In October we gained two accreditation renewals. CPA Australia wrote to advise that the Bachelor of Accounting and the Master of Professional Accounting has been approved for a further five years of accreditation. The Australian HR Institute (AHRI) wrote to advise that the Master of Social and Organisational Leadership (HRM) accreditation was granted for a period of three years commencing 1 January 2021. Well done to all involved in pulling the documentation to achieve successful accreditation.
Academic integrity update
- Although the hold on grades and graduation for non-completion the Academic Integrity at Charles Sturt University has been pushed back to next year please continue to encourage your students to complete the module. Importantly the expectation that from 202060 under Section 26 of the updated Academic Integrity Policy that we ‘use similarity checking software to check all text-based assessment work submitted by students’ has not been deferred and should be occurring from now. A helpful resource to step you through the academic integrity checking process can be found here.
- The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment (Prohibiting Academic Cheating Services) Bill 2019 passed Parliament on 26 August and came into effect from 4 September 2020. The amendment creates a new criminal offence of providing or advertising an academic cheating service on a commercial basis and also broadens TEQSA’s role to include the prevention and minimisation of the use and promotion of such services (commonly known as ‘contract cheating’ services) within the higher education sector. The new legislation is aimed at those who provide and promote cheating services, and not at students. Students who cheat will continue to be subject to our academic integrity policies, processes, and academic sanctions.
- The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) has named Wednesday 21 October as the fifth International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. This event aims to increase awareness among students, teachers, managers, and administrators about the threat contract cheating poses to educational standards globally, and take action to reduce its impact.