Help for academic misconduct

Why have you been sent a letter to see an Academic Integrity Adviser (AIA)?

If your lecturer sees something in your work that could be academic misconduct they will refer it to an Academic Integrity Adviser. The AIA will investigate to determine if it is academic misconduct. You may be invited to attend an interview to discuss the case.

If there is no academic misconduct, you will be advised to either resubmit the assessment or re-sit the test, as the case requires. The AIA might direct you to some resources or to get some advice

If there is academic misconduct, the AIA will set a penalty which could involve reduced marks or failing the task, depending on the degree of misconduct.

Why have you been sent a letter to attend a hearing with the College Academic Misconduct Committee (CAMC)?

If the AIA determines that the academic misconduct could be serious, you will be referred to the College Academic Misconduct Committee (CAMC). You will be asked to attend a hearing with the CAMC. The decision about penalties is based on evidence presented during this hearing. Serious academic misconduct is taken seriously and can even lead to expulsion from the University

Your Rights

If you are asked to attend a hearing with the AIA, or the College Academic Misconduct Committee (CAMC), you are allowed to bring along an advocate to act as a witness. This person cannot be a legal practitioner or hold a law degree.

You have the right to appeal the decision of the AIA, or the College Academic Misconduct Committee (CAMC), if you feel the decision was made in error, or if you feel the penalty was too severe.

Access support on campus

Get some advice on how to proceed:

  • La Trobe University Student Union Student Advocacy
  • The Student Advocates on each campus can provide advice and help on preparing a submission for appeal or complaint. Student Advocates can also attend hearings with students. All enrolled La Trobe University students are entitled to receive discreet, personal and private support from a Student Advocate through the following services:

  • helping students to understand their situation and discuss available options;
  • helping student to understand University Policy and Procedures; and
  • helping students to prepare written submissions/letters.
  • These services are at no cost to students - for advice and appointments at your campus contact:

  • Albury/Wodonga campus: Ms Joanne Mathey: email or  telephone + 61 (02) 6055 6641 or mobile 0419 423 056.
  • Bendigo Campus: Mr Brad Russell: email or telephone + 61(03) 5444 7976.
  • Bundoora, Melbourne City, Shepparton and Mildura campuses: Student Advocates via email, telephone + 61 (03) 9479 2314, or via the website
  • International students are advised to seek help from the Student Advocate on your campus but can contact International Student Services for additional support
    • Melbourne - (03) 9479 1199 / email
    • Bendigo/Shepparton - (03) 5444 7924 / email  
    • Albury-Wodonga - (02) 6024 9847 / email
    • Mildura - (03) 5051 4027 / email
  • Student Complaints Office - provides links to student support services and advocates.

Prepare your case

  • Collect any documents that you think might help you in the hearing
  • Make sure you understand all of the University's policies and procedures regarding academic integrity
  • If you wish, organise to have a witness as your advocate in your hearing

Possible Responses and Penalties

Responses to poor scholarship and academic misconduct include:

  • educational corrective action
  • academic counselling
  • reprimands
  • requests to resubmit work
  • reduced marks
  • zero for work, examination or subject
  • suspension
  • exclusion

To find out more please refer to Penalties for Academic Misconduct.