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1.1. Plagiarism: Is the presentation of someone else’s work, words, images, ideas, opinions or discoveries, whether published or not, as one’s own, or alternatively appropriating the artwork, images or computer generated work of others, without properly acknowledging the source, with or without their permission.

1.2 Plagiarism by students can occur in examinations but it is also likely to occur in coursework, assignments, portfolios, essays and dissertations, etc.

1.3 Examples of plagiarism in such a context would include:

i.Directly copying from written physical, pictorial or written material, without crediting the source;

ii.Paraphrasing someone else’s work, without crediting the source;

1.4 Examples of other forms of academic misconduct (such as cheating, collusion and attempting to obtain an unfair academic advantage) would include:

  • Getting someone else to produce part, or all, of the work submitted;
  •  Colluding with one or more students to produce a piece of work and submitting it individually as one’s own;
  • Copying the work of another student, with or without their permission;
  • Knowingly allowing another student to copy one’s own work;
  • Resubmitting one’s own previously graded work;
  • Using forbidden notes or books in producing assigned work or tests;
  • Fabrication of results (including experiments, research, interviews, observations).

1.5 The use of the word “academic” in the title seeks to define the scope of policy as it relates to the delivery and assessment of the curriculum. It is intended to include all assessed programmes.

2. Academic Misconduct – Actions to be taken by College/Centre

2.1 Plagiarism, cheating and collusion and attempting to obtain an unfair academic advantage are entirely unacceptable and not allowed. As such, these forms of academic misconduct will be subject to disciplinary regulations.

2.2 To prevent the occurrence of academic misconduct, staff should:

i. Inform the students clearly of the policy and procedures on academic integrity and honesty and of any guidelines on academic misconduct, recording the date(s) and occasion(s) for future reference.

ii. Include statements on academic misconduct in college policies, the student handbook ensuring consistency throughout the College.

iii. Make students aware of the penalties for academic misconduct at the earliest stage of the course.

iv. Provide students with guidance on the format of formal acknowledgement of source material.

v. Inform students, in writing if possible, of the extent to which they can collaborate in course work. Please refer to the notes in the guidelines from awarding bodies as to what is, and is not, allowed when collaborating.

vi. Be aware that most students are very computer literate and can scan text and surf the web for model essays, etc, with ease. Ensure adequate access controls are in place and that students are adequately supervised when using computers (especially when networked) to prevent students from copying or printing out other people’s work as part of their own.

vii. Devise procedures for assessing work in such a way that plagiarism; cheating and collusion are more detectable. This might include: ensuring that coursework assessment is supported by unseen and supervised work under test conditions, changing assignment topics yearly, on at least a three-yearly cycle; making less use of generic assignments in favour of tailored assignments; getting to know the style of students’ writing/submissions early on in the course etc.

viii. Fully investigate all instances of suspected academic misconduct utilising the proper disciplinary procedures.

3 Process to investigate academic misconduct

Any suspected or actual academic misconduct will be fully investigated and action will be taken against students involved. This matter will be dealt by senior staff at the centre and other professionals. All students are expected to fully cooperate while the investigation is being carried out. If student involved who refuse to cooperate or is being dishonest, maybe permanently terminated from the course of study. Candidates under investigation must be honest and admit any account of academic misconduct if they have been involved. They also have responsibility to denounce others who have been involved.

Potential action:

i. Cancellation of certificate by informing the right authorities including awarding bodies.

ii. Reassessment of candidate which might imply resubmission of assignment, reexamination, reassessment of portfolio,

iii. Student/learner/candidate re-registration for the course or module according to awarding body guidelines

iv. Resubmission of candidate’s work by own handwriting

v. Other action stipulated by the awarding bodies might be followed

All the institutions and awarding bodies involved will be fully informed about any case of academic misconduct. Advice will be sought and action will be taken accordingly

Upon conclusion of the investigation the student will be informed within 5 working days in writing or email about the outcome. If the candidate does not agree to the decision, he/she can appeal following the complaint and appeal procedure within 5 working days.

The matter will be considered again by another team which will consist of internal and external members taking into consideration the guidance from the awarding body if need be. This decision will be final.