Plagiarism and confidentiality

Plagiarism and collusion

Deakin University defines plagiarism and collusion as follows:

Plagiarism occurs when a student passes off as the student’s own work, or copies without acknowledgement as to its authorship, the work of any other person.

Collusion occurs when a student obtains the agreement of another person for a fraudulent purpose with the intent of obtaining an advantage in submitting an assignment or other work.

Plagariam and collusion self-test

The Students' gateway to Campus website has an online plagiarism and collusion self-test to help students understand and avoid plagiarism and collusion.

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

The ‘Avoiding plagiarism and collusion’ page on the Students' gateway to Campus web site provides information on what plagiarism is, Deakin University's policy on plagiarism, ways to avoid plagiarism, and referencing systems.

Acknowledging the work of others

Whilst being aware of plagiarism, do not be afraid to use points made by other people in the references you have accessed or to make comment and draw analogies of your own from your reading. But remember, you must always acknowledge your sources. The aim of any written work submitted for assessment is to present one’s own argument in one’s own words. Quotations should, therefore, be employed sparingly and should always be accompanied by a reference to that source.

For further information and Deakin’s policy regarding summarising, paraphrasing and quoting

Privacy and confidentiality

Except where there is a legal exception, the PDU will not release any personal information to a third party without written permission to do so.

The PDU has processes and procedures to ensure the confidentiality and security of any personal information held.


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