Shortcuts and Misconduct: What this means for you

You may have heard of ghost-writing or maybe you’ve even been approached by a ghost-writing service.

It’s a tempting, time saving cheat that’s in no way a new phenomenon but it’s also a serious form of Academic Misconduct and isn’t something we take lightly.

It’s all on you

As a university student you’re developing your expertise to prepare yourself for corporate challenges and concrete jungles – do you see where I’m going here?


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Is it really worth it?

The short answer (and only answer) is no, it’s not.


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Allowing someone to write on behalf of you may save a little time but along the way it seriously undermines your personal growth and creative integrity – and not to mention the penalties you’ll face once you’re caught.

A little perspective

Tenille Da Rin Perette, CQUni student and Chair of the Student Representative Council has spent some time researching the ghost-writing phenomenon.

She has some great insights on her views against ghost-writing that we’d like to share.

Tenille says, “The excuses of poor time management skills, being unable to balance work and study, or just poor research and writing skills, do not measure up to justify what a student is doing by choosing ghost-writing and cheating. To anyone considering cheating – stop the apathy and get passionate about your own career development. You should be using assessment writing as an opportunity to improve these skills because you’re certainly going to need them later.

Thanks Tenille! Great advice.


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Academic support is available

Throughout your study journey, finding a healthy balance between your uni and personal life can become tricky, and an easier alternative may seem like the only way to push through it.

Don’t lose focus – remember, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) and GOAL have some great self-help resources available to help with essay and assignment writing to help you get unstuck.

CQUniversity has strict rules about cheating and plagiarism. To find out more, visit the Academic Misconduct Procedure at

Aleysha Morgan (

As a graduated VET student, former CQUni degree student and an experienced CQUni Student Adviser, I understand the common pain points faced with study. As a current Student Communications team member, I’m excited to be here to provide my tips and tricks on #CQUniLife.

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