Academic Integrity at RMIT

Academic Integrity is a cornerstone of our learning community.

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity concerns honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. It is an intrinsic feature of academic life for both staff and students, and fundamental to the whole construct of academic thought and established scholarly practice.

Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning, teaching and research. It is important for students, teachers, researchers and all staff to act in an honest way, be responsible for their actions, and show fairness in every part of their work. Staff should be role models to students. Academic integrity is important for an individual’s and a school’s reputation.

Exemplary Academic Integrity Project (EAIP): Embedding and extending exemplary academic integrity policy and support frameworks across the higher education sector (2013), Plain English definition of Academic Integrity, Office for Learning and Teaching Strategic Commissioned Project 2012-2013, http: www.unisa.edu.au/EAIP.

Why is academic integrity important?

Honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage are the principles of academic integrity. These values are integral to academic thought, and ethical, professional practice.

The role of a University in contributing to a functional and meaningful society is built upon the core value of academic integrity. If academic integrity is not upheld by all members of the University community, the value of academic awards and scholarship would diminish to the point at which they held no value.

Understanding and respecting the values of academic integrity within the learning environment of a University reinforces personal and professional integrity, with the extended benefits to the maintenance of a civil society.

The wide availability of digital information sources is changing the means by which new knowledge is generated by students and staff. In such times, reinforcing the values of academic integrity is particularly important.

The University’s approach

RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. To ensure its continued development and excellence, it provides processes that support the promotion of academic integrity.

The University believes in an educative approach to developing academic integrity in its community. It encourages and expects students to develop scholarly skills and behaviours throughout their program of study.

Students need information and advice to induct them into a culture of high academic standards. They need to be introduced to the University’s expectations through information and learning activities in entry level courses. As students progress through their program of study, they will develop and demonstrate an increasing understanding of the principles of academic integrity and their application in academic and professional practice.