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Test your knowledge of ways to manage plagiarism and collusion
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Plagiarism and collusion are widespread in Australian universities, and Deakin is no exception. In the interests of fairness and developing students' academic integrity, teaching staff are obliged to take the issue seriously.
The temptations for students to plagiarise and collude have increased in recent years:
Not all plagiarism is intentional, and for a novice, plagiarism and collusion are not easy concepts to understand. For students to avoid the pitfalls, they need some expertise in note-taking, writing and critical thinking, as well as knowledge of the conventions of academic writing and referencing. Many students with poor language abilities find developing these skills takes considerable effort.
For a teacher, a three-part approach is needed to address plagiarism and collusion effectively:
In this case study a Deakin University teacher shares her experiences and perspectives related to plagiarism, and talks of how her teaching was adapted accordingly.
Plagiarism: plagiarism occurs when a student passes off as the student's own work, or copies without acknowledgement of its authorship, the work of any other person.
Collusion: 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.
(Definitions from the Deakin University Plagiarism and Collusion Operational Policy.)
The University has published an operational policy and a procedure on plagiarism and collusion. Both are available from The Guide.