Case studies: investigation

These case studies explore issues such as confidentiality, extenuating circumstances and the time needed to conduct academic integrity breach investigations. 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, 

Considering extentuating circumstances

An international student with poor English language skills is struggling to complete her degree.  Despite a number of extenuating circumstances and the likelihood that this will result in a fail for the whole course, the academic integrity decision maker determines that the student should receive a zero for the assessment.

Investigation and confidentiality

Julie is a junior academic on a fixed term contract.  She takes on the role of Academic Integrity Decision Maker (AIDM) but feels pressure to release confidential information about students who have breached the academic integrity policy to senior staff members. She seeks advice from the Chair of the Faculty Investigation Committee

Privacy in the filing cabinet

A new staff member challenges the accepted practice at the university that staff members are freely permitted to consult ‘the book’ which contains details of students who have breached academic integrity policy.

Workload implications for tutors

A new staff member on a casual contract encounters plagiarism in some assignments.  The procedure to address breaches of academic integrity at her university is so onerous and time-consuming that the other tutors advise her to handle the matter herself via a reduction in marks.

You plagiarised your supervisor

An Engineering Honours student faces a charge of plagiarism after he uses his supervisor’s published framework as the starting point for his thesis.