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Academic Integrity is an important skill for any learner to have. Ensure your study and assignment habits align with Endeavour's expectations by thoroughly reading through this page.

All Australian higher education students are expected to uphold academic integrity during their studies.

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity refers to demonstrating honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in academic matters.

What are ways you can breach academic integrity?

  • Plagiarism: The purposeful or accidental copying of material when completing an assessment.
  • Self-Plagiarism: Reusing whole or partial assignments you have already completed for other subjects.
  • Cheating: Hiding notes during a closed book exam.
  • Collusion: When more than one student contributes to an assessment which is set as an individual task.
  • Falsifying Data: Fabricating information or sources rather than conducting proper research.
  • Contract cheating: Outsourcing parts or the whole of an assessment to a human or non-human third party.

At Endeavour College, students are expected to uphold academic conduct by working with their academic supervisors and lecturers and acting on any feedback in earnest. Endeavour College of Natural Health encourages proactive academic integrity behaviours, and provides a student code of conduct to align expectations of student behaviour.

Your responsibilities as a student at Endeavour College:

As per the Academic Integrity Policy, you are expected to:

  • Seek assistance from appropriate sources where they are aware they require more knowledge of skills.
  • Only collaborate or work in a group where group work is specified in the assessment criteria.
  • Abide by the expectations of the college regarding academic writing and referencing.
  • Educate themselves on their rights and responsibilities to maintain academic integrity.
  • Retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
  • Complete the Academic Integrity Module and Online Exam Training Module.


What is plagiarism?

It is imperative that you acknowledge sources within your academic work. If you do not acknowledge the author of a source which you have used, it appears that you are presenting their ideas as your own. This is considered ‘plagiarism’. The Academic Integrity Policy – Higher Education defines plagiarism as presenting another person’s ideas, findings or work as one’s own, either intentionally or unintentionally, and without acknowledgement of the original source. Submission of plagiarised work is taken very seriously and will result in penalties that may lead to expulsion.


Endeavour College uses the automatic plagiarism detection package, Turnitin®. Currently used by many universities in Australia and internationally, Turnitin® is online web-based text-matching software that works to identify plagiarism. There is no minimum threshold for Turnitin® originality scores and all Turnitin® reports are expected to be reviewed by markers.

Turnitin and your Reference List

Upon uploading, a high-percentage Turnitin® score may be generated if you do not write the word References at the top of your reference list as a heading on a new page at the end of your assignment.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (n.d.) provides licenses and public domain tools that give every person and organisation in the world a free, simple, and standardised way to grant copyright permissions for creative and academic works; ensure proper attribution; and allow others to copy, distribute, and make use of those works. Some image databases such as Pixabay (n.d.) and Unsplash (n.d.) require no copyright attribution for use of their digital content.

The Creative Commons License types are:

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Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY) You are free to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, as long as credit is given to the original creator. Icon for CC BY License
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA) You are free to remix, tweak, and build upon the work, as long as credit is given and the new work is licensed under identical terms. Icon for CC BY-SA License
Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC) You can remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as credit is given. No license require for the new work. Icon for CC BY-NC License
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Attribution-NoDerivs 4.0 International License (CC BY-ND) Only allows others to download the work and share them, as long as they credit you. No changes allowed. Icon for CC BY-ND License
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND) You can redistribute, as long as the work is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to the original creator for non-commercial uses. Icon for CC BY-NC-ND License

What is copyright?

Copyright is the legal right of the creator to decide how their work is used and reproduced.

What is protected by copyright?

  • Literary works, such as both fiction and non-fiction written material, including tables and instruction manuals
  • Artistic works, like photographs and diagrams
  • Internet material, though printing material from the internet for personal use, or publishing a link to an internet site is fair use.

Copyright and Fair Use

Under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), you can copy for the purposes of research or study, provided your use is “fair”.

How much can I copy?

When copying an image from an electronic source (CD ROM, database, or internet) you need to check the licence or copyright statement. License agreements over-ride the copyright law; even if an image is free on the internet, you still should provide a detailed reference, including the (live) link. The reproductions of “reasonable portions” of copyright materials in educational institutions without permission from the copyright owner if the work is available to purchase are allowed, but you must follow guidelines to use the content lawfully. “Reasonable portions” constitutes:

  • 10% of the number of pages OR one chapter
  • One article from a journal, or more than one article it required for the same research or course of study
  • 10% of the number of words, if produced in electronic form.

See the College's Copyright Compliance Policy for further information.

Copyright and Endeavour College’s Property

As per the Student Code of Conduct and the Academic Integrity Policy, all content published under Endeavour College of Natural Health is under copyright by Endeavour College of Natural Health and must not be shared anywhere (online or otherwise) without prior written approval. Any breach of these conditions will result in a takedown notice administered by the National Librarian and may be subject to disciplinary review.

The protected content includes:

  • Lecture slides
  • LMS loop communication
  • Webinars and online class recodings
  • Subject outlines
  • Assessment outlines
  • Student assessments

Use and acknowledgement of sources

As the writer of an academic work, you will need to consult a range of sources to support your viewpoint and opinions, including books, articles, reports, and electronic resources. Utilising sources that discuss diverse perspectives and ideas about a topic will assist you in writing a well-informed paper. Lecture notes are not considered appropriate sources of research material for assessments. Consult the references in the lecture notes and slides to find the original source in the Library collection or via an online database.

Learn more about copyright and plagiarism