Copying is where a student acts in such a way as to seek to gain unfair advantage or assist another student to do so.

Copying can include: 

  • submitting an assessment task which the student has copied from another person
  • submitting the same, or a substantially similar, piece of work for assessment in two different courses (except in accordance with approved study and assessment schemes)
  • completing an assessment task outside the conditions specified for that task

In copying both the student who copies work and the student who originally shared it can be found to have breached the academic integrity policy. When a student shares an assessment task with another student it could give that student an unfair advantage over other students, even if they didn’t realise that the student would copy the assessment directly. Copying is different to collusion because the two people involved did not work together.