Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a quality associated with high standards of scholarship and is a responsibility of both staff and students.

Academic staff should provide examples of good practice in academic integrity by acknowledging appropriately the works, designs, ideas and words of others in their teaching and research. Providing appropriate examples of assessment work that display good practice in using citations, references and acknowledgements and providing opportunities for students to practise their use will assist in developing academic skills and in reducing the instances of plagiarism.

The University is committed to assisting staff and students in maintaining high standards of academic integrity by implementing highly visible procedures associated with educational opportunities and detection. Staff can also assist by employing approaches to assessment that minimise the possibility for students to submit plagiarised material.



TurnitIn  is a web-based tool which provides an online plagiarism prevention service for both educators and learners. 

Digital versions of papers submitted to the Turnitin web site are compared against:

  • billions of documents online
  • TurnitIn's local databases of submitted student papers

Matching text is detailed in an Originality Report which includes direct source comparison.

Originality Reports provide a summary of the matching text found in a submitted paper. The colour of the report icon (blue, green, orange, yellow, red) indicates the overall similarity index of the paper, based on how much matching text TurnitIn finds.

Originality Reports are tools to help users find sources that contain similar text to submitted papers. The decision on whether or not the work is plagiarised still needs to be made by the educator, and only after careful examination of both the submitted paper and the sources identified to distinguish between those that are appropriately cited and referenced and those that are not.

Staff can use TurnitIn through MyUni to submit papers for checking. 

Students can submit papers, either as a course requirement or for personal checking. Instructors will need to set up a TurnitIn assignment for students to gain access to the tool.