SASS AI T3 2023 Website Tile 1

New Contract Cheating Detection Methods

A wrap up of our T2 2023 academic integrity awareness campaign.

How would you respond to a friend or peer when the conversation is about contract cheating?

DUSA continue to strive to improve student awareness of the fundamental values of academic integrity, what it means to act with integrity, and what support services and options are available during times of vulnerability. We at DUSA know that students frequently communicate with their peers online and electronically. We are aware that students can find themselves in informal e-communications with peers that in effect become turning points, leading either to breaches of academic integrity, or to students supporting their peers to act with integrity.

Deakin's new Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure

Deakin introduced a new Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure early 2023, we encourage you all to read through the new policy and familiarise yourself with the definitions of academic integrity here. Deakin has new detection methods that can detect a range of information. If you access support from an external (non-Deakin) website that offers 'assignment help' - you could find yourself in serious trouble! These websites often disguise themselves as helpful websites, with various tactics to encourage students to engage with their services. It's not worth the risk! SASS recommends that students only access Deakin approved supports, like the ones listed above. If you're not sure where to go or who to ask - you can contact us for support and we can provide you with some legitimate referrals!

Support Services available for Deakin Students

There are a range of supports that you can access if you are in need of some help. It's helpful to know what supports are available. You can also let your friends know about these supports, especially if they are experiencing difficulty with their studies.

Language and Learning Advisers
- Language and learning advisers can assist you with developing your writing and study skills, understanding how to use Turnitin, providing feedback, helping you to understand academic integrity, referencing, paraphrasing and quoting of sources.

and Writing Mentors - Maths Mentors are students who are able to provide support around understanding mathematical concepts. Mentors are available via drop in sessions on Blackboard Collaborate. You can also access the Maths support Resource Centre for notes, examples, videos and practice questions. Writing Mentors are students who are able to provide support around understanding your assessment, approaches to research, ensuring your assignment is referenced adequately, and how best to plan and manage your time for your studies and assessments.

Deakin Library
- The library have experienced staff that can help you access materials and resources for your studies.

General Practitioner (Deakin Medical Centre)
- Medical Centres are located on each campus for all Deakin Students and Staff to access. Each centre is staffed by qualified Doctors and Nurses to support you with any health concerns you may have.

Counselling (Deakin Counselling and Psychological Support)
- The Counselling service provides free and confidential support to all Deakin students. A Counsellor will work with you to support you with your concerns and develop strategies to manage your situation.

Disability Resource Centre (DRC)
- Register with the DRC for support around a disability, health or mental health issue that impacts on your studies. A Disability Liaison Officer (DLO) will work with you to develop an Access Plan or study plan so that you can get the most out of your course and minimise any impacts that your disability or health issue has on your study.

The Extension and Special Consideration Processes
- Sometimes you might need some extra time for an assessment due to circumstances outside of your control. Follow this link to find out more about your options. You can also reach out to your Unit Chair for support.

If you're not sure where to start, you can contact DUSA Advocates for advice and referrals!

Self Reporting

Of note from the new policy is the new section around self reporting please see section (61) Students may self-report to the Office of the Dean of Students they may have breached academic integrity standards. If you feel as though you may have breached Academic Integrity and would like to discuss the option of self reporting, please contact us.

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