Two students hand in assignments that are virtually identical despite instructions that the work was to be done individually. The students denied working together, claiming that they had used the same tutor and therefore approached the problems in the same way. The professor notes that even their punctuation and odd or incorrect formulations were identical.
Possible Code charges:
30.3.2(1) Plagiarism – No Student shall submit the words, ideas, images or data of another person as the Student’s own in any academic writing, essay, thesis, project, assignment, presentation or poster in a course or program of study.
30.3.2(2)c Cheating – No student shall represent another’s substantial editorial or compositional assistance as the Student’s own work.
Commentary: The likelihood that two students would make the same punctuation errors or unusual mistakes throughout their assignments, despite sharing a tutor, is extremely low. Therefore a balance of probabilities can be established on that basis, even if the students continue to deny working together.