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Academic misconduct information for staff

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This page provides resources for departmental staff investigating possible academic misconduct under the Student Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Resources

Sources of advice

The Head of Student Experience has central oversight of academic misconduct processes at the University. For information about any previous offending in relation to a particular student, email academic.integrity@otago.ac.nz.

Material associated with cases (completed forms etc.) can be emailed to academic.integrity@otago.ac.nz

The University defines three levels of academic misconduct:

  • Level One: A first instance of academic misconduct where a student’s actions may be regarded as unintentional or naïve and contributed to by a lack of understanding of acceptable academic practice.
  • Level Two: Academic misconduct where a student’s actions are perceived to be intentional and where the student could reasonably be expected to understand academic practice, or any repeat instance of academic misconduct.
  • Level Three: Academic misconduct in which actions are perceived as being intentional and of an extremely serious nature including instances of falsification or fabrication of data, impersonation and/or purchasing of assessment, and instances of persistent academic misconduct.

See the Student Academic Misconduct Procedures for more details.

The Associate Deans (Academic) in each Division have delegated responsibility for investigating Level Two and Level Three academic misconduct. For advice on the overall investigation process and precedent-based outcomes where misconduct has occurred, please, in the first instance contact academic.integrity@otago.ac.nz, or contact the Associate Deans (Academic) listed below.

The Manager, Policy and Compliance, Academic Services (chris.stoddart@otago.ac.nz; 03 479 8993) can provide advice on the Student Academic Misconduct Procedures and related policies.