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The University's approach to academic honesty

The University is committed to promoting and upholding the academic credibility and standard of its awards. Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental principles of the University as an institution devoted to the pursuit of excellence in learning, teaching, research and service, and to respecting the value and dignity of each person. (see Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy , Section 4)

Key policy documents

The d sets out the University’s principles and commitment to academic integrity and provides frameworks for both the promotion of academic integrity among students and staff and for dealing with instances of alleged academic misconduct.

The Promotion of Academic Integrity Procedures outline the institutional commitment and general quality assurance relating to academic integrity. The roles of staff and students relating to both the prevention and detection of academic misconduct are also outlined.

The Academic Misconduct Procedures outline the responsibilities of ACU officers for dealing with matters of academic misconduct, procedural fairness, communication protocol and so on.

Strategies to promote academic integrity

While the detection of, and dealings with, academic misconduct are necessary to maintain the overall quality of learning and teaching, ACU is committed to the promotion of academic integrity and the prevention of academic misconduct through the education of students and the professional development of staff.

Strategies to improve academic integrity include:

  • Design curriculum to prevent plagiarism.
  • Model good practice (for example, acknowledge sources fully and accurately in unit resources).
  • Clarify what's required of students in assessments.
  • Clarify expectations and define acceptable academic writing.
  • Design assessment activities that require independent input.
  • Use Turnitin Assignment in LEO for checking for plagiarism in written assessments.


Turnitin is a text matching tool which compares a student's electronically submitted papers against the Turnitin database. Turnitin is accessed via the Turnitin Assignment activity in LEO.

Staff Turnitin guides

Dealing with academic misconduct

The following resources are available for handling issues of academic honesty:

Academic misconduct procedures flowchart

Guide to determining the seriousness of academic misconduct

Guide to determining academic misconduct penalties

Academic Integrity Letter Templates from the Academic integrity and misconduct - policy and procedures

iThenticate and author resources

These resources allow you to check your own content and resources for the unit, and also your research work for publication. Contact your Faculty eLearning Coordinator to organise your access to iThenticate.

Staff iThenticate guides

For your students

Academic referencing (Office of Student Success)

Turnitin guides for students

Suggested reading (external links)

Plagiarismadvice.org (from the UK)

PlagiarismToday - tracking content theft

Page last updated on 02/07/2020

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