Collusion is where students present work as independent work when it has in fact been produced in whole or in part with others (including persons external to the University) unless prior permission for joint or collaborative work has been given by the Course coordinator, as specified in the Course Outline.

Collusion can include:

  • a student inappropriately assisting with, or accepting assistance with, the production of an assessment task
  • submitting work which is the same as, or substantially similar to, another student's work for the same assessment task

You might like to think of collusion as collaboration that has gone wrong. Collusion happens when students work together on an assessment task when they have not been given permission to do so by their course coordinator.

This might include sharing study notes or discussing an approach to a problem with other students but then preparing separate answer. Chances are the responses will be noticably similar to other students raising the suspicion of the teacher.

You can avoid collusion by making sure you are absolutely clear about how much collaboration your teacher has allowed for the task.

You should also avoid sharing your finished assignment, especially digitally, with another student unless your teacher has asked you to, because you can’t be sure how they may use this in their own assessment.

Enrol in the Academic Integrity Mini-Module: Working with others and avoiding collusion