Plagiarism means presenting someone else’s work in any format as your own original work without appropriate acknowledgement of the author or its source. It can also be deliberate cheating or copying and pasting from sources without correct acknowledgement.
The need to acknowledge the work of another arises out of a set of rights provided for in the Intellectual property policy (PDF 258KB, 10 pages). These include the right to attribution and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work. The UTS: Library has more information on Copyright and UTS.
Plagiarism is a type of student misconduct and a breach of academic integrity. It can take many forms these days, but the university has systems in place to actively check and act upon any instances of plagiarism in students’ work. UTS treats any form of plagiarism verPenalties for plagiarism are harsh and can result in you:
- failing the assessment task;
- failing the subject; and/or
- being excluded from the university.
Forms of plagiarism
Some examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:
- copying out part(s) of any document, audio-visual material, computer-based material or artistic piece without acknowledging the source. This includes copying directly or indirectly from the original, for example, photocopying, faxing, emailing, or by any other means, including memorising
- using another person's concepts, results, processes or conclusions, and passing them off as your own
- paraphrasing and/or summarising and another's work without acknowledging the source
- buying or acquiring an assignment written by someone else on your behalf
Other forms of behaviour that breach academic integrity and are regarded at UTS as student misconduct include, but are not limited to:
- submitting an assignment which is all or partly written or designed by someone else, including:
- copying from someone you know
- downloading or buying from an Internet site
- allowing another person to submit your work as his/her own
- working together with another student on an assignment intended for individual submission, and then submitting work which is similar in content and language
- placing a request and offering to pay someone to complete your assessment, and then submitting that assessment task as your ownnd how to avoid plagiarism.
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