The Academic Integrity Policy outlines the importance of academic honesty and acknowledging academic sources in all submitted assignments. Academic integrity is part of Metavision’s standards as set out by the Academic Board. Academic integrity means upholding high standards of ethical conduct in studying and writing assessments. It is essential to always be honest and fair by acknowledging the work and ideas of authors.
Plagiarism means presenting the work and ideas of authors without proper acknowledgement. For example:
- Not using quotation marks and referencing when directly quoting the words of an author
- Copying another student’s work
- Reproducing sentences from unit curriculum without acknowledgement
Academic Referencing Conventions
Students are required to use the American Psychological Association referencing style throughout their course (APA 6th ed.). Visit the APA website and make use of free online tutorials and the blog.
Tips for maintaining academic integrity:
- Start assignments ahead of the due date and allow plenty of time
- Ensure your study load is achievable Put aside regular time each week to do reading and assessments.
- Take notes on readings in your own words
- Paraphrase to ensure you really understand the theory content
- Summarise and condense notes into major points
- Keep a glossary of definitions for concepts and terms and reference glossary
- Compare and contrast different theorists and schools
- Develop your own ideas and critiques.
- Read the assignment in hard copy for a final round of editing before submission
- Ensure page numbers are included in in-text citations for direct quotes
- Ensure all in-text citations are referenced in the reference list.
Academic misconduct goes against Metavision’s value for honesty and integrity. Academic misconduct by students can take many forms, including the following:
- Using essay writing services to present the work of others as their own
- Adding academic references to the reference list when these were not used to
write the assessment
- Collaborating with others on assessments when group work is not a formal assessment requirement
In responding to academic misconduct, the Metavision Institute takes into account whether the misconduct was intentional, where the student is up to in the course, and any previous misconduct. Penalties may include:
- A requirement to resubmit the assessment task with appropriate revisions (for a first minor offence)
- A reduction in the marks allocated to the assignment
- A requirement to undertake another form of assignment
- A fail grade for the assignment
- A fail grade for the unit, with the option to re-enrol at a future date
- A probation period, requiring regular meetings with the Course Coordinator
- A referral to additional academic support
- Exclusion from the course with the option to re-enrol at a future date
- Exclusion from the course without the option to re-enrol, and/or
- Withdrawal of an award
Students are entitled to appeal academic misconduct penalties by following the appeals provisions in the Grievance, Complaints and Appeals (Academic) Policy.
Students enrolled in the Metavision Institute’s postgraduate courses are to follow the PACFA Code of Ethics, and maintain the confidentiality of all sensitive and personal information disclosed during on-campus workshops and online discussions, in experiential and practical exercises with fellow students, and on placement.
As part of the learning process, students may sensitively and respectfully use personal and sensitive information in general discussions, assessments and supervision in a form that protects the identity of the person.
Students are expected to:
- Respect and uphold the essential humanity, worth and dignity of staff, student peers and clients
- Recognise and respect diversity and oppose discrimination and oppressive behaviour
- Respect the privacy of student peers and clients and preserve the confidentiality of any personal and sensitive information acquired during the course and following course completion
Student Code of Conduct and Shared Responsibility
The Code is available on the Metavision website [url] and outlines Metavision’s expectations of students. Students are to maintain high standards of conduct in on- campus and online teaching environments and in their informal interactions with staff and fellow students.
Any form of discrimination, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment or sexual assault will not be tolerated in the Metavision Institute.
Student Misconduct Policy
The Metavision Institute considers the following behaviours to be student misconduct:
- Behaving dishonestly
Bullying, harassing or interfering with other students or staff
Disrupting other students’ learning
Failing to comply with legal or policy requirements
Mistreating or destroying Metavision Institute property, or the property of other students or staff
Fraudulent alteration or destruction of Metavision Institute’s documents and records, or other corrupt actions
Misconduct while on placement in a Host Organisation
- Engaging in libellous or defamatory behaviour Other inappropriate actions.
Allegations of student misconduct will be investigated with procedural fairness. Penalties for upheld misconduct may include:
- Formal warning
- Referral to student support services
- Probation period, during which time the student will be required to attend regular meetings with the Academic Director
- Restitution of property or goods, if appropriate
- Requirement to repay costs associated with damage to Metavision Institute property
- Exclusion from the course with an option to re-enrol in the future
- Expulsion from Metavision Institute
- Report of a crime to the NSW Police
Students have the right to internal appeal and independent external review of decisions made by Metavision in relation to student misconduct. In such circumstances, Metavision will implement the recommendations made by the external reviewer.