Academic integrity

There are rules in place to support students, educators and researchers uphold the academic integrity of RMIT.

Understanding academic integrity

Academic integrity is ‘the expectation that teachers, students, researchers and all members of the academic community act with: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.’ 

In practical terms, it means developing, and submitting for assessment, your own academic work. Breaches of academic integrity include plagiarism, collusion, and contract cheating, which can attract serious consequences.

To be confident of maintaining your academic integrity, read each of the below four sections carefully and complete the recommended activities.

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Resources and study support

Academic Integrity Awareness credential

We encourage all RMIT students to complete the Academic Integrity Awareness digital credential.

This is the best way to understand what academic integrity is, how to maintain it, your responsibilities, and how to protect yourself from accidental breaches.

From January 2023, all higher education students are required to complete the digital credential when starting their studies at RMIT University.

Already completed the credential?

To refresh your understanding of academic integrity, you can take the Acting with Academic Integrity online tutorial

RMIT Training student? You can also test your knowledge with this Academic Misconduct quiz

Popular study support resources

Our study support resources can help with academic integrity, assignment writing and lots more. They include:

RMIT Vietnam students: Go to the Library study support and Student Academic Success pages for study support and resources. 

RMIT Training students: For help improving your study skills, ask the Academic Support team via

TEQSA academic integrity resources

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. TEQSA has developed the following resources for use by students, academics and teachers to promote understanding of academic integrity.

Policies, rules and responsibilities

RMIT’s Academic Integrity Policy outlines the behaviours required in an academic community: acting with honesty, fairness, respect and responsibility. 

Academic misconduct and consequences

There may be serious consequences for breaches of academic integrity, including the cancellation of results, suspension or expulsion. 


Breaches of academic integrity include:

  • Plagiarism (presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own).
  • Significant failure to appropriately and accurately acknowledge the work of others, which includes the use of Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
  • Failure to appropriately and accurately acknowledge one’s own work where original work has been reused from previous assessment tasks (also known as self-plagiarism).
  • ‘Washing’, or the use of software services to disguise plagiarism.
  • Submitting the work of another person or from an online study platform as one’s own, or undertaking an assessment task for another person (contract cheating or ghostwriting). 
  • Collusion or unauthorised collaboration in the preparation or presentation of work.
  • Falsification, fabrication, manipulation or misrepresentation of data or results.
  • Attempting to gain unfair advantage in an invigilated assessment, breaching the rules for the conduct of invigilated assessment in a manner that defeats or compromises the purposes of the task.
  • Behaviour that violates assessment instructions thereby defeating or compromising the purpose of the assessment.
  • Unauthorised sharing of course materials and previously submitted assessment items including via online study platforms.
  • Misuse or unauthorised use of technology or equipment.

To find out more about these breaches and what they mean, complete the Academic Integrity Awareness digital credential.


RMIT policies

The following University policies provide more information about academic integrity and conduct, including official definitions and your student responsibilities.

Real stories of plagiarism, collusion and contract cheating

These are real stories of RMIT students who were penalised for plagiarism, collusion and contract cheating. Their stories are anonymous, read by former or current student volunteers. 

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Real Stories of Plagiarism

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Real Stories of Collusion

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Real Stories of Contract Cheating

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and academic integrity

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools are likely to be an integral part of future life and work. RMIT is committed to preparing our students to know how to engage and work appropriately with AI. 

You may be guided by your educators to use AI tools in your learning, so that you can better understand possibilities and limitations and how they may be used ethically and appropriately in your future work.  

The use of AI tools in your studies will be guided by your program and course requirements. Inappropriate use of AI in your learning and assessment could result in a breach of academic integrity. It’s always best to check with your Program Manager or Program/Course Coordinators for more information.

RMIT may use tools to detect the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in assessments where AI tools are not permitted.

When is it okay to use AI tools in my studies?

  1. You are permitted to use AI tools like Val (RMIT's GenAI Chatbot), ChatGPT, Midjourney and GrammarlyGO as a study aid to supplement your learning. For example, you may ask questions of an AI tool to help clarify your reading interpretation or to help confirm your understanding of a topic, noting however that AI responses can be out of date, biased, not always correct, or not to be relied upon.
  2. AI may or may not be permitted in coursework or assessments, depending on your course requirements. Check the information in the course guides and assessment task instructions to understand how AI tools can be used. If you’re unsure or if it’s not specified, ask your Program or Course Coordinator.
  3. Any ideas or outputs generated by AI must be referenced accurately in your academic work, otherwise it is considered plagiarism. This means you must use citations crediting the tool/s where appropriate, as well as including it in your reference list – just like you would any other resource. See the Library's AI referencing guide for specific AI referencing information.
  4. You should always think critically about any content provided to you, whether from an AI tool or other sources. It’s important to remember that you should always verify the content provided by AI tools. You are advised to conduct further research beyond simply asking questions of an AI tool, generating computer code, or creating images and consult with your course materials, library resources, or educator if you don't understand something or require further assistance.


How not to use AI

Using AI in the following ways is a breach of Academic Integrity Policy and may have serious consequences:

  • To complete or contribute to an assessment task when it has not been specifically allowed.
  • To produce ideas that you don't reference and try to pass off as your own.

To help prove the authenticity and originality of your work, you should keep all draft versions of your work to show how your assessments were developed. These can be requested at any time during your program. 

We want to support you to use AI tools legitimately and in a way that maintains your integrity and that of our academic community. If you have questions or if you are ever unsure, please speak with your Program or Course Coordinator. 

How to reference content generated by AI tools

RMIT Library has developed a guide to show you how to reference content generated by AI tools.

Contract cheating services

Contract cheating refers to the use of outsourced materials (ie assessments obtained from online sources, peers or ‘tutors’) submitted by students as their own work. The person submitting the work is being dishonest by representing it as their own. 

Commercial cheating services, which are now illegal in Australia, target RMIT students on and around campus, and online.

These services offer to provide answers or complete an assessment for you, sometimes asking for payment. If you use these services, it’s considered contract cheating and is a breach of the Academic Integrity Policy. There have also been examples of contract cheating services blackmailing Australian students.

For more information, please see the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) information on identifying, avoiding and reporting illegal cheating services.

If you have any concerns or questions about contract cheating, please email

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Val GenAI Chatbot

Val is an RMIT supported, secure and free-to-use generative artificial intelligence tool that functions just like ChatGPT. Learn how to responsibly use Val to help with your study and learning.


Support services

Our support services are here to help you achieve your study and personal goals. If you're feeling stressed about study, we can help.

RMIT Student Union (RUSU)

RUSU offers free and confidential support for students who have been charged with academic misconduct.

Student conduct

If you'd like to talk to someone about academic integrity or misconduct, contact the Student Conduct Secretariat for a confidential discussion.


Phone: +61 3 9925 8965

If you're an RMIT Vietnam student, contact:

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.