PLAGIARISM &

AI Assistance

in Assessment

 

The purpose of this policy is to uphold the integrity and quality of the qualifications delivered by SpecTraining, ensuring that all assessments and academic works are conducted fairly, ethically, and with honesty. This policy outlines the standards for academic conduct concerning plagiarism and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools in academic work.

  1. Scope

This policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff associated with SpecTraining, covering all courses, units, and training programs offered.

  1. Definitions
  • Plagiarism: The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own without proper acknowledgment.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): The simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems, including learning, reasoning, and self-correction.
  • AI-Generated Content: Any text, data, or material produced by AI tools or algorithms.
  1. Policy Statements

Plagiarism

  • SpecTraining strictly prohibits plagiarism in any form. All work submitted by students must be their original work, with sources appropriately cited and referenced according to the RTO’s preferred referencing style. This is usually outlined in the course material, though the default style is APA. 
  • Instances of plagiarism, including but not limited to, copying work from other students, publications, or the internet without proper attribution, will result in disciplinary action, which may include formal warnings, assignment failure, course failure, or expulsion.

Use of AI

  • The use of AI tools in creating, assisting, or enhancing academic work is permitted under the following conditions:
    • Disclosure: Students must disclose the use of AI tools in their submissions, specifying the extent and nature of the assistance received.
    • Originality: Students are responsible for ensuring that AI-generated content is substantially transformed or critically engaged with, to reflect their original thought, critical analysis, and understanding of the subject matter.
    • Ethical Use: AI tools must be used ethically and responsibly, in a manner that respects copyright laws and the intellectual property rights of others.
  1. Responsibilities
  • Students are responsible for ensuring their work adheres to this policy, maintaining academic integrity in all submissions.
  • Faculty and Staff are responsible for educating students about this policy, monitoring compliance, and reporting any breaches.
  • SpecTraining Administration is responsible for enforcing this policy, conducting investigations into alleged breaches, and applying appropriate penalties
  1. Breach of Policy
  • Any breaches of this policy will be investigated thoroughly. Consequences may include, but are not limited to, academic penalties, mandatory re-submission of work, suspension, or expulsion.
  • Appeals against decisions made under this policy can be made through the [RTO’s appeals process], ensuring fairness and due process.
  1. Review and Update
  • This policy will be reviewed annually to adapt to technological advancements, changes in educational standards, and feedback from stakeholders.
  1. Contact Information

For further information or clarification on this policy, please contact SpecTraining on admin@spectraining.edu.au. By implementing and adhering to this policy, SpecTraining aims to foster an environment of academic excellence, integrity, and respect for intellectual property, ensuring the responsible use of AI in educational pursuits.