What is academic integrity?

"Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning, teaching and research. "

In practical terms, it means developing, and submitting for assessment, your own academic work.

Follow these four steps to ensure the academic integrity of your work:

Step 1: Know the rules

Complete these short online courses to learn about academic integrity and what’s expected of you at RMIT.

Academic Integrity Awareness digital credential

Find out how to reference sources and the difference between cooperation and collusion.  

Introduction to academic integrity

A quick tutorial that gives you an overview of academic integrity and links to other resources. 

Step 2: Create original work

Avoid accidental plagiarism by referencing all work that isn’t your own.

You must reference the following types of information:

  • thoughts, ideas, definitions or theories
  • research and other studies
  • statistics
  • information from the Internet, including images and media
  • designs or works of art
  • facts that are not common knowledge

Turnitin

You’ll use Turnitin when you submit your assessments. Turnitin is an online tool in Canvas that checks your assignments to ensure they're your own work, and that you've acknowledged the work and ideas from other sources. Find out more.

Step 3: Get study support

It takes time to learn how to reference correctly and prepare assessments. The good news is, there's help available. 
If you're in Vietnam, go to the students support webpages for more help. 

Step 4: Ask if you're not sure

If you don't understand something in class or about an assessment, talk to your teacher or lecturer as soon as possible. If you need other help, you can contact one of our support services, RUSU or the student conduct team. 

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.

Go to student support

RMIT Student Union (RUSU)

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

Contact RUSU

Student conduct

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

e: student.conduct@rmit.edu.au
tel: +61 3 9925 8965
If you're in Vietnam, please contact: studentconduct@rmit.edu.vn

More information

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
  • uploading your assessment questions to websites to get answers (whether paid or unpaid)
  • downloading assessments or parts of assessments from websites that you then submit as your own work (whether paid or unpaid)

Penalties

Academic integrity ensures that our qualifications are valued and can be trusted. That’s why it’s taken so seriously by RMIT, as well as by the wider tertiary sector and employers. The penalties for breaching academic integrity include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and expulsion resulting in the cancellation of your program.

Contract cheating services

Commercial cheating services are targeting students at RMIT. These services offer to provide answers or complete an assessment for money. If you use these services, it's called contract cheating. These services may keep a student’s personal details to harass them and ask for more money. If you have any concerns or questions about this, please write to student.conduct@rmit.edu.au.

Tips

  • Keep track of your sources as you prepare your assessment.
  • Keep your work secure at all times.
  • Remember that recycling your own work can be plagiarism.