University of Canberra/Plagiarism

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The University of Canberra policy on plagiarism:

"Academic integrity, based on the principles of ethical behaviour and a respect for knowledge, is fundamental to the academic environment at the University. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others but this use must be acknowledged and proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices which contravene academic values. The University regards academic dishonesty as a serious offence and a penalty will be imposed on anyone found guilty of such conduct. The two main forms of academic dishonesty are plagiarism in assignments and misconduct in examinations."
(Studying at the University of Canberra: a Guide to Policies and Procedures, 01/2008, p. 10).

Definition and examples of plagiarism

"Plagiarism means claiming and using the thoughts or writings or creative works of others without appropriate acknowledgment or attribution. It includes:

  • copying part or all of another student's assignment;
  • allowing another person to write some or all of your assignment;
  • copying paragraphs, sentences or parts of sentences directly from texts or the internet without enclosing them in quotation marks or otherwise showing them to be copied; even if the source is acknowledged, this is still plagiarism;
  • using concepts or developed ideas, even if paraphrased or summarised, from another person, from texts or the internet without acknowledging the source; and
  • copying graphics, architectural plans, multimedia works or other forms of intellectual property without appropriate acknowledgment._"
    (Student Academic Integrity Policy, 07/04/2008, p.2).

For more information see the Academic Integrity Module.