The aims of the Exclusion Policy are to ensure that a student whose study is unacceptable receives early warning to that effect.
1. A student becomes subject to exclusion from a program if the student:
2. A restructured program is defined as a program of study in which a student may be required by the Faculty Education Committee to:
Students permitted to enrol in a program at a lower level within their Faculty or Department are not deemed to be undertaking a restructured program. For example, a student excluded from the Bachelor of Environmental Science may be permitted to enrol in an advanced diploma program within the Faculty of Arts, Health, & Sciences; as such a student is deemed to have changed program.
The following procedures will apply in the case of exclusion for unsatisfactory academic performance.
Within two working days of the official confirmation of results, the Student Records Officer shall forward a list of students who may be subject to exclusion to the chairperson of the Faculty Education Committee.
The Chair of the Faculty Education Committee shall advise the Student records Officer within two working days those students who are to be invited to show cause as to why they should not be excluded from their program of study.
The Vice President (Administration) shall forward notification to the student of the requirement to show cause within five working days of having been notified.
Students who wish to respond to the determination of the Faculty Education Committee that they be invited to show cause as to why they should not be excluded, shall submit a case in writing to the Vice President (Administration), within seven working days of having been notified.
After considering the case presented by the student or in the absence of any case being presented within the timelines set down in these procedures, the Faculty Education Committee shall, within five working days, inform the Vice President (Administration) of those students to be excluded.
The Vice President (Administration) shall inform the student within two working days of having been notified and advise the student of the right of appeal against the determination.
If the Faculty Education Committee permits the student to re-enrol on a conditional basis, the Faculty Education Committee should determine and inform the student of the specific conditions of re-enrolment determined by it. A copy of the terms of conditional enrolment must be forwarded to Student Administration for placing in the student's file.
A student who has been placed on conditional enrolment may appeal the determination by writing to the Vice President (Administration) within seven days of having been notified by the Faculty.
Exclusion involves the termination of enrolment in the program and/or the Faculty in which the student was enrolled. A student who has been excluded may apply for re-admission to their original program or for admission to a different program, However, in no case will a student who has been excluded from a program or Faculty be permitted to re-enrol in the award program or Faculty from which they were excluded within a period of 12 months from the date of exclusion.
A student who wishes to be re-admitted to a program shall indicate this intention by writing to the Vice President (Administration) before the closing date for direct applications for admission.
A student may be required t attend an interview with the Vice President (Administrations) and a representative of the Faculty Education Committee before a determination regarding re-admission is made. A student required to attend an interview will be informed by the Vice President (Administration) of the date, time and place. The Vice President (Administration) will inform the student whether permission to re-enrol has been granted.
A student enrolled in the Bachelor of Chemical Sciences will become eligible for exclusion if the student fails either 83111 Introductory Concepts of Chemical Sciences or 83112 Essential Principles of Chemical Sciences twice.
Students enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Biological Laboratory Techniques and the Advanced Diploma of Aquatic Resource Management in the distance education or part-time modes will be eligible for exclusion if the student's average program progression is less than 25 per cent of the normal student load in any two consecutive years of enrolment.
A student becomes subject to exclusion if the student:
does not successfully complete courses which constitute a specified percentage of the normal student load;
Additionally, students enrolled in Health programs are subject to exclusion if the student fails the same course twice. Further, students enrolled in Health programs may be subject to exclusion if the fails to meet the requirements of practicum courses, including practice blocks, after two attempts.
A Bachelor of Education student becomes liable for exclusion if the student fails any Professional Practice course subsequent to Professional Practice 1.
A student enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering degree becomes eligible for exclusion if any course is failed twice. Students who fail to meet the progression rules for the co-operative education program become eligible for exclusion from that program.
Students who have failed more than two courses in one year, or one course in two consecutive years, or fail to achieve an overall program average of more than 60 per cent in each year, shall be asked to show cause why they should be allowed to continue the program.
* Resulting From Attempts to Circumvent Assessment Requirements (Including Plagiarism).
Intellectual honesty is the cornerstone of the development and acquisition of knowledge. Knowledge is cumulative and further advances are predicated on the contributions of others. In the normal program of scholarship these contributions are apprehended, critically evaluated and utilised as foundation for further inquiry. Intellectual honesty demands that the contribution of others be acknowledged. To do less is to cheat. To pass off contributions and ideas of another as ones own is to deprive oneself of the opportunity and challenge to learn and to participate in the scholarly process of acquisition and development of knowledge. Not only will the cheater or intellectually dishonest individual ultimately be the victim, but the general quality of scholarly activity will be seriously undermined. For these reasons the University insists on intellectual honesty in scholarship. Control of intellectual dishonesty begins with the individuals recognition of standards of honesty expected generally and compliance with those expectations.
A single offence by a student of cheating, plagiarism, or other academic misconduct with respect to term work, tests or final examinations may constitute student misconduct.
The University views the process of attempting to circumvent, or circumventing assessment requirements very seriously. Consequently conduct of that sort may result in the suspension or exclusion of the student. Plagiarism involves submitting or presenting work in a course as if it were the students own work done expressly for that particular course when, in fact, it is not. Most commonly, plagiarism exists when:
3.1 the work submitted or presented was done, in whole or in part, by an individual other than the one submitting or presenting the work (this includes having another impersonate the student or otherwise substituting the work of another for ones own in an examination or test);
3.2 parts of the work are taken from another source without reference to the original author;
3.3 the whole work, such as an essay, is copied from another source; and
3.4 a student submits or presents work in one course which has also been submitted in another course (although it may be completely original with that student) without the knowledge of, or prior agreement, of the instructor involved.
While it is recognised scholarly work often involves reference to the ideas, data and conclusions of other scholars, intellectual honesty requires such references be explicitly and clearly noted. Plagiarism is an extremely serious academic offence.
It is recognised clause 3.4 does not prevent a graduate student incorporating work previously done by him or her in a thesis or dissertation.
In order to protect both the lecturer and the student in such cases, policies and procedures have been established by the University. Strict adherence to these policies and procedures is essential.
Cheating is a very serious academic offence. Cheating in tests or examinations includes, but is not limited to:
4.1 dishonest or attempted dishonest conduct such as speaking to other candidates or communicating with them under any circumstances whatsoever;
4.2 bringing into the examination room any textbook, notebook, memorandum, other written material or mechanical or electronic device not authorised by the examination;
4.3 writing an examination or part of it, or consulting any person or materials outside the confines of the examination room without permission to do so; and
4.4 leaving answer papers exposed to view, or persistent attempts to read other students examination papers.
Other academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
5.1 tampering or attempts to tamper with examination scripts, class work, grades or class records;
5.2 failure to abide by directions of an instructor regarding the individuality of work handed in;
5.3 acquisition, attempted acquisition, possession, or distribution of examination materials or information without the authorisation of the instructor;
5.4 impersonation of another student in an examination or other class assignment;
5.5 falsification or fabrication of clinical or laboratory reports; and
5.6 non-authorised tape recording of lectures.
Any student who voluntarily and consciously aids another student
in the commission of one or more of these offences is also guilty
of the offence of
Invigilators of tests or examinations may, when they have reason to believe there is cause to do so, challenge any candidate to produce proof of identity either in the form of a University identification card or of some acceptable equivalent, such as a current drivers licence or passport.
A student who is not able to provide acceptable proof of identity
may be permitted to continue the examination provided he/she
undertakes to provide proof of identification later. If there is
suspicion or evidence that impersonation has occurred, the individual
shall be permitted to continue the examination. Where acceptable
proof of identity is not provided or it is believed impersonation
has occurred, the matter shall be referred to the Dean and Chair
of the Faculty Education Committee in which the course is offered,
for consideration of further
8.1 Each Faculty will promote the University Assessment Guide which includes referencing guidelines and instruction on how to paraphrase, summarise, and acknowledge the use of others ideas. The Guide will be required student reading and will be available for purchase at the beginning of term.
8.2 Each Course Outline and Course Profile is to contain specific warnings about plagiarism, and refer to the Assessment Guide for detail.
8.3 Each Faculty will provide a proforma
assignment declaration cover sheet which students must sign and
attach to all assignment and
Each lecturer shall take all steps necessary to create a learning environment which encourages intellectual honesty. It is the lecturers responsibility, therefore, to:
9.1 Where possible, set, with significantly different content and or assessment requirements, assignments in consecutive years to avoid the transfer of assignments to students in subsequent years.
9.2 Clearly explain instructions regarding requirements
for individual and/or
9.3 Refuse to accept or mark any assignment
which is not submitted with an authorised and signed declaration
cover sheet indicating that the work is that of the student and
not the work of any other person, and also that the work has not been
presented by the student in a
9.4 Explain the specific requirements for submission of assignments and their due dates, and ensure that each course outline contains these requirements in accordance with the current Assessment Guide.
9.5 Explain fully the specific requirements for the use of aids (eg. calculators) in examinations.
9.6 Clearly acknowledge any students work being used by the lecturer.
9.7 Report immediately all suspected
cases of cheating or academic misconduct to the Dean of the Faculty
and to the Head of School or equivalent and the Chair of the
10.1 To attend all lectures and tutorials
at which instructions for submission of assignments
10.2 To read all material distributed by Faculty and the lecturers (eg referencing guidelines, course outlines etc).
10.3 To read, know and understand the requirements set out in the current Assessment Guide.
10.4 To prepare and submit assignments by the due date in accordance with the lecturers instructions. If this is not possible, follow the procedures for submission of late assignments as set out in the current Assessment Guide.
10.5 To attach and sign the official declaration of individual work as the cover page of every assignment submitted for assessment.
Students or other persons who consider they have evidence of conduct which amounts to plagiarism, cheating or other academic misconduct are encouraged to report such conduct to the Dean of the relevant Faculty. An individual or group of individuals making such a report must be prepared to state the alleged facts and their reasons for suspicion in writing, and to appear before the Dean, the Faculty Education Committee or subcommittee, the Exclusions Committee, and possibly the Appeals Committee of the Academic Board.
If a lecturer has concerns for plagiarism regarding a students poor or inadequate referencing in any one or several items of assessment, the lecturer may downgrade marks for the assessment item(s) according to the extent of poor or inadequate referencing, provide appropriate feedback, but take no further action. A student who feels he/she has been unfairly treated may appeal to the Head of School (or Dean of the faculty if the faculty has no departments).
However, if the lecturer considers that the poor or inadequate referencing is extensive, or suspects that a student has attempted to circumvent assessment requirements, the following procedures should be followed:
11.1 The Head of School or Dean, as appropriate, shall advise the student of the requirement to participate in an interview with the lecturer and the Head of School or Dean (or nominee). The interview may be conducted by telephone or videoconference when appropriate.
11.2 In the interview the lecturer shall convey to the student any concerns with respect to inadequate acknowledgment of material used in work submitted for assessment, and/or with respect to suspected attempts to otherwise circumvent assessment requirements. The student shall be given an opportunity to respond.
11.3 If both the lecturer and the Head of School or Dean are satisfied that there has been no intention to circumvent assessment requirements, they may determine that the downgrading of marks for the assessment item(s) is sufficient penalty, and that no further action be taken. However, the student should be provided specific feedback to avoid further problems. In the case of any uncertainty between the lecturer and Head of School or Dean the matter shall be resolved by the Chair of the Faculty Board of Studies after due investigation.
11.4 If the student subsequently submits further work which continues to exhibit poor or inadequate referencing, procedure 11.5 shall be followed.
11.5 Should both the lecturer and the Head of School or Dean consider that a student has submitted work which has extensive poor or inadequate referencing in an apparent attempt to circumvent assessment requirements, or appears to have otherwise attempted to circumvent assessment requirements, they, in consultation with the Chair of the Faculty Education Committee, may:
11.5.1 decide to take no action, downgrade marks for item(s) of assessment, or determine that the student be awarded a failing grade in the course. They may also formally warn the student of the penalties which may be applied where it is deemed that plagiarism has occurred, via a letter from the Chair of the Faculty Education Committee. A summary of possible outcomes of substantiated cases determined by the Dean are:
18.104.22.168 downgraded marks for item(s) of assessment;
22.214.171.124 downgraded marks for item(s) of assessment and a warning letter;
126.96.36.199 failure in the course and a warning letter, or
11.5.2 refer the matter to the Faculty Education Committee or appropriate subcommittee for consideration. The Education Committee or subcommittee, after investigation, may determine that any of 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206 apply and/or make a recommendation for disciplinary probation, suspension or exclusion to the Vice-President (Administration) within five working days. The student will then be contacted by the Vice-President (Administration).
12.1 Should both the lecturer and the Head of School or Dean consider that a student appears to have attempted to circumvent assessment requirements, they, in consultation with the Chair of the Faculty Education Committee, will:
12.1.1 formally advise the student, in writing, of the allegations and make arrangements for an interview to discuss the allegations where it is deemed that academic misconduct has occurred.
12.1.2 Dependent upon individual Faculty rules, the Dean may then:
220.127.116.11 determine that no further action be taken; or
18.104.22.168 refer the matter to the Faculty Education Committee or appropriate subcommittee for consideration which may;
22.214.171.124 make a recommendation for suspension or exclusion to the Vice-President (Administration) within five working days.
The student will then be contacted by the Vice-President (Administration).
13. Relative Responsibilities of the Faculty in which a student takes a course and the Faculty in which the Student is enrolled at the Time of the Offence
In cases in which a student who is accused of plagiarism which proceeds to 11.4 above, cheating or other academic misconduct is enrolled in a Faculty other than that in which the course is offered, the Chair of the Faculty Education Committee in which the student is enrolled shall be advised of the incident and its circumstances and shall take appropriate action within the Faculty in which the student is enrolled subject to policies for advice, recommendation or action devised by that Faculty. Notification of any further outcome shall be the responsibility of the Chair of the host Faculty Education Committee.
The Vice-President (Administration) shall, in cases referred to this office from Faculty Education Committee:
14.1 provide the student with sufficient details of the allegations as are deemed necessary to allow the student to answer the allegations;
14.2 advise the student of the penalty and the consequent convening of the Exclusions Committee of the Academic Board;
14.3 allow the student at least seven days from the time of notification to the proposed time of hearing in which to prepare a response to the allegations in cases where the Faculty has recommended some form of penalty.
The proposal to suspend or exclude a student charged with cheating, plagiarism or attempting to circumvent course assessment requirements will be considered by the Exclusions Committee comprising:
15.1 the Deputy President of the Academic Board (or nominee) as Chair, with the right of casting vote, as an ex officio member;
15.2 the Vice-President (Administration) (or nominee) as an ex officio member;
15.3 two members of the academic staff of the Faculty responsible for the program nominated by the Dean of the Faculty; and
15.4 a Student Association Board of Management nominee.
The student will be provided with the opportunity to address the Committee and may have a support person in attendance from the following groups:
The Faculty also is given the opportunity to address the Committee. This person would normally be the Chair of the Faculty Education Committee.
The Exclusions Committee may:
The determination reached by the Exclusions Committee will
be conveyed to the Vice-President (Administration). The student
will then be notified, in writing by the Vice-President (Administration)
of the outcome, advising also of the avenue of Appeal and that re-admission to
the program or to the University is not automatic where suspension
or exclusion has
A student who is suspended under this policy shall not enrol at CQU in any of its programs for a period which shall be specified by the Exclusions Committee, of between 6 and 24 months.
A student who has been excluded under this policy shall not enrol in their current program of study for a period which shall be specified by the Exclusions Committee, of between 6 and 24 months.
After serving a period of exclusion or suspension, a student must apply in the manner outlined in the handbook for re-admission to the original program of study or for admission to a different program.
Re-admission to a program or to CQU is not automatic. A student
seeking re-enrolment may be required to attend an interview with
the Vice-President (Administration) and a representative of the
Faculty Education Committee before a determination regarding re-admission
is made. A student required to attend an interview will be informed
by the Vice-President (Administration) of the date, time and place.
The Vice-President (Administration) will inform the student whether
permission to re-enrol has
A student who believes he/she has been unfairly treated by the actions covered in any of the above may lodge an appeal with the Vice-President (Administration) upon payment of the prescribed fee.
A student may have marks or grades for particular assessment item(s) downgraded for cases of plagiarism as an initial corrective procedure.
A student may be given a Fail in either an exercise or course in which that student is found to have committed plagiarism, cheating or other misconduct. Except in circumstances in which leniency is warranted, this penalty will be applied only in conjunction with one of the other penalties mentioned in this section. In situations in which a student is enrolled in a faculty other than that in which the course is offered, this is the maximum penalty which shall be applied by the host faculty.
When students are placed on disciplinary probation, they are
entitled to proceed with a degree or other academic program, but
only on the condition that if they are found guilty of a further
academic offence, suspension or expulsion will be applied. A student
who is placed on disciplinary probation is eligible to continue in
the Faculty in the normal way after the satisfactory completion
of the probationary period. This penalty shall be recommended by
the Faculty in which the student is enrolled at the time of the
offence, with final determination being made by the
Exclusion takes place when a student is denied enrolment within an award program and/or from the Faculty for a specified period of time. This penalty shall be recommended by the Faculty in which the student is enrolled at the time of the offence, with final determination being made by the Exclusions Committee. Exclusion is also applied as a result of unsatisfactory progress.
Suspension takes place when a student is denied enrolment at CQU for a specified period of time. This penalty shall be recommended by the Faculty in which the student is enrolled at the time of the offence, with final determination being made by the Exclusions Committee. Suspension may also be applied in the case of a breach of Disciplinary Probation.
Expulsion is a termination of enrolment on disciplinary grounds (not academic grounds) where, because of the serious or repeated nature of the offence, a penalty greater than suspension or exclusion is called for. It may be applied in the case of a breach of Disciplinary Probation. Expulsion is the strongest penalty that can be applied by the University.