Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:
Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html
Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html
Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html
Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html
Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.
In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.
Student Code of Conduct
Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/
Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.
Submission of Written Assignments
Submission of Tutorial Paper and Research Essay: The Historical Genre Study and Research Essay are to be submitted through TurnItIn via the iLearn unit website.
Policies on Written Assessment: Extensions, Late/Early Submission, Length
Extensions can only be granted in exceptional cases and may only be sought by consulting your tutor and before the assignment is due.
Late assignment policy
Barring genuine emergencies, extensions will not be granted without a valid and documented reason (e.g. medical certificate), and must be arranged in advance with your tutor. Late submissions will be penalised by 2% for each day (including weekends) the assignment task is late. No assignments will be accepted after assignments have been corrected and feedback has been provided.
Length policy: Essays exceeding or falling short of the specified word lengths will attract a penalty: divergences of more than 10% will attract a penalty of 10%.
Assignment tasks handed in early will be marked and returned with other papers (i.e. not before the due date).
For Disruption of Studies Policy see under Policies and Procedures.
Extensions for the two written assignments will only be granted in the case of overwhelming personal circumstances or medical situation, with supporting documentation (e.g. medical certificate, counsellor statement). Barring genuine major emergencies, extensions must be sought in advance of the due date, not retrospectively. Spats with lovers and computers don’t count; multiple back-ups must be kept of all work. Bear in mind that all written assessment (document studies and essays) should be begun long before the due date; generally, an extension can’t be given because of a problem which arises a day or two before the due date. If it is necessary to request an extension, please contact the lecturer well before the due date.
Where an extension is granted, proof of work already undertaken already may be required. Generally extensions will be made on a day-for-day basis (i.e. a medical certificate or counsellor statement for three days will be basis for three days’ extension).
Remember, restrictions on extensions exist not because your lecturer is mean and sadistic, but for fairness to other students who have worked to submit their items within the common restrictions.
Academic honesty is an integral part of the core values and principles contained in the Macquarie University Ethics Statement (http://www.mq.edu.au/ethics/ethic-statement-final.html). Its fundamental principle is that all staff and students act with integrity in the creation, development, application and use of ideas and information. This means that:
- All academic work claimed as original is the work of the author making the claim.
- All academic collaborations are acknowledged.
- Academic work is not falsified in any way
- When the ideas of others are used, these ideas are acknowledged appropriately.
The link below has more details about the policy, procedure and schedule of penalties that will apply to breaches of the Academic Honesty policy:
Academic Honesty Policy
Plagiarism: Plagiarism entails any of the following:
(a) use of published material without adequate acknowledgement and citation (i.e. you must footnote your sources clearly).
(b) any use of any material produced by other students
(c) any re-use of an assessment item you have produced for any other university unit
(d) purchase of essay material from an essay-writing provider, either via the Web or otherwise.
The university penalties for plagiarism (which can include failure of the unit or expulsion from the university) will be strictly enforced.
If you are in any doubt about what constitutes plagiarism – and the difference between plagiarism and citation – please read Macquarie University’s official statement, “What is Plagiarism?” (http://www.student.mq.edu.au/plagiarism/), a helpful discussion with examples.
You are expected to present yourself for examination at the time and place designated in the University Examination Timetable. The timetable will be available in Draft form approximately eight weeks before the commencement of the examinations and in Final form approximately four weeks before the commencement of the examinations at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/exam.
The only exception to not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these circumstances you may wish to consider applying for a Supplementary Examination under the Disruption to Studies policy. Information about unavoidable disruption and the special consideration process is available under the Extension and Special Consideration section of this Unit Guide.
If a Supplementary Examination is granted as a result of the Disruption to Studies policy, the examination will be scheduled after the conclusion of the official examination period, through arrangement with the relevant Departments.
Note: You are advised that it is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the final day of the official examination period.
Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/
Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.
For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au
Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.
For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/.
When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.