Group Work

Working in a group, either face to face or online, to share ideas and assist in the development of assignments or projects is an accepted and encouraged practice. However, unless your lecturer specifically advises you that joint or group submissions are expected, it is not acceptable for members of the group to submit identical answers by simply copying the work done as a group. By doing this, you are pretending that you have satisfied the requirements for the course, when in fact you have cheated by presenting someone else's work as your own.

The University will assume that it is deliberate because you have signed a declaration with each assignment that states:

  • no part of your assignment has been copied from any other person's work without due acknowledgement
  • the assignment has not been written for you by another person.

Hence, if you study in a group by all means discuss assignments or projects, but prepare your formal submission yourself. Also refer to the Academic Regulation 5.1  for definition. (PDF*).

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