Academic Integrity

Academic integrity underpins all aspects of the academic enterprise, including teaching, learning and scholarship.

At UniSA, Academic integrity is a commitment to act with honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, respect, and responsibility in all academic work. Academic integrity is the foundation of university life and is fundamental to the reputation of the University and its staff and students.

UniSA is committed to fostering and preserving a culture of academic integrity in its teaching and scholarship and through developing academic integrity as part of students' learning.

At UniSA, our approach to academic integrity is governed by our Academic Integrity Policy and associated Academic Integrity Procedure. The policy contains the principles underpinning academic integrity at UniSA and the associated procedure outlines staff and student responsibilities and the procedures to be followed in cases of suspected or determined academic misconduct.

Online Tools

To assist UniSA's academic staff to identify where text-based assessments match other text, the TIU provides access to online tools that will help academics and students understand academic integrity. The tools we use at UniSA include Turnitin and iThenticate.  Turnitin is available for use in all courses in programs including coursework.  iThenticate is used for text-matching in higher degree research (HDR) programs.

Academic Integrity priority areas

To achieve a systemic, consistent, and contemporary approach to the promotion and management of academic integrity at UniSA, the TIU works across four priority areas:


A collaborative approach to support students and staff (including Academic Integrity Officers) to understand and practice academic integrity.

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Establishing a positive culture around academic integrity is essential to improve staff and student knowledge and trust in academic integrity practices at UniSA.

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Management of academic integrity across the University requires clear and consistent policies and procedures.

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Leveraging technology to improve consistency in reporting, visibility of trends, and therefore compliance underpins this priority area.

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Academic Integrity Officers

Each UniSA unit has at least one Academic Integrity Officer (AIO) that oversees each case of suspected academic misconduct.

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Learning modules for Academic Integrity

Staff and students at UniSA have access to a variety of academic integrity learning resources, including the Academic Integrity Modules developed by SEU.


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The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has developed a number of useful resources for staff and students around understanding academic integrity, including how to identify, avoid and report illegal cheating services.

These resources are for both staff and students and provide advise on education, detection and management of academic misconduct.