Student Conduct

Student Conduct

The UNSW Student Code (pdf) outlines the expectations we have of ourselves and our students.  Under the Code UNSW students have five primary responsibilities:

  1. To inform themselves of the University’s rules and policies that affect them
  2. To act with integrity in academic work, to ensure that all academic work is conducted ethically and safely
  3. To observe standards of equity and respect in dealing with every member of the University community
  4. To use and care for University resources in a lawful and appropriate manner
  5. To not diminish the University’s reputation in the carrying out of academic and other associated University activities

Upon your enrolment at UNSW, you share responsibility with us for maintaining a safe, harmonious and tolerant University environment.

Types of misconduct

Learn about what actions or behaviours may constitute misconduct.

Academic misconduct

Academic misconduct can include:

  • Misconduct during examinations (see Exam rules and policy)
  • Plagiarism (see Plagiarism)
  • Contract cheating (or "Ghostwriting") 
  • Submitting false document to the university, such as medical certificates or altered transcripts. 

Non-Academic misconduct

Non-academic misconduct may include behaviour which is considered a breach of the Student Code (pdf), such as:

  • failure to treat staff or other students with courtesy, tolerance and respect
  • behaviour that is unlawful, discriminatory, sexually inappropriate, bullying, harassing, invades another's privacy or causes any person to fear for their personal safety

Research misconduct

The University has in place various polices that set out the guidelines with respect to responsible research practices. UNSW has developed the Research Code of Conduct (pdf) to meet the standards set out in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The University has an associated Procedure for Handling Allegations of Research Misconduct (pdf).

The Misconduct Process

Learn about how UNSW handles student misconduct

How student misconduct is handled at UNSW

Where the university believes a student may have breached the code, the University may take disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Misconduct Procedures (pdf).

Any student or staff member can raise an allegation of misconduct. All allegations of misconduct are subject to an investigation process. Designated Officers (within Schools, Faculties or Departments), the Student Conduct and Integrity Unit and specifically appointed Investigative Officers have the authority to investigate allegations.

If an allegation is proven, Appendix B of the Student Misconduct Procedures sets out appropriate penalties. This can range from a formal warning to suspension or exclusion, depending on the severity of misconduct.

Contacts for advice

Discover university contacts who can help you with conduct questions.

Student Conduct and Integrity Unit

The Student Conduct and Integrity Unit is available to provide advice and guidance on conduct matters.  

Student Support and Success Advisors

The Student Support and Success Advisors are available to provide advice on the student code and conduct matters.

Student Advocate

For independent advice and advocacy, you can contact: