Fabricating Information

Fabrication involves students falsifying information that is used as evidence to support a claim. This is fraudulent behaviour and is serious academic misconduct.

Elise works in the Academic Support Office. She is calling the medical clinic to request verification that a student’s medical certificate is genuine.

  • How can I detect fabrication?

    The following are some of the issues that caused staff to question the validity of a medical certificate:

    • Incorrect spelling and poor grammar
    • The student is referred by two or more names
    • The medical clinic is not in Australia or is online
    • The date is not clear
    • The official stamp is missing
    • The clinic appears to not have a phone number
    • The medical professional’s registration number is missing
    • The font of the typing is inconsistent
    • The use of correction tape or white-out pens
  • What steps should I take?
    1. Do not attempt to investigate the authenticity of the documentation provided and do not accuse the student of engaging in misconduct.
    2. If you are a Tutor, advise the Senior Tutor or Subject Coordinator of your suspicions about the authenticity of the supplied documentation
    3. Collect evidence of the suspected misconduct. This should include copies of:
    • The supplied medical certificate; and
    • The student’s request for an extension.
    1. The Senior Tutor or Subject Coordinator should contact ABP Academic Service Office, with evidence, for advice on next steps.