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Academic integrity in group work


It is important to be conscious of academic integrity while working in a group. While breaches of academic integrity may be intentional or unintentional, the consequences can be extremely serious.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when working in a group.


Group accountability

Each team member is responsible for the work produced by the group. If one member plagiarises or compromises the academic integrity of the project in any way, there may be consequences for each of the group’s members. One way to avoid this, is to have team members revise each other’s work, paying close attention to their references and citations.

Do not accept outside help

The ideas and data expressed in your group’s work should only come from the members of the group. Allowing someone who is not in your group to contribute to your work could be viewed as breach of the academic integrity standards of your university.


Always refer to the assignment brief

Group work can take a number of different forms, so reading the assignment brief carefully and seeking clarification from your teacher where there is any doubt is essential to avoid unintentional breaches of academic integrity. Where work is to be submitted in sections by students, ensure that you never take credit for the work done by another member of your group, as this is considered plagiarism.


If in doubt, contact an Academic Skills Advisor

RMIT has a great network of support available to you should you have any questions. Arrange to speak to an Academic Skills Advisor to clear up any doubts that you may have.

For more information, visit Introduction to academic integrity.