Case studies: detection

The following case studies focus on scenarios that deal with the suspicion or detection of breaches of academic integrity.   Each case has a printable document in PDF and Word format and a powerpoint presentation in PPT or PPTX.


Academic Integrity Standards Project (AISP): Aligning Policy and Practice in Australian Universities (2012). Case studies, Office for Learning and Teaching Priority Project 2010-2012, 

Learning advisors and confidentiality

A learning advisor is concerned that a postgraduate student she has been working with has submitted a plagiarised research proposal.

Plagiarism of computing code

A subject coordinator is dismayed to find that many of his applied programming students have submitted assignments containing copied source code.

Social media and academic integrity

A student uses inappropriate photos of celebrities to support the argument in her assignment blog. The Subject Coordinator is concerned that the student does not understand the ethical issues involved.

Turnitin: a magic bullet?

Despite the university’s recommendation that Turnitin be used in an educative way, the software is used inconsistently across faculties. This creates poor assessment practice and confusion and anxiety for students.