The Sydney Morning Herald reports (emphasis mine):
In late 2002 a casual lecturer employed by the University of Newcastle to teach at its affiliated school in Malaysia, Institut WIRA, gave zero marks to 15 students in a class of 50, citing “deliberate, serious plagiarism”.
The lecturer, Ian Firns, found that several students had copied large sections of their essays from a paper available on the internet without acknowledging the source. In the comments he wrote on the papers before handing them to the business school, Mr Firns spelt out the web address.
However, the ICAC Commissioner, Peter Hall, SC, heard yesterday that Mr Firns’s discoveries were ignored. All the essays passed—with grades up to 84 per cent—when marked again, after Mr Firns’s comments and the web address had been hidden with white correction fluid.
Paul Ryder, then the dean of business and the head of the Newcastle Graduate School of Business, told the inquiry yesterday that in ordering the remarking he acted on the advice of his deputy, Robert Rugimbana.
Dr Rugimbana had told his administrative staff to white-out Mr Firns’s comments. He told the commission he decided “there was no prima facie case evidence” of plagiarism, though he did not look at the website Mr Firns cited.
Asked by Ms Ronalds why he had did not check the web address, Dr Rugimbana said no academic would consider a web address as evidence of plagiarism. He likened Mr Firns’s explicit directions to someone saying “There’s the library”.
I don’t think that they were actually corrupt but it is disheartening that people this grossly incompetent got into positions of authority at my alma mater. I should just send my B Math back to Newcastle.
Discussion on this affair last year (including a acomment from Firn) at Troppo is here.