What is academic integrity?
Academic integrity is about honest presentation of your academic work. It means referencing the work of others while developing your own insights, knowledge and ideas.
Breaches of academic integrity include:
- plagiarism and failure to correctly acknowledge sources
- contract cheating or paying/getting another person to prepare an assignment
- submitting work prepared by another person
- copying other people’s work
- cheating in exams
- breaching the Research Code
- using unauthorised materials or devices
Academic integrity ensures that our qualifications are valued and can be trusted. Academic misconduct is therefore taken very seriously by RMIT, as well as by the wider tertiary sector and employers.
The penalties for breaching academic integrity are severe - they include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your program.
Students and staff talk academic integrity
Referencing and plagiarism
Watch more student videos:
- Video 1 - Nursing student Siphiwe Twala explains why referencing is so important, and how it’s emphasised differently in Australia.
- Video 2 - Education student Umbreen Ashraf discusses how, once the underlying principles of referencing are understood, the process is easy to learn.
*All videos have been extracted from the Academic Integrity Awareness cred.
How do I ensure my own academic integrity?
1. Reference your sources correctly
Avoid accidental plagiarism by referencing all work that isn’t your own.
How to reference correctly
You must reference the following types of information:
- thoughts, ideas, definitions or theories
- research and other studies
- information from the Internet, including images and media
- designs or works of art
- facts that are not common knowledge
Tip: Keep track of your sources. When photocopying or making notes from texts, record all bibliographic information.
2. Submit your assignment via Turnitin
Turnitin is an online tool that checks your assignments are your own work and that you've acknowledged the work and ideas used from other sources.
3. Keep your work secure
For example, don’t leave your assignments around for others to read, and take your USB out of public computers.
4. Use our resources and support services
If you’re stressed about study, or simply have a question about an assignment, there’s help available.
Study support is a good place to start for help with:
- academic referencing
- how to avoid plagiarism
- academic integrity awareness
- where to get help with your assessments
If you’ve been charged with academic misconduct, the RMIT Student Union (RUSU) offers free and confidential support.
If you'd like to talk to someone about a case of misconduct, contact the Student Conduct Secretariat by email at email@example.com or on tel. +61 3 9925 8965 for a confidential discussion.