Student policies and procedures
Here you’ll find the relevant policies and procedures for Higher Degree by Research students.
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Academic integrity/academic misconduct
- Academic Integrity Website
- Academic Misconduct Procedure
- Academic Integrity Program
- Complaints Information
- Help With Academic Writing
- Plagiarism – How to Avoid It
- Information Regarding Authorship and Joint Authorship [.pdf – 195 kB]
Higher degree by research students wishing to have a Curtin University business card are allowed to arrange for one to be produced, provided that this has been approved by the Head of Enrolling Area. An order for business cards must be placed through the relevant Enrolling Area administrator and student Consumables and Fieldwork funding may be used for this purpose. Upon completion of the course, students must provide any remaining business cards to their Supervisor for destruction.
Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
- Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
- If you have any complaints please contact either of the “Designated People to Receive Formal Complaints” listed below.
In addition, for details on actioning a misconduct matter, please refer to Curtin’s Academic Misconduct Procedure listed under Academic Integrity/Academic Misconduct.
- Integrity and Standards Unit (ISU) website
- Complaint Mechanisms
- How to make a complaint
- Grievance Resolution Policy
- The Integrity and Standards Unit can assist if you have any concerns or need clarification/advice/support in relation to the lodgement of management of a complaint.
Conflict of interest
- Copyright at Curtin (through the Office of Legal and Compliance Services) which includes topics such as:
- Copying by Thesis Authors
- Copying by Students and Staff for Research
- Including Copyright Material in a Higher Degree Thesis
- Copyright Do’s and Don’ts Brochure for Students
- Copyright Do’s and Don’ts Brochure for Staff
- For a “Sample letter requesting permission to reproduce material in a thesis” see the Guidelines for thesis production & submission section on the Student policies and procedures page.
- Copyright Policy and Procedures (Note: If you wish to report a breach of Copyright please contact the University’s Copyright and Compliance Officer.)
- Information on acceptable use of ICT for students via the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Manual.
Curtin University logo usage
Higher degree by research students and staff wishing to use the Curtin University logo on documentation such as a research participant information sheet, consent form, or questionnaire are able to do so but must contact University Marketing via the online contact form to request a logo and to provide details relating to its intended use.
English language assistance
- English Language Bridging program
- UniEnglish website – designed to help students whose first language is not English
- English Support at Curtin (within UniEnglish website)
- Essential Facilities for Higher Degree by Research Students [.pdf – 176 kB]
- HDR Student Consumables Allowance – Guidelines [.pdf – 130 kB]
Note: Guidelines are for students who achieve candidacy on or after 1 July 2015.
- HDR Student Consumables Allowance – Reimbursable Items List [.pdf – 79 kB]
Students who achieve candidacy before 1 July 2015 should refer to the Essential facilities section in Student Forms for the Consumables and Fieldwork Expense Application for Higher Degree by Research Students.
- Fees @ Curtin website
- Fees Information for International Higher Degree by Research Students [.pdf – 185 kB]
- Fee FAQs for International Higher Degree by Research Students (on Fees @ Curtin website)
- Information on how students can view fee information via eStudent in OASIS
- Information for Sponsored Students via International Office and Fees @ Curtin websites
Field of Research (FOR) codes
These 6-digit codes (not ending in “00”) are used by the University to report each year to the Department of Education and Training (DET) on the fields that Doctoral and Masters students are researching.
The Field of Research (FOR) codes have replaced the Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines classification (RFCD) codes.
- Field of Research Codes (via Australian Bureau of Statistics Website)
- Information about the Fields of Research (via Australian Bureau of Statistics Website)
- (Previously used RFCD Codes (via Australian Bureau of Statistics Website))
OASIS (Online Access to Student Information Services) is Curtin’s student portal. Through OASIS, students have access to their student record (via eStudent), the Official Communications Channel (OCC), and a range of other online services including a student email account and learning support systems such as WebCT and Blackboard. Information relating to Library services, general news and the Student Guild is also available. General functionality of the main functions of the portal is outlined below.
- OASIS: Link to OASIS website
- eStudent: This is how a student accesses their student record online. Students can view and update personal details, access their study plan, enrolment details and results, and print off an Academic eRecord or Enrolment eAdvice. eStudent also has information on student fees (account balance). eStudent is accessible from the “My Studies” tab.
- OCC: It is a condition of enrolment at Curtin that students activate their OASIS account and access OASIS at least once a week to read official communications from the University sent via the OCC. OCC messages are posted under the Welcome tab.
- Email: A student’s email account can be accessed via the “Welcome” tab.
- University’s information for Students on Plagiarism via the Academic Integrity website
- University’s information for Staff on Plagiarism via the Academic Integrity website
- Plagiarism policy
Turnitin – an electronic text matching system that can be used by students and staff which compares text in a student assignment against electronic text on the Internet, in published works, on commercial databases, and in assignments previously submitted to Turnitin by students in universities all over the world, including assignments obtained from ‘paper mills’ (Internet sites which sell student papers).
- Information for Students on use of Turnitin
- Information for Staff on use of Turnitin
- External Turnitin Website
- Rule No. 10 Pursuant to Statute 12 – Enrolment: Degree of Doctor by Research
- Rule No. 11 Pursuant to Statute 12 – Enrolment: Degree of Master by Research
- Rule No. 13 Pursuant to Statute 12 – Enrolment: Higher Doctoral Degrees
Termination of enrolment
- Guidelines for the Process of Termination of Enrolment of Higher Degree by Research Students [.pdf – 77 kB]
- Preparing and Presenting a Research Thesis for Examination [.pdf – 142 kB]
- Guidelines for Thesis by Publication [.pdf – 64 kB]
- Guidelines for Creative Production Theses [.pdf – 114 kB]
- Including Copyright Material in a Higher Degree Thesis
- Sample letter requesting permission to reproduce material in a thesis [.pdf – 68 kB]
- Submission of Thesis for Examination [.pdf – 96 kB]
- Guidelines for the Submission of Digital Theses of Higher Degree by Research Students [.pdf – 157 kB]
During the course of your enrolment, you may have reason to travel directly related to your thesis research. Travel you undertake may be for data collection or fieldwork purposes, or if you attend a conference. (Details relating to funding to support Consumables and Fieldwork, and Conference Travel for Doctoral students are found in the documents outlining Essential Facilities. For further information about fieldwork, visit the Fieldwork Education @ Curtin website).
Prior to arranging any travel, it is vital to consult the Student Travel website to ensure you follow the correct procedures for a safe and productive trip. All student travel, regardless of the source of funding, needs to be approved via the Student Travel Approval form before departure to ensure your trip is registered for insurance purposes. For further information on insurance and to view the coverage of Curtin’s travel insurance policy you should consult the Risk Management website.
Submit your completed Student Travel Approval form to the relevant Travel Facilitator who will ensure the correct booking procedures are followed. All travel funded in part or total by Curtin University must be booked through Campus Travel.
International Onshore students: please note that your OSHC medical insurance does not cover you when you are on fieldwork, attending conferences or other approved university business outside Australia so you must also obtain approval for travelling overseas as detailed above. Additionally, if you are leaving Australia for fieldwork or data collection, you are required to complete the Offshore Fieldwork and Data Collection form. You can obtain this form from the Student Service Centre in person at Building 101 or you can request it via email. You must return your completed form, signed by your Supervisor, to the Student Service Centre before your departure.
Insurance related to the following areas is offered through Curtin.
- Corporate travel
Travel insurance covers staff for domestic and international travel and students for international travel on authorised University business. Some details have been provided in the Travel section, but for additional travel information view the Travel section of the Risk Management website.
- Liability insurance
This cover protects Curtin, including its staff and students, against damages and legal costs incurred as the result of negligence which creates a legal liability to third parties for bodily injury or death and/or loss of damage to property arising from University activities. Third parties can be inter alia, any individual including students (but excluding staff members in the course of their employment) or corporations or entities of every description.
- Medical treatment liability
The medical treatment liability insurance cover is for activities in any health-related field involving third parties i.e. patients receiving treatment or on whom treatment is being demonstrated.
- Personal accident
This is offered to protect the University and its students and voluntary workers whilst involved in authorised activities. This may include fieldwork undertaken as part of a higher degree by research program. For further information about fieldwork, visit the Fieldwork Education @ Curtin website.
- Property insurance
All University property or property which the University is responsible for is covered by this arrangement which provides for physical loss and destruction or damage, except in circumstances specifically excluded under the cover.