Academic integrity in exams

There are strict rules about conduct in exams.  You must:

  • switch off your phone and place it under your desk
  • not have any electronic devices that aren't allowed in the exam, including smart watches
  • not have or try to use notes, including notes written on your body
  • not have or try to use dictionaries or equipment not allowed for your exam
  • not do the exam for someone else or you let someone else do the exam for you
  • not get or try to get answers from another person
  • not disturb other students or do not follow the instructions of a staff member.

Penalties for exams misconduct

A first incident can result in a 0% exam mark or a 0% NN grade for the course. Subsequent incidents can result in suspension or expulsion from RMIT.

RMIT Exams Student Guidelines

The Guidelines outline your responsibilities during exams, including conditions of entry, rules of conduct and emergency procedures.

RMIT students and staff have a shared responsibility to maintain the integrity of RMIT assessment through adherence to these Guidelines and associated policies and processes.

Items you must bring to your exam

  • Your student card. If you don’t have a card, it’s easy to get a new one - find out how.
  • Stationery - pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners.

Items that are permitted in the venue

  • Non-carbonated water in a clear plastic bottle.
  • Valuables such as wallets, purses, keys and digital devices (switched off). Place all valuables under your desk (not in your pocket).
  • Exam materials, e.g. calculators, dictionaries, when specifically permitted (these are not available at the exam venue).
  • Revision notes and textbooks (these must be placed under your desk).
  • Open book and limited text materials when specifically permitted, as advised by your lecturer.

Small items can be placed in a clear plastic bag. Note: Plastic bags are no longer available at exam venues.

Items not permitted under any circumstances

  • Bags, handbags, laptop bags and backpacks (See 'Bag drop' section below).
  • Hot drinks.
  • Carbonated water or soft drinks.
  • Food of any kind.
  • Opaque water bottles.
  • Scissors.
  • Metal cutlery.

Bag drop 

Bags are not permitted in the exam venue.

For exams at the Melbourne Showgrounds, this means that you’ll need to leave your bag in the Bag Drop Area located in Building 4. Bags will be subject to inspection as you enter Building 4.

For deferred and further deferred exams, this means that you’ll need to leave your bag in the designated Bag Drop Area. Bags will be subject to inspection as you enter.

Valuables such as your keys, wallets, purses and mobile phones are allowed in the venue, but must be placed under your desk. These items can be contained in a clear plastic bag.  Note that all mobile phones and smart devices must be switched off.

We recommend that you only bring the permitted materials with you to the exam venue. RMIT is unable to accept responsibility for any loss or damage of items left in the bag drop area.

If you have any concerns due to mobility or vision please contact the Exams team at  

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