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Plagiarism is the act of passing off another person’s work as your own. All academic dishonesty is unacceptable. Students must not submit for assessment any assignment that is not referenced appropriately and not in their own words. They cannot copy and paste from the internet and just change a few words or swap the sentence around. This is considered plagiarism even if they reference their source.
Students cannot copy straight from the Learner’s Guide, even if they reference it. They must write everything in their own words. Sure this is hard sometimes, as there are only so many ways to say something, and we will make allowances for this. On the whole however, student assignments must be their own work.
Please refer to the ‘Plagiarism & Referencing Guide’ for instructions in what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. This guide shows how to properly reference in the Harvard style and how to pick appropriate sources of information.
We have also published a ‘Cheat Sheet’ showing examples of how to reference the kinds of resources students will access during their course. It’s available in the Student Lounge.
We automatically submit all written assessments to a Plagiarism Checker online called URKUND. Educators are then provided with a report of the percentage of plagiarised work and detail on what was plagiarised and where from. There is no single definition for a set percentage of plagiarism that is ‘acceptable’.
Students do not receive this report but will be contacted if the percent of plagiarism is high, and after review, the Educator can see that the work is not their own. URKUND checks against all Learner’s Guides, the internet and other submitted assignments by students both with us, and other providers.
Plagiarism falls under ‘Academic Dishonesty’. All allegations of academic dishonesty will be dealt with (and penalised where substantiated) in accordance with the Student Misconduct Procedure. A summary of the penalties, which may be applied under these procedures, is as follows.
If a case of academic dishonesty is determined to be the result of genuine misunderstanding, we will allow the student to resubmit an edited submission. The student will receive an informal warning for the instance, which is noted in their file.
Subsequent instances of plagiarism will not be treated as the result of a misunderstanding.
All other plagiarism will be categorised as low, medium of high, depending on the actual percentage of plagiarism after an Educator has reviewed the assessment and removed any incorrect tags of plagiarism.
Students are required to reference ALL resources they access when preparing their assessments. This include IN-TEXT CITATION as well as their REFERENCE LIST at the end of their assessment.
We recommend the Harvard method. If a student is more familiar with a different referencing style, such as APA, they can feel free to use this. Students will not be penalized if their reference formatting is incorrect, as long as the Educator can establish the source easily.
Refer to the Plagiarism, Researching & Referencing Handbook for detailed information on the requirements and how to reference. The Referencing Cheat Sheet will help students format their references for commonly used sources.