Academic Integrity

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct. Plagiarism may be committed in a number of ways, including:

  • Copying another person's work or ideas. This includes copying from other students and from published or unpublished material such as books, internet sources, paper mills, computer code, designs or similar
  • Submitting previously submitted or assessed work of your own without attribution
  • Submitting work solicited from (or written by) others
  • Failing to adequately reference your sources

Plagiarism and duplication of material, as defined below, are cited in the regulations as examples of breaches of General Regulation V.3:

  • Plagiarism: Reproducing in any work submitted for assessment or review (for example, examination answers, essays, project reports, dissertations or theses) any material derived from work authored by another without clearly acknowledging the source
  • Duplication of material: Reproducing in any submitted work any substantial amount of material used by that student in other work for assessment, either at this University or elsewhere, without acknowledging that such work has been so submitted

What constitutes plagiarism for different subject areas may vary. Check in your handbook or with your lecturer and department for faculty specific definitions of plagiarism. Links to faculty information on plagiarism:



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Last Updated: 12/02/2013