What is Academic Integrity?
The University and wider academic community is built on shared values and norms of behaviour, including honesty, fairness and responsibility. Academic integrity means putting those values into practice by being honest in the academic work you do at university, being fair to others, and taking responsibility for learning, and following the conventions of scholarship. It is the University's responsibility to award credit for honestly conducted work, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you demonstrate academic integrity.
You can demonstrate academic integrity by:
- using information appropriately, according to copyright and privacy laws
- acknowledging where the information you use comes from
- not presenting other people's work as your own
- conducting research ethically, in line with the University's regulations
- reporting truthfully on your research
- acting in an ethical manner in all your academic endeavours
Types of academic misconduct include plagiarism (copying other people’s work without proper acknowledgement), collusion (working together on an individual assessment task), and cheating. Visit Achieve@uni for more detailed information about academic misconduct and how to avoid it.
The Academic Integrity Module is compulsory for all La Trobe students. It is designed to help you to understand why academic integrity is important and how to avoid academic misconduct.
The right ways to reference your sources.
What to do if you’re called to the College Academic Misconduct Committee (CAMC).
There are serious penalties for Academic Misconduct.
Some resources to help discuss Academic Integrity in class.
Information and resources about academic integrity for higher degree by research students (PhD and Masters by Research).