What is Academic Integrity?

At Griffith University student academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning.  It is important for students to act in an honest way, be responsible for their actions, and show fairness in every part of their work.

The International Centre for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as "a commitment to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility", and the courage to uphold them "even in the face of adversity" (ICAI, 2014).

Academic Integrity Student Tutorial

The Academic Integrity Student Tutorial is an online tutorial to help you understand more about academic integrity and why it is important, the types of academic misconduct and the University’s policies.


It is important to acknowledge the author or creator of source materials.  Referencing is important to help the reader of your work understand the materials you have used to support your own ideas. More information about referencing and referencing styles is available on the Library website.


Jump into your study and access a range of resources to assist you in your studies.


Griffith University uses text-matching software to educate students about the process of academic writing and how to avoid plagiarism.

  • Your course may have a draft submission point so that you can submit and access an originality report to assist with revision prior to final submission.
  • The originality report can be used to teach students how to properly acknowledge sources as well as to highlight possible plagiarism issues.
  • The originality report and similarity index can also be used to assist academic staff in the detection of breaches of academic integrity.
  • Some students think that if the percentage of text-matching in a report is below a certain percentage figure that it is ok – this is not the case as each report is interpreted individually by academic staff.

TurnItIn provides electronic assessment submission, marking and return in conjunction with an online text-matching service.

Assignment and SafeAssign – Blackboard Assignment provides a submission service that will accept most file types, and multiple files. Blackboard Assignment handles individual and group assessment and can be used alongside SafeAssign.


If you have questions about academic integrity speak with your Course Convenor/Tutor, view the resources on your Learning@Griffith course site or visit the Library website.