Plagiarism

Plagiarism, Collusion and Fabrication

Definitions

1.17 (i) Plagiarism: It is an academic offence for students to plagiarise. Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of the work of others as the writer’s own.

(ii) Duplication: It is an academic offence for a student to re-use significant, identical, or nearly identical portion(s) of his or her own work where such work has been previously submitted for credit within the University or at another institution.

1.18 It is also an academic offence for a student to permit another student to copy his/her work submitted for assessment. Both parties will be dealt with in accordance with these procedures.

1.19 Collusion: It is an academic offence for two or more students to work together on an assignment that is meant to be done individually. It is expected that the work being assessed, unless specifically designated as a group assessment, shall be the work soley of the student submitting it.

1.20 Fabrication: It is an academic offence for a student to claim to have carried out experiments, interviews or any form of research which he/she has not in fact carried out, or where he/she invents or falsifies data, evidence or experimental results. It is also an academic offence for a student knowingly to make use of falsified data as described above.

Discovery of suspected plagiarism, fabrication or collusion

1.21 A member of staff who discovers possible plagiarism, fabrication or collusion in work submitted for assessment shall report the suspected offence in writing immediately to the Head of the School where the student is registered.

1.22 The Head of School or nominee shall arrange for the alleged offence to be investigated. The procedure set out in paragraphs 1.24 -1.34 below shall be used for alleged minor offences. The procedure set out in paragraphs 1.35 -1.47 below shall be used for alleged major offences.

1.23 A member of staff who discovers possible plagiarism, fabrication or collusion in work that does not count towards the assessment of the module, or in drafts of work that have not yet been submitted for assessment, shall normally deal with this informally. This will involve re-advising the student of the academic conventions with regard to referencing, reporting of results, etc. applying in the discipline.