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Plagiarism & Ethics

Academic integrity fosters independent learning skills, and good practice demands personal integrity and respect for scholarship. Students should be aware of the ethical and legal requirements with regard to assessments, authorship and the acknowledgement of work done by others. 

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Sometimes it is difficult to navigate yourself through university, so we've set out some academic guidelines, terms and consequences below, to make sure you don't break the rules.

What is plagiarism? Knowingly copying someone’s work without correct acknowledgement or including work from someone else, but not referencing correctly are both a breach of academic integrity. In addition to being unprofessional, submitting plagiarised work can result in a 50% reduction in marks, a fail for the assessment/subject or a suspension from University. 

What is unintentional plagiarism? Including work from someone else, but not referencing correctly is a breach of academic integrity. In addition to being unprofessional, handing in plagiarised work may require a re-submission and 50% reduction in marks

What is contract cheating? Paying someone to prepare an assignment for you or being paid to prepare an assignment for someone. In addition to being deceitful, contract cheating may result in a ‘fail’, exclusion from the University or cancellation of your award/degree.

What is cheating? Cheating in an exam, such as bringing in notes or copying, is a breach of academic integrity. In addition to being dishonest, cheating may result in a ‘fail’ or re-sitting a different exam with reduced marks. 

Academic integrity rule #1 - Don’t submit work prepared by another person. Handing in an assignment prepared by someone else is a breach of academic integrity. You may be required to resubmit for lower marks or you may fail the assignment or the whole subject. 

Academic integrity rule #2 - Don’t work as part of a group to deceive others. Do you have a different tutor than your friends? Think the tutor won’t notice you all handed in the same assignment? They will notice, and your group may need to resubmit for lower marks or fail the assignment all together. 

Academic integrity rule #3 - Don’t offer or accept bribes or favours (sexual or other) for admission or better grades. Offering a bribe or favour for increased marks? Accepting a bribe or favour for dishonest results? Both are breaches in academic integrity and consequences include; a heavy reduction in marks, a fail for the subject or a suspension from University. 

Academic integrity rule #4 - Don’t mislead, fabricate (make up) or falsify information. Making something up or changing results to mislead, are both forms of academic misconduct. If you are found to have done this, you may need to resubmit an assessment for lower marks or you may fail your assessment or the whole subject. 

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