Academic Integrity

The University's approach to academic honesty

"Australian Catholic University, through its Mission and all  its activities, is committed to principles of ethical behaviour and integrity  among its staff and students, and these principles underpin all aspects of  learning and teaching, research and service". (see Framework  for Academic Integrity )

Professor Margot Hillel OAM, Chair of Academic Board, outlines the importance of academic honesty (video resource)

teacher and two students

Key policy documents

The Framework for academic integrity spells out the responsibilities of faculties, school, staff and students in maintaining and improving academic integrity, and the commitment of ACU to promote academic honesty as one of its core values.

Academic honesty policy

Procedures for dealing with alleged breaches of academic honesty

Strategies to promote academic integrity

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

Handling possible breaches of academic honesty

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

Guide for handling course work students' breaches of academic honesty


Templates for notetaking and correspondence - Use these templates as the basis for your school/faculty correspondence.

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

Leap into Learning

Academic referencing (Office of Student Success)

Turnitin guides for students

Suggested reading (external links) (from the UK)

PlagiarismToday - tracking content theft