Plagiarism/Cheating Policy

Plagiarism or cheating is when a student copies the answers of another student and submits it as their own work.

Policy Statement

Plagiarism or cheating is when a student copies the answers of another student and submits it as their own work. Also known as academic misconduct meaning the student seeks to obtain academic advantage by submitting assessment responses that have already been assessed, or will be assessed, for another person.

A student SHALL NOT:

  • cheat or plagiarise someone else’s answers in any assessment.
  • copy or use the work of others and represent it as their own.

A student MAY REFERENCE and directly quote from:

  • HRETC learning materials – refer to where the information came from within the delivery materials
  • Any material, that is taken from another print source including but not limited to, legislation, articles, websites. – provide the name of the information source and author where applicable.

A student MAY COLLABORATE with a fellow student or student study group so long as:

  • All collaborating students are enrolled in the same course and studying at the same time.
  • All study participants are credited / named on the assessment submitted
  • All collaborating students submit their assessment on the same day
  • All work is the students’ own

Consequences of confirmed plagiarism / cheating.

Allegations of academic misconduct will be taken seriously by Harcourts Real Estate Training Centre. Each allegation will be investigated by HRETC assessors and RTO Coordinators and will be classified as unintentional or intentional.

Accused learners will be given an opportunity to respond to the allegation of unintentional or intentional misconduct. The consequences of intentional misconduct may include, but are not limited to:

  • Re-submission of the relevant assessment/s and or Unit of Competency/Module
  • Course cancellation by the RTO with no refund of fees
  • Suspension of learner enrolment into any course offered by the HRETC RTO for two years.


    Learner’s roles and responsibilities include:

  • Be aware of this policy and follow the outlined procedure
  • Understand this policy and procedure and seek assistance if unsure
  • Take necessary actions to minimise plagiarism such as; write assessment responses using their own words; reference assessment responses with information sources.

Assessor’s roles and responsibilities include:

  • Inform learners of this policy and procedures and HRETC’s stance on academic misconduct
  • Be vigilant and investigate suspected academic misconduct
  • Educate learners on methods to avoid plagiarism / cheating
  • Record details including documented evidence in the student’s file.
  • Report suspected academic misconduct to the RTO Operations Manager

The RTO Operations Manager roles and responsibilities include:

  • Discuss with assessor and review the allegation of suspected academic misconduct and the evidence collected.
  • In consultation with the Assessor, decide on the consequences for the learner if academic misconduct is confirmed.
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