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Plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice

Plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice

Definition of academic malpractice

Academic malpractice is any activity –intentional or otherwise – that is likely to undermine the integrity essential to scholarship or research. It includes plagiarism, collusion, fabrication or falsification of results, and anything else that could result in unearned or undeserved credit for those committing it. Academic malpractice can result from a deliberate act of cheating or may be committed unintentionally. Whether intended or not, all incidents of academic malpractice will be treated seriously by the University in accordance with Regulation XVII Conduct andDiscipline of Students.

Conduct and discipline of students

The University has issued guidance for students to help clarify what will be considered as constituting offences of academic malpractice: Plagiarism, Collusion, Fabrication or Falsification of Results

1. As a student you are expected to cooperate in the learning process throughout your programme of study by completing assignments of various kinds that are the product of your own study or research. You must ensure that you are familiar with, and comply with the University’s regulations and conventions: ignorance of the University regulations and conventions cannot be used as a defence for plagiarism or some other form of academic malpractice

2. This guidance is designed to help you understand what we regard as academic malpractice and hence to help you to avoid committing it.You should read it carefully, because academic malpractice is regarded as a serious offence and students found to have committed it will be penalized. A range of penalties may be applied including the capping of marks, being awarded zero (with or without loss of credits), failing the whole unit, being demoted to a lower class of degree, or being excluded from the programme.

3. In addition, your School will give you advice on how to avoid academic malpractice in the context of your discipline. It will also design assessments so as to help you avoid the temptation to commit academic malpractice. Finally, you should take note that work you submit may be screened electronically to check against other material on the web and in other submitted work.

If you commit any form of academic malpractice, teaching staff will not be able to assess your individual abilities objectively or accurately. Any short-term gain you might have hoped to achieve will be cancelled out by the loss of proper feedback you might have received, and in the long run such behaviour is likely to damage your overall intellectual development, to say nothing of your self-esteem. You are the one who loses.

The University’s Guidance to students on Plagiarism and Other Forms of Academic Malpractice may be found in full via the following link:

Plagiarism Guidance for Students