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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is of the highest importance to Flinders University. You may read about the university’s approach to Academic Integrity at these websites:
Academic Integrity Management Strategy: http://www.flinders.edu.au/aims/
Academic Dishonesty: http://www.flinders.edu.au/studentinfo/acad_dishon.htm

Plagiarism is the use of another’s ideas or words as if they were one’s own. Plagiarism constitutes academic dishonesty, and is taken very seriously by both the School of Humanities and the university. The penalties for plagiarism may include zero marks for the relevant piece of work, a fail grade for the whole topic, or referral to the Vice-Chancellor.

Flinders University’s Policy on Academic Integrity states:

Plagiarism is the use of another person's words or ideas as if they were one's own. It may occur as a result of lack of understanding and/or inexperience about the correct way to acknowledge and reference sources. It may result from poor academic practice, which may include poor note taking, careless downloading of material or failure to take sufficient care in meeting the required standards. It may also occur as a deliberate misuse of the work of others with the intent to deceive. It may include, but is not restricted to:

  • presenting extracts, without quotation marks and/or without appropriate referencing, from books, articles, theses, other published or unpublished works, films, music, choreography, working papers, seminar or conference papers, internal reports, computer software codes, lecture notes or tapes, numerical calculations, data or work from another student. In such cases, it is not adequate merely to acknowledge the source. This applies to material accessed in hard copy, electronically or in any other medium;
  • close paraphrasing of sentences or whole paragraphs with or without acknowledgement by referencing of the original work;
  • adopting ideas or structures from a source without acknowledgment;
  • using source codes and data from other's work without acknowledgement;
  • arranging for someone else to undertake all or part of a piece of work and presenting that work as one's own;
  • submitting another student's work whether or not it has been previously submitted by that student.

You may read the full policy here: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/student/SecC_b.htm

When you borrow an idea, do one of two things. Either express it in language that is thoroughly your own and acknowledge the borrowing with a note, or indicate the exact extent of your debt to the actual words of your source – whether a single word, a phrase, or a passage – by enclosing it in quotation marks and acknowledging your debt with a note.

You may use your first footnote/endnote to refer to a general indebtedness as well as a particular one, by writing something like the following:
“In this paper I draw extensively upon [insert full reference here]. Individual citations cannot indicate fully my reliance on [name of author]’s commentary.”
Even if you have made this general acknowledgement, however, specific quotations and borrowed or paraphrased ideas must still be separately cited.

The cover sheet for essays and assignments in most disciplines includes a formal declaration acknowledging that you are aware of the university’s policies on this matter, and that what you are submitting is your own work.

Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to plagiarism. If in doubt, acknowledge the source. If doubt remains, ask your tutor about satisfactory procedure. Each discipline is willing to discuss essay writing and plagiarism. If you are not clear about the nature of work expected from you, see your tutor.


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