부정직과 속임수와 그 외 적용 가능한 규칙을 위반하는 행위를 통해 평가 결과에 이익을 얻으려는 시도이다.


학습 과제란, 한 개별 과목 내에서, 지정된 교과 과정과 평가 계획에 맞추어 학생에게 주어지는 과제이다.


학습 과제 위원회는 학습 과제 유닛을 감독하는 ACT 위원회이다.


학업 서비스 담당 부장은, 학업 행정 업무와 수행 평가와 품질 보장을 관리하는 ACT의 담당관이다..


학습 및 교수 부장은, 학습 과제 내에서 모든 학습과 교수를 감독하는 ACT의 담당관이다




국내 거주 국민 학생이란, 호주 시민이나 영주권자를 말한다.


안내 책자는, 각기 다른 학업 코스에 대한, 코스나 정책에 대한 정보를 상세히 다룬 발행물이다. ACT는 각기 다른 목적으로 여러 가지 안내 책자를 만들어 내고 있다.


채점자는, 평가 과제를 채점하도록 해당 학부가 임명한, 평가 과제 채점 자격을 갖춘 사람이다.


해외 유학생이란, 해당 학부를 통해 ACT에 등록하여 비자를 소지하고 호주에 있게 된 학생이다.


표절이란, 다른 사람의 아이디어를 가져 오고서 그에 대한 적절한 인정을 표하지 않는 것을 말한다. 다른 교직원이나 학생, 인터넷, 출판물과 출판되지 않은 작업물에 의한 모든 자료가 다 표절 대상에 포함된다.


등록관은 해당 학부의 등록관 또는 동일 지위의 담당자를 말한다.


학생이란, ACT의 학생을 말한다. 그들은 미래의 학생일 수도 있고, 현재 등록된 학생일 수도, 이전의 학생이었을 수도 있다.


학생 기록이란, ACT와 해당 학부에 의해 보관되는 기록을 말한다. 등록과 출결 사항, 평가 및 학업에 관계된 다른 정보를 담고 있는, 학생 각각에 대한 기록이다.


TAMS란, ACT 학생 기록의 유지 및 관리에 사용되는 신학적 학업 관리 시스템이다..


Turnitin은, 교과서에 맞춘, 온라인 소프트웨어 서비스이다. 이것은, 전자 기기에 의한 평가 과제 채점과 형성 평가의 피드백 및 독창적 원문 여부 조사도 용이하게 해 준다.


유닛이란, 특정한 분야에 있어서의 학업의 구분 단위이다.

  1. 범주


이 정책은 ACT의 모든 학위 수여 학습 과제에 적용된다.


  1. 정책 성명


The Australian College of Theology는, 호주 전역의 고등 교육 기관과 동일한 입장을 취하여, 학업 위법 행위를 심각한 문제로 간주한다. 해당 학부는, ACT의 학업적 진실성이 최고 수준을 추구하도록 책임을 진다.



학업 위법 행위의 정의


5.1       학업 위법 행위에는 다음과 같은 행동이 포함될 수도 있다.

  1. a) 수험장으로 허용되지 않은 자료를 무단으로 가지고 들어 오는 행위;


  1. b) 다른 사람의 작업인 줄 알면서도 평가 자료로 제출하는 행위;


  1. c) 시험지 내용을 부적절한 경로를 통해 입수하고 그 내용을 시험 볼 때에 사용하는 행위;