Academic Integrity: Plagiarism

Presenting Honest Academic Work


Supporting students in presenting honest academic work.


learning context

Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment where a person takes someone else’s work or ideas and passes them off as their own.

RMIT university defines academic integrity as the ‘honest presentation of your academic work. It means acknowledging the work of others while developing your own insights, knowledge and ideas.’ (RMIT University 2018 a para.1).


RMIT Policy

The following excerpt is from the RMIT Assessment and assessment flexibility policy (RMIT University 2018 b)


Students must acknowledge all the sources of information they have used in their assignments using the Harvard referencing style. Share the following Easy Cite link with your students: that they correctly reference quotes and paraphrasing and correctly cite information sources in their reference list.


Turnitin (  is part of RMIT’s online assignment submission process used within Canvas. Turnitin promotes academic integrity by checking that a students assignments are their own work.


  • RMIT University 2018 a: Academic integrity, August 2018, viewed September 5 2018 Link
  • RMIT University 2018 b: Assessment and assessment flexibility policy, August 2018, viewed September 5 2018 Link
  • RMIT University 2018 c: Turnitin, August 2018, viewed September 13 2018 Link

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