Plagiarism, like cheating and collusion, is when you are dishonest about the source of information that you include in your work. When you have academic honesty you do not plagiarise, cheat or collude and you respect copyright. Academic dishonesty is considered academic misconduct.
What is it?
- Plagiarism is the taking, and representing as your own, material or ideas which has been prepared or written by another person.
- Cheating is when you wilfully deceive, or assist others to deceive, the development of your work for assessment. This may be in exams, assignments or other forms of assessment.
- Collusion is a form of cheating in which you have copied the work of another, or worked closely with others, in developing work that you present as your own.
Cheating and collusion are intentional acts to deceive and have serious consequences. This also applies to plagiarism; however plagiarism sometimes can be unintentional, but this will still incur serious penalties. It is important that you, the student, are fully aware of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
Remember, if you are unsure, always ask your lecturer, tutor, library staff member or Learning Skills teacher.