There were sudden changes in 2020 – a move to online learning and online or open-book exams. This was new for many students and we understand that your studies may not have gone to plan. It’s really important to make sure you understand the requirements for your assessments to avoid breaches of Academic Integrity. We are here to give you the heads up about your upcoming exam period.
Deakin is aware that some students worked together on their online exams recently. If you work together with someone during your exam, it is very likely that Deakin will find out as they are now using new detection methods. Remember you need to do your exams by yourself. There can be serious consequences if you don’t.
Studying together can be a great way to learn about your course work and from each other, however there is a difference between collaborating and colluding. For example: helping each other with exam study notes could lead to you and your friend writing the same answers in an online or open-book exam. This can be considered collusion, even if you are just trying to help each other. We know that exams can be really stressful and are frequently a large percentage of the unit’s total grade, so we really want to help all students prepare for their exams in the right way.
Unfortunately not all services are as helpful as they may appear. You may see ads or webpages for external study/assignment services and receive messages or emails. We do not recommend accessing these services as many of these companies and not legitimate and could be considered contract cheating, even if you are just accessing or exchanging study notes. It can be hard to tell as the websites are really good at pretending to be student friendly. It’s safest to assume the website is not allowed by Deakin unless Deakin has directed you to use that particular website’s services.
You may be feeling uncertain, however Deakin actually has numerous free supports available for students (like you!). The great thing about Deakin services is that they are here just for Deakin students. So have a read through our below recommendations so you know where you can get the support you need when you need it.
Not sure where to start? If you would like to speak to someone about your specific circumstances, please feel free to contact our free Student Advocacy and Support Service. We are here to help and support students and our experienced and friendly team can help you develop a plan for your current and future studies. You can complete our online contact form, or give us a call on (03) 9246 8615.