Staff guidance to preventing academic misconduct including plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty or cheating. 

The University of Plymouth student handbook states:

“Plagiarism is an offence under the University Examination and Assessment Regulations. It is defined as the representation of another person’s work (including another student’s) as your own, without acknowledging the source."

It can take the following forms:

  • direct copying from texts
  • paraphrasing (rewording) or summarising other people's work without referencing the source.

Both of these points also apply to material taken from the internet. Students must reference the website from which they obtained the material.

It is the failure to acknowledge others’ work/ideas as the source which constitutes plagiarism. Students can be guilty of plagiarism even if they did not intend to imply that the work was their own.

Students should be given advice on how to prepare and reference work in an appropriate academic manner, including that for group assignments.  The originality detection software Turnitin is utilised through the DLE for students to be able to formatively check their work and summatively in assessment by staff. 


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