The University of Sydney has been accused of encouraging unethical behaviour by issuing students an assignment to plant fake articles in the University of NSW's student newspaper Tharunka.

The group assignment -- titled "Prank Tharunka" -- was given to undergraduate students in the Media Politics subject, run by the Department of Government and International Relations. The assignment requires students to "design and execute a false story that you attempt to get published in the UNSW student newspaper" and is worth 25% of their final grade.