Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning, teaching and research. It means referencing the work of others while developing your own insights, knowledge and ideas. 

RMIT’s approach to the use of Turnitin is one of promoting academic integrity in an educative context. This is achieved by using Originality Check in conjunction with supporting practices and attitudes, such as correct referencing and citation styles, copyright management, and information literacy. This approach is supported by the University’s Guidelines for using Turnitin (it can be built into Canvas assessments) 

Please ensure you and your students are fully aware of the policy and process. 


Academic integrity ensures that our qualifications are valued and can be trusted. Academic misconduct is therefore taken very seriously by RMIT, as well as by the wider tertiary sector and employers. The penalties for breaching academic integrity are severe – they include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your program. 


When plagiarism is detected, you must notify your Course Coordinator who will contact the Head of School. Staff should not in any circumstances discuss plagiarism with students whose work is under investigation. Results for such work should be withheld without comment. It is a serious and important issue. Please take the time to understand your responsibilities. Discuss this with the Course Coordinator if you need further information.