It is important that students understand plagiarism and its potentially very serious consequences.
The Assessment Regulations define plagiarism as ‘the act of copying or including in one’s work, without adequate acknowledgement, intentionally or unintentionally, the work of another.’ It is academically fraudulent and an offence against University discipline. Plagiarism, at whatever stage of a student’s course, whether discovered before or after graduation, will be investigated and dealt with appropriately by the University.
Students must be given every opportunity to understand what does and does not constitute plagiarism and to be made aware of the potentially very serious consequences of plagiarism.
It is the Director’s responsibility to ensure that details and guidance on plagiarism is available to the students when they first arrive at induction and through the Programme Handbook.
Where the School’s policy is to utilise Plagiarism Detection software such as TurnItIn for assessment, it is important that students are made aware of this at the beginning of the programme.
The University libraries have excellent guidance on the avoidance of plagiarism and student should be directed to these pages.
There are also guidance documents that can be incorporated into induction material or on WebCT pages.
This article was published on May 9, 2013