Academic integrity and plagiarism

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity is honesty in your work. It means developing your own original ideas, knowledge and creations while acknowledging other people for theirs.

What do I need to acknowledge?

Pretty much everything!

  • Written work
  • Images
  • Audio files
  • Performances
  • Designs
  • Content you found on the internet
  • Anything you have said, viewed, or heard publicly
  • Even your own previously submitted assessments

The only content you do not need to acknowledge is common knowledge.

How can I maintain academic integrity?

In your reading:

In your writing, including exams:

  • Write using your own voice. Understand what others have written, acknowledge it, and then write about it yourself. Paraphrase and use direct quotes
  • Learn to reference properly
  • Don't copy in exams and only bring in what you're allowed to

In your group work:

  • Know your role in the group, and the roles of others
  • Share ideas
  • Share useful resources, such as readings and other information sources
  • Start working on your own when it’s time to begin writing your answer


AUT students and staff talk about academic integrity


What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using other people's work without acknowledging those people. For more information on how plagiarism is dealt with at AUT, see the AUT Academic Calendar.

You might have to submit your assignments through Turnitin. This software checks for similarities between students’ written work and millions of other texts.

Last updated: 11-Jul-2017 11.13am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.