Students should take careful note that plagiarism is a very serious form of cheating. To avoid the accusation of plagiarism, sources in written work must always be clearly identified and acknowledged.

All written work should include the following declaration:

1. I know that plagiarism is wrong. Plagiarism is to use another’s work and pretend that it is my own.

2. I have used the Harvard convention for citation and referencing. Each significant reference to and quotation in this essay from the work(s) of other people has been acknowledged and has been cited and referenced.

3. This essay is my own work.

4. I have not allowed, and will not allow, anyone to copy my work with the intention of passing it off as their own work.

Signed:________________________ . Date:_________________________ .

1. Lecturers have the right to judge and penalize cases of plagiarism in accordance with the guidelines set out in this document.

2. The objective is to deal with detected plagiarism in a fair, transparent and consistent manner.

3. An allegation of plagiarism is not the same as substantive proof of the incident.

4. A student suspected of plagiarism must be informed of the charge by the lecturer marking the script, and be given a chance to respond to the allegation in person.

5. If the student admits to the plagiarism, the lecturer, must suggest a penalty in line with the Plagiarism Penalty Scale (refer to the Appendix), and a note of the incident must be placed on the student’s record.

6. Should a student not admit to the plagiarism, or disputes the degree of seriousness, then he / she has the right to appeal to the Academic Dean.

7. The penalty scale applies to all work submitted for assessment.

8. An important criterion for judging the seriousness of the violation is “quantity”; however, the general principle is that the penalty should be appropriate to the seriousness of the incident.

9. The quantity of the violation is determined by the lecturer, using the Plagiarism Penalty Scale.

10. When investigating an incident, the following are deemed important:

10.1. The significance of the plagiarised content on the assessment of the submitted work;

10.2. The extent or amount of the plagiarism in the submitted work;

10.3. The year and level of the student;

10.4. Whether the student has any previous incidents of plagiarism; and

10.5. Any apparent intention by the student to deceive.

11. Should a student have a record of any previous proven instance(s) of plagiarism, a process will ensue, in terms of which, the Ethics Committee will make its recommendations known to the Academic Committee, for a final decision and / or disciplinary process.

The Plagiarism Penalty Scale:

DEGREE OF SERIOUSNESS

FIRST INCIDENT

 SECOND INCIDENT

MINOR

(Less than 10% of the text ‘plagiarised’)

1. Cancellation of mark

2. Opportunity to re-submit

a. Cancellation of mark

b. NO opportunity to re-submit

MODERATE

(More than 10%, but less than 20% of text ‘plagiarised’)

1. Cancellation of mark

2. Opportunity to re-submit

3. Warning

a. Cancellation of mark

b. NO opportunity to re-submit

c. Note on student’s record

SERIOUS

(More than 20% of text ‘plagiarised’)

1. Cancellation of mark

2. NO Opportunity to re-submit

3. Written Warning

a. Cancellation of mark

b. NO opportunity to re-submit

c. Note on student’s record

d. Disciplinary hearing

e. Final Warning / Dismissal