Academic integrity resources
These are the relevant resources and publications from RMIT and beyond, collected here for your convenience.
RMIT policies and procedures
Please note: RMIT’s policies and procedures relating to assessment and academic integrity are under review.
- Assessment page lists policies, procedures and instructions related to student assessment, including academic integrity and plagiarism.
- Authorisation of assessment covers the declaration of authorship requirements for print and online assignment submissions.
- RMIT University Statute No.1
- RMIT Code of Conduct
- Student Conduct Regulations (Part 2, Division 2) maintain and protect the academic integrity at the University, regulate the conduct of students who are within the University premises, using University facilities and services or participating in University activities or assessment sessions, and facilitate the proper functioning of the University.
- Academic integrity and plagiarism procedure outlines student and staff responsibilities, and how to identify and manage incidences of plagiarism.
- Identification and management of plagiarism in coursework programs instruction provides guidance on managing and minimising plagiarism.
Consultations and workshops
The Curriculum Services staff from the Library and Student Success provide advice on the development of teaching resources.
- Guide to teaching - Assessment (Learning and Teaching)
- Assessment resources for RMIT staff (the Learning Lab)
- Assessment for Learning in Higher Education (e-book)
- Academic Integrity Standards Project (AISP): Aligning Policy and Practice in Australian Universities (2012)
- Methods for assessing group work (Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo)
See also RMIT policies and procedures section for relevant documents.
Referencing and academic writing skills
- Referencing and EndNote from the Library includes referencing examples for a range of styles used at RMIT and guide to downloading and using EndNote.
- Referencing tutorial (Learning Lab)
- Academic writing and study skills - the Study KnowHow workshop
- Understanding referencing: International student stories (Learning Lab)
Plagiarism and contract cheating
- Cheating in Academic Institutions: A Decade of Research
- Copy/Paste: The Joys of Plagiarism
- In their own words: a qualitative study of the reasons Australian university students plagiarize
- Exploring university students' perceptions of plagiarism: a focus group study
- Minimising Plagiarism (PDF, 375KB) - Assessing Learning in Australian Universities: Ideas, strategies and resources for quality in student assessment
- Preventing Plagiarism (OWL)
Turnitin is an online text-matching service and grading tool, integrated into Blackboard. It supports a fully online e-Submission and e-Grading process for assessments.
Turnitin Feedback Studio offers all the functionalities of Turnitin, but with a simplified, more intuitive and responsive interface.
Graphic design and artwork
- Good Practice Note: Addressing contract cheating to safeguard academic integrity (PDF) (TEQSA, October 2017)
- Contract cheating: a brief review of literature 2007-2015 (PDF 442KB)
- The Ghostwriting Business: Trade Standards, Practices, and Secrets (a former ghostwriter reveals all about the ghostwriting business).
- Ghostwriters guaranteeing grades? The quality of online ghostwriting services available to tertiary students in Australia
- History essay in the making (includes tips on how to prevent and catch contract cheating).
- Three ways to stop students using ghost writers (The Conversation)
- Contract Cheating and Assessment Design: Exploring the Connection (Exploring the potential of authentic, programmatic assessment to minimise contract cheating)
Contract cheating websites
These are just a few examples of the types of websites students can access to download, purchase or commission an assessment work.
Resources to use in your courses
Here are some materials that will help you raise awareness about academic integrity amongst your students.
Presentations and handouts
- Academic Integrity: An essential requirement in tertiary study (PPTX, 2.81 MB) - a PowerPoint presentation you can adapt for showing in the classroom.
- Academic Integrity quick guide for students (PDF, 249 KB, 1 page) - a handout or a poster for your classroom wall.
- Academic Integrity quick guide for staff [PDF, 207 KB, 1 page]
- What is referencing? (Library iSearch tutorial)
- What is referencing? (Learning Lab)
- What is paraphrasing? (Learning Lab)
- What is academic style? (Learning Lab)
- Planning and researching your assignment (Library YouTube video)
- EndNote Quick Start, An introduction to EndNote (Library YouTube video)
Infographics and posters
- Originality and Integrity Posters is where you can request free ‘Tagging 10 Types of Unoriginal Work’ posters from Turnitin.
- The Plagiarism Spectrum: Tagging 10 Types of Unoriginal Works infographic.
- Plagiarism report infographic from Turnitin lists some of the sources of unoriginal content found in student writing.
International Center for Academic Integrity has a list of quotes on academic integrity, which you could use to inspire your students.
RMIT Copyright Management Service provides copyright advice to staff and students.
Research integrity and ethics
Research integrity and governance provides information on how RMIT University supports you to carry out research with integrity, including our governance processes, research ethics requirements, and resources that are vital for your successful research outcomes.
Articles and external resources
- International Journal for Educational Integrity
- The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity (PDF 40 MB) from the International Center for Academic Integrity discusses honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage.
- [White Paper] Defining Plagiarism: The Plagiarism Spectrum from Turnitin documents types of plagiarism, their frequency, and severity.
- The Academic Integrity Standards Project includes case studies and examples of structuring assessments.
- Plagiarism.org is a free resource sponsored by iParadigms LLC, makers of Turnitin. It includes Plagiarism 101, Citing sources, Ask the experts and links to related resources.
- Academic integrity research articles on Taylor & Francis Online
- Academic integrity articles on The Conversation
- Taylor & Francis Online (Your search for Keyword: Academic Integrity)
- 9 in 10 Students Admit to Cheating in College, Suspect Faculty Do the Same (Campus Technology)
- Handbook of Academic Integrity, 2016, Bretag, T (Ed). [e-book]
- More readings at Academic Integrity @ RMIT University (Google+)