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Copyright Infringement, Plagiarism & Cheating Policy

Purpose

This policy is to ensure that course participants, staff and trainers/assessors understand that plagiarism, cheating and infringing copyright is unacceptable. SysTec RTO will provide advice and training to staff, course participants and trainers/assessors to ensure that these practices are understood and identified before they occur and are dealt with appropriately when they do take place.

Scope

It is the responsibility of SysTec RTO to inform course participants, staff and trainers/assessors about infringing copyright, plagiarism and cheating and the consequences of such actions.

Policy Statement

SysTec RTO will seek to identify and manage cases of copyright infringement, plagiarism and cheating by course participants, staff and trainers/assessors.

All course participants, staff and trainers/assessors are made aware that

  • Cheating is defined as an act of dishonesty and or the practice of fraud
  • Plagiarism is where a written idea or notes are copied and then claimed to be original work
  • Infringing copyright occurs when the creator of an original work claims exclusive rights to it and it is copied without permission or acknowledgement.
  • It is the responsibility of the course participant to ensure that all submissions meet copyright laws and are original
  • All course participants must sign declarations for any work submitted that states their work is original.
  • Course participants will be informed about their rights under SysTec RTO’s Grievance and Appeals policy and procedure.

All course participants will be made aware that infringing copyright, plagiarism and cheating are unacceptable practices on the first day of their course and via the Student Information Handbook.

Information on using quotation marks, citations and a bibliography that correctly acknowledges other people’s ideas and work from publications, including the Internet will be made available to all course participants. Course participants will be informed that they MUST do this if you are referencing another’s ideas or published work in an assessment task and or project. Course participants will be encouraged to consult with their trainer/assessor about infringing copyright and or plagiarism if they are unsure, before submitting work.

The Managing Director or delegate of SysTec RTO, in consultation with the course trainer/assessor, will decide the consequences of any proven acts of copyright infringement, plagiarism and or cheating.

The consequences of infringing copyright, plagiarism and or cheating may include but is not excluded to; repeating the entire unit, suspension from a course and or cancellation of course enrolment.

Staff, course participants and trainers/assessors will be made aware that no part of any work provided by SysTec RTO may be reproduced, transcribed, or used in any form or by any means (graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping, web distribution, or information storage and retrieval systems) without the prior written permission of the Managing Director of SysTec RTO.

SysTec RTO reserves the right to cancel an enrolment and or withhold fees should SysTec RTO resources, materials, documents, paperwork and or any online material be used without written consent from SysTec RTO’s Managing Director.