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There is a clear distinction between collaboration and collusion when working on various forms of assignments.

At RMIT you will be asked to participate in both group and individual assignments. When you are doing an individual assignment and dishonestly get help from or help another student, that is collusion. Collusion can include:

  • working with someone else on an assignment that you are supposed to write individually
  • copying another student’s work, or letting another student copy your work
  • letting someone write part of an assignment for you

It is not collusion to:

  • work together on a group assignment with your group members (just remember to credit all group members)
  • help each other work out the assignment question
  • study together

These are all examples of working collaboratively.

Activity: Knowledge check

Read the following scenarios and select the correct answer.