Breaches of the responsibilities of staff or students may constitute misconduct. Misconduct is dealt with under University legislation. For students, this is found in Statute No. 10 – Student Discipline; for staff, it is found in the Enterprise Agreement.

What is student misconduct?

Statute No. 10 – Student Discipline, of the Curtin University Act 1966 (WA), describes three kinds of misconduct:

What are the penalties for misconduct?

If students act improperly, they may be:

If staff act improperly, they may be:

Who can report misconduct?

Any student, staff member or member of the community can report misconduct or suspected misconduct by a student or staff member.

What are my options if I want to report misconduct?

There are a number of options available:

The Integrity and Standards Unit can offer assistance by arranging a personal interview, if required.

The unit can on your behalf:

What happens if somebody complains about me?

We aim to be fair to everybody. You will be given the opportunity to respond to any allegation of inappropriate behaviour or misconduct.

Misconduct is:

academic record fraud

examples include:

academic misconduct

examples include:

general misconduct – when you break Commonwealth or state laws, or University regulations

examples include:

Case Study

General misconduct

During a laboratory class, the lecturer shows all the students how to handle chemicals safely. John ignores the instructions. The lecturer again tells him to follow the correct procedure. John continues to ignore him.


John’s actions compromise the safety of other students and the lecturer. He is in breach of Statute No.10 in refusing to comply with the lecturer’s instruction. The lecturer will report John’s behaviour and he may be subject to a penalty.

Case Study

Academic record fraud

Emma changes the grades on her Curtin Academic Transcript and submits this document to the University as part of her application for a scholarship.


Emma’s actions will be reported as student misconduct and the matter investigated. Emma will face disciplinary action. She may also be reported to the police. She may seek support from Counselling Services or Guild Student Assist to help her manage any distress she may experience as a result of this issue.



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Student academic or general misconduct is dealt with in accordance with the Curtin University Act 1966, Statute 10 – Student Discipline, the responsible officer for which is the Academic Registrar. Students are expected to inform themselves of and comply with all relevant laws; University statutes, rules and by-laws; and the University’s values and signature behaviours, policies and procedures.

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